For more than a year now, Gun Shy Assassin has brought you a series of intimate interviews with Chris Adler, the punishing drummer for Lamb of God. That series continues, even now that the new record is in stores. It’s a GSA exclusive, and it’s awesome, baby!
So…did you get the record yet? I did not get a chance yet to buy Resolution; I got sidetracked with my real job yesterday, but today, will be purchasing a copy. I actually haven’t done that in a king’s age, but I must. I talked to Chris through the whole freakin’ making of it, documenting his mindset and even hitting the studio to watch Chris Adler in action. It’s been quite a trip, and I’m glad dude took me along for part of the ride.
Quite shockingly, Resolution did not leak online before it’s release date. Well, not a good copy anyways. Not a quality copy, much to the label’s credit.
Last week, Chris Adler told Gun Shy Assassin he wasn’t thinking about the album leak. At all.
“If I try to stop it, it’s going to happen, and if I leave it alone, it’s going to be terrible quality,” Adler explains. “It was funny; someone showed me on some message boards where these kids were arguing back and forth about how…they didn’t realize it was a terrible leak. They were discussing the ‘choice’ that we’d made in the production value of the record. They thought that was legit. It blows the mind that someone would think that’s legit at this point — whatever.”
Lamb of God this week are playing a string of East Coast shows as a primer to their tour of the South Pacific.
“We start in South Korea, and we’ve never been, so hopefully, things stay even keel over there,” starts Chris. “We’ve had some crazy moments. We left China the morning of this huge earthquake. It happened very shortly after our plane left. We left Thailand, and an hour later, the red shirts started rioting, and had closed down the airports. A lot of times we get in and get out at the right time.”
The band also had a show cancelled in Ecuador a few years back by this political uprising that just took rise as they landed.
“If you’re putting money in Vegas on some Korean shit going down, you might want to put it on the day after our show,” Adler jokes. “We used to have a curse; the van would always break down, or the bus driver would fall asleep. It was almost impossible to get us to the show. Now — maybe with our popularity growth — we are putting forth the curse to everyone else. We are spreading the disease.”
Chris says he and the rest of Lamb of God are not counting on a #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200 (Wrath opened at #2 while Sacrament entered the chart at #8), but Adler admits it would be nice.
“We heard that one of them cowboy guys [Edit: That’s Tim McGraw] is coming out with a new record — who knows what’s going to happen? That discussion is happening at the label level,” Adler says.
“There are certainly no expectations or hopes in our minds, because we never thought we’d get to where we are and we don’t want to be disappointed. Hopefully, we’ll be impressed. We’re just going to wait and see what happens,” Adler offers.
“As a metal band, to hope for something like that is almost self-defeating,” he adds. “You’re not supposed to have a top ten record as a metal band. You’re supposed to be the bad guys…the rebel music. I’m not going to complain; if I can show my mom and dad we got to the top of the chart, that would be pretty sweet.”
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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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