GERRY NESTLER (PHILM, CIVIL DEFIANCE): “We Recorded Most Of [Time Burner] In 2016″


Unfinished Business

When Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo left Philm abruptly in 2016 he proclaimed, “I did not exit Philm, I ended Philm.” Vocalist/guitarist Gerry Nestler kept the band together playing a few live shows after that, but eventually Philm came to a stand still. Nestler went on to release his first solo album in 2018 entitled Mama’s Child. Gerry also reunited his first band Civil Defiance in 2019, but there was something about Philm that felt unfinished to Nestler.

On February 19, 2021 Philm will release their third studio effort Time Burner through Metalville Records. Nestler is backed by longtime bassist Pancho Tomaselli and Grammy Award Winning drummer Anderson Quintero. I had the chance to speak with Gerry Nestler about Philm and other topics. I found Gerry to be an interesting guy. In fact, we ended up talking for close to an hour. Below is an edited version of our interview. If you are interested in the full uncut interview, you can find it at the end of the page.

Highlights Include

  • Discussion of the new album Time Burner
  • Dave Lombardo’s departure
  • Legal issues related to getting rights to Philm material
  • Has he spoke to Lombardo since the break-up
  • His plans for Civil Defiance
  • Nestler’s musical influences

Philm is

Gerry Nestler – Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Pancho Tomaselli – Bass
Anderson Quintero – Drums


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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