For months now, Gun Shy Assassin has been bringing you an ongoing string of quick, casual, off-the-cuff interviews with the very talented Chris Adler — drummer for the one and only Lamb of God. Often, our conversations center around Chris’ life — and often, his obsession with mint cookie ice cream. Of course, Chris will continue to be checking in with Gun Shy Assassin from time to time with updates on what’s going on in his world, and he will occasionally answer some topical and ridiculous questions from me. Here now is another exclusive you will only find at Gun Shy: the twentieth installment of Adler Chatter with Chris Adler.
The record label machine is already cranking for the new Lamb of God record, which won’t even be in stores until early 2012. Chris Adler, the band’s illustrious drummer, tells Gun Shy Assassin he is already talking to magazines “several hours a week,” talking about the new album.
“The first week of November, I’m doing a press tour of Japan and Australia,” says Adler. “We’ve been planning the next 24 months of our lives. It’s going to be hectic. The machine is starting.”
By machine, Adler’s referring not only to the label machine, but the Lamb of God machine.
“There’s an internal machine that we have,” Adler starts. “We’re really paying the bills for quite a few people, including ourselves. We have management; there’s the legal team; the publicity team; there’s booking agents both nationally and internationally. There are tax people in almost every different country. We really are this kind of itty bitty, teeny weeny economy of our own. And then there’s the whole machine of the industry itself which either swallows you or spits you out, but it is incredibly daunting at all times to know that its such a fickle monster.”
Despite the band’s successes and touring plans that will have them busy through 2013, Adler says he still worries it could all fall apart.
“Its so hard for me to not run out and try to find some sort of stable day job,” says Adler. “It does drive you crazy, but over the years, you just kinda get jaded, I guess, and just let it go and understand that sometimes, the snowball is bigger than you, and sometimes, you have to push the snowball. It is what it is.”
I start to ask Adler about the impending Lamb of God disc, some of which I’ve actually heard. I ask Chris if one of the songs will have the word “hell” in the title. Chris laughs.
“Is that the criteria for awesome?,” he asks; I tell him that seems to be the way of things, no? “I will tell you this: Knowing that, I promise you Chris that if I can go in and insert a hell, I will. The lyrics are all done, so everything should have a very obvious song title, and I promise you that when I get off this phone call, I will text Randy and see if we can get a ‘hell’ in there somewhere.”
I remind him that “Walk With Me In Hell” was a killer track, so, maybe that’s an idea to consider. “I will give it an honest shot,” Adler adds.
Then, I tell Chris that I have been listening to Ashes of the Wake a ton lately. Like, a lot.
“Ashes is one of the albums that hopefully will stand the test of time,” says Chris. “Fans always say that its that album or Palaces that got them into us or got them into metal. I am not doing this for anybody but myself, and I am not immune to that, and I am always hoping we can create something like that for the listener again. Time will tell, but with this new one, its as close as we’ve been, that’s for sure.”
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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; a forthcoming book will address 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.