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 eighth installment of Adler Chatter with Chris Adler.
Drummer Chris Adler and the rest of Lamb of God are hard at work on their next album — the follow-up to 2009’s Wrath. The writing sessions have been going strong for more than a month and things are going smoothly, Adler tells Gun Shy Assassin. The band have 26 songs written, and keeping cranking out more as they approach the start date for the album’s recording.
“Dealing with four other adults on a creative level…it is a pretty insane process,” says Adler. “It’s full of twists and turns and I’m having a pretty good time.”
But the band will be taking some time away from the new record next month to play in Canada at the D-Tox Rockfest in Quebec. It was the one gig the band had planned for 2011.
“This was it, and this — not to take anything away from it, because I’m excited about doing it and I know Randy is very excited about playing with the Descendents — but this was one that got snuck in before we kind of closed the door on shows this year, and we did so very purposefully to be able to have the time to write the record and do what we’re doing right now,” Chris says.
“This was booked last year and was set up in advance of all those kinds of decisions. This has been in the works for a long time and it is going to be a way to get out of the studio and get in the mood to record.”
When the band returns June 18, Adler will pack up his drums for the trek to New York, where he will begin tracking drums. As I am talking to Chris, I bring up bin Laden and Team Six, who busted in and were the ones who took him out. I asked him what he thought about Osama’s death.
“I was just talking in the rehearsal today that I still don’t believe it because I’m pretty sure he plays bass in our band,” Adler said with a laugh.
“I don’t know. I see these dolts out there chanting ‘U.S.A., U.S.A.’ and I find that very amusing. I don’t want to celebrate the killing of anybody, but at the same time he was not looking out for my personal benefit either. I really don’t have a take on it. I’m going to go about my day, doing my best to raise a three-year-old, write some kick ass heavy metal tunes, and make sure I leave myself 30 minutes at the end of the day to eat as much ice cream as I possibly can.”
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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