Gun Shy Assassin Presents Adler Chatter With Chris Adler

Adler Chatter with Chris Adler

Our ongoing series of no-nonsense interviews with Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler continues today with this, our 31st installment

Over the last couple of weeks, Lamb of God have been tearing it up all across Europe and even played a gig in India. Now, they’ve been announced for the first annual Knotfest, with Slipknot, The Deftones, Serj Tankian, and Cannibal Corpse. Fans continue to snatch up copies of the band’s new album, Resolution.

Obviously, they’re one of the biggest bands on the planet. But that fact does little to allay the fears of Chris Adler, who worries it could fall apart at any moment.

“I’m a bit of a fatalist, I suppose,” Adler admits during his most recent chat with Gun Shy Assassin. “I am just constantly consumed with the idea of everything coming to an end sooner than later.”

Chris has nothing to worry about. Lamb of God are one of those bands new metal fans will be forever discovering — ten years down the line, kids will be latching on to Resolution as I latched on to Peace Sells.

That’s kind of a huge deal, if you ask this asshole.

But I digress. Lamb of God have been doing less touring than they would have even five years ago, and Adler says things on the road are good.

“When we left it off at the end of the Wrath touring cycle, to say that we were a little bit tired of each other would be a gross understatement,” Adler says.

“But there’s nothing new there. But we have have all grown up a lot. It’s interesting; when we started the touring again, and we picked up the Asia tour and we started South Korea, the vibe was really, really good.

“Everyone is getting on really well,” he adds. “Its been just a lot of laughs, and everybody really seems to be on the same page for the moment. It’s good, and I have learned to enjoy that while I can, because, say a year-and-a-half into this schedule, it will probably turn into the same old thing. But for now, everything’s great, and people are showing up like crazy.”

Yet, he worries it will end. Relax, bro.

“The older I get, and the more kind of engrossed we get in our own career path, I think we lose touch a little bit with how we are doing,” says Chris. “It seems like now we show up and people show up to see us. It’s not that we take that for granted. It’s just it’s hard to tell at what rate it’s growing anymore. If it’s a snowball, a pause…it’s hard for us to gauge.”

I turn away from his own music for a moment and talk about other bands with Chris, who buys records every week and genuinely is a fan of good music.

Adler and I discuss seeing the reunited Refused.

“I was a fan at the time, and it was a total clusterfuck what happened to them,” says Chris. “And it’s kind of a bum out seeing them take the check and get back together; I like the idea of the legacy left intact, but I was psyched to have the chance to check out the show.”

We talk about buying new records, and Chris tells me he mostly ends up buying his friends’ new albums, “to help their scans out” the first week.

“There is a record store, and unfortunately, it has a big lease sign in its window,” starts Adler. “It’s called Plan 9 Music in Richmond. It’s been a mainstay; every Tuesday morning, I would wait for the doors to open to get whatever record was coming out this week. I go their with my daughter and we spend two to three in there. I still enjoy looking through cover art, and finding interesting stuff…and it’s fun to share that with her.”

Everyone should have a dad like Chris Adler.

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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.

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.