In a brand new interview with Metal Sucks, guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn of San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD was asked to weigh in on the contractual dispute that forced SLAYER‘s Dave Lombardo to sit out the band’s recent appearance at the Soundwave festival in Australia.

“Being in a band is hard — much harder than anybody realizes, especially after all that time,” he said. “It’s a lot more fragile than people want to believe.”

He continued: “This is the third time he’s quit, I’m sure he’ll be back at some point.

“I wish both parties the best.

Dave is a great dude, amazing drummer, and SLAYER are one of the greatest bands in history, thrash or otherwise.”

In a February 2008 online post, Flynn stated about SLAYER: “”If it weren’t for SLAYER, there would be no MACHINE HEAD, and I have no problem saying that. Even before we toured with them, I had seen SLAYER more times than any other band in my life. My friends and I lived and breathed SLAYER, and Phil [Demmel, guitar], Adam [Duce, bass], and I all shared many pre-MACHINE HEAD moments worshipping SLAYER, whether it was driving across country listening to ‘Seasons’ on the first VIO-LENCE tour, or driving all over California as friends for hours to follow the band around. At this point I can confidently say, that including the over 90 shows MACHINE HEAD have played with them, I have seen probably 130 SLAYER shows all together, more shows than any other band in existence for me.”