Gun Shy Assassin is humbled to be able to bring you an ongoing string of casual, off-the-cuff interviews with the very talented Chris Adler, drummer for the one and only Lamb of God. Chris will be checking in with Gun Shy Assassin from time to time with updates on what’s going on in his world, and will occasionally answer some topical and ridiculous questions from me. Without further explanation, here is a Gun Shy Assassin Exclusive: the fourth installment of Adler Chatter with Chris Adler.
Right now, somewhere in Virginia, Lamb of God is working on tunes for their next record. But drummer Chris Adler isn’t really supposed to talk about the new material or the new disc, at all. “I’m supposed to keep my mouth shut but I’m not very good at it,” he confides to Gun Shy Assassin by phone.
I didn’t want to press him for information about the forthcoming disc, but I had to ask him how his work was going — I just had to. “It’s going really, really super well,” Adler says, without giving away too much.
Basically, Adler tells me that what he expected from the writing sessions when we first spoke with him has basically come to pass: “The guys really have brought much more cohesive and collected ideas to the table this time, and we’re starting off with more material than we could fit on a double album.”
Lamb of God is working six hours a day, five days a week on the follow-up to 2009’s Grammy-nominated Wrath. “It’s going to be nice to be able to — instead of trying to get things up to a level — now we’re kind of consolidating down to the most concentrated of the tunes and really being able to put together some great stuff.”
I move on, because I know he can’t say much more. We discuss the clinic tour he recently completed, and how it was a major learning experience for him. “I learned it’s not for me,” Adler says with a laugh. “In the end, it was absolutely an exercise in self torture. I really thought once I did two or three of them, that I would get my routine down and come up with this rap I could do every night or whatever; it just never got easier. I was almost debilitatingly nervous before each show. I know I’ve been kind of outspoken and certainly at times a voice for the band, but having the actual limelight on me is super uncomfortable. I am more than happy to play the drums, and let these guys run around out there.”
Adler was offered the chance to take the clinic overseas, but luckily, had Lamb of God to get back to. Now, his full-time focus is on the new record, he says — adding that the band is recording every minute of the writing sessions, and keeping “audible notes of everything” they’re coming up with.
“We’re well ahead of the game and the stuff that we’re doing…I was trying to tell my wife about it and how it might be different, and it’s just very, very…”
He stops. “I don’t know how best to describe it. A lot of people expect heavy metal records from us and we’re not changing directions in any way. But it seems almost punk to me…at least the pace of the songs themselves are. Before, I always wanted things to be faster and faster, and now, literally, they are sometimes faster than I can keep up with.”
And with that, I relieve Chris until our next installment, so that he can go be with his family. See you folks again in a few weeks.
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. Anything else you need to know about Chris Adler, you can find at his web site, Chris-Adler.com.
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