Last month, the winners of Revolver’s Golden Gods Awards were announced and for the most part, I was totally befuddled by the eventual honorees.
I questioned how two dudes from Black Veil Brides could win “Best Guitarists” over the likes of Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick, Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel, and Lamb of God’s Willie Adler and Mark Morton.
I also wondered how the drummer from Five Finger Death Punch could win “Best Drummer” over Brann Dailor of Mastodon, Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake, AND my boy Chris Adler. I knew something was up there.
So when I recently spoke with Chris, I had to ask him how this could be — how the dude from Five Finger Death Punch could be considered a better drummer than Lamb of God’s kitman.
When I bring up the subject, Adler laughs.
“I don’t want to in any way discredit any of these awards shows,” Adler says. “They did reach out to us to see if we could attend, but our schedule was conflicting with our tours and family obligations. I’m sure they would prefer winners to be present.”
Hmmm. Very interesting. So, basically, I guess whoever could show up got the award. That’s Revolver for you.
“There have been things we have turned down because of the general nature of it,” Adler continues.
“It’s nice that there is something like that for metal, and who am I to say I am more or less talented than the guy from Five Finger Death Punch?,” asked Chris.
“But that kind of thing, we look at the same way we look at the Grammys — its not why we do this,” Adler adds. “I don’t really need awards or organizations to tell me I’m doing it right.”
Nope, just Gun Shy Assassin. And yes, Chris and Lamb of God are doing something right.
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Chris Adler is the drummer for Grammy-nominated metal band Lamb of God and the author of the book “The Making of Lamb of God’s New American Gospel,” a comprehensive behind-the-scenes narrative book detailing the early days of Lamb of God and the writing and recording of their ‘New American Gospel’ LP. He has also released a new book that addresses the recording of ‘As The Palaces Burn.’ Anything else you need to know about Chris Adler, you can find at his web site, Chris-Adler.com.