Chris Adler (drummer)

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Chris Adler
Birth name Christopher James Adler
Born (1972-11-23) November 23, 1972 (age 42)
Origin Richmond, Virginia
Genres Groove metal, thrash metal, progressive metal
Instruments Drums
Years active 1989–present
Labels Epic
Associated acts Lamb of God, Burn the Priest, Jettison Charlie, Blotted Science, Testament, Protest The Hero, Megadeth
Notable instruments
Mapex Black Panther Series Kit

Christopher James Adler (born November 23, 1972) is an American drummer, best known as a member of the groove metal bands Lamb of God and Megadeth.[1] He is the older brother of Lamb of God bandmate and guitarist Willie Adler. Chris had played in several local bands before joining Lamb of God in 1994. He is known for his often used Heel-toe technique.


Adler attended Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia; Adler attended college at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia where he met current bandmates John Campbell and Mark Morton. His inspirations include former Wrathchild America and current Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin[2] and Stewart Copeland[3] of The Police. On August 9 2014 ABC News radio asked Adler in an interview if he did the drums for the new Slipknot single "The Negative One". Adler responded with "I can"t confirm nor deny it".

According to DRUM! Magazine, Adler describes his first drum kit as a disaster:

“The bass drum legs were different lengths so they wouldn't touch the ground at the same time. Every time I would hit it, it would wobble from left to right. The cymbal stands were duct taped together, and I think after two or three times playing the kit, the pedalboard actually broke in half because it was made of that crappy old fake metal."[4]

Like Lamb of God Bassist John Campbell, Adler is a vegetarian.[5][6]

Chris Adler's equipment[edit]

Adler uses Black Panther Series Mapex Drums, his own signature Black Panther 12x5.5" snare, and Gibraltar Hardware. He also uses and endorses Aquarian Drumheads, Pro-Mark signature Sticks, Trick Big Foot Pedals and Meinl Cymbals. Chris helped Meinl produce the 24" MB20 Pure Metal Ride for him and helped with the creation of the 12" Soundcaster Custom Distortion Splash. He also uses a Roland pad and TD-7 Module to trigger an 808.

Current tour kit[edit]

  • Drums - Mapex Black Panther Series Kit [7]
    • 10"x9" Tom
    • 12"×10" Tom
    • 16"×16" Floor Tom
    • 18"×16" Floor Tom
    • 22"×18" Bass Drum (×2)
    • 12"×5.5" Mapex Chris Adler Signature Black Panther Snare (Discontinued)
  • CymbalsMeinl [8]
    • 14" Generation X Filter China
    • 16" Generation X Filter China
    • 17" Byzance China (Prototype)
    • 14" Soundcaster Custom Medium Soundwave Hihat - 14" Byzance Dark Hihat
    • 8" Byzance Splash (x2)
    • 12" Soundcaster Custom Distortion Splash
    • 14" Soundcaster Custom Medium Crash
    • 16" Mb8 Medium Crash
    • 18" Byzance Medium Thin Crash
    • 24" Mb20 Pure Metal Ride (Signature model)
    • 8" Classics High Bell
  • Drumheads - Aquarian
    • Toms: Clear Response 2 - Classic Clear
    • Bass: Clear Superkick 2 - Custom Resonant
    • Snare: Coated Hi-Energy snare batter - Classic clear snare side
  • Hardware [9]
    • Trick pro 1v bigfoot pedals
    • VRUK Pedals
    • Gibraltar Rack System and Clamps
    • Mapex Cymbal Boom Arms


With Calibra[edit]

  • Demo Tape (1989, Independently Released)

With Cry Havoc[edit]

  • Demo Tape (1993, Independently Released)

With Jettison Charlie[edit]

With EvilDeathInc.[edit]

With Burn the Priest[edit]

With Grouser[edit]

  • Demo Tape (1996, Independently Released)

With Lamb of God[edit]


  • Drum Nation Volume 3 (2006, Magna Carta) feat. Ron Jarzombek
  • Chris Adler and Jason Bittner: Live at Modern Drummer Festival 2005 DVD (2006, Hudson Music)

With Testament[edit]

With Protest The Hero[edit]

With Megadeth[edit]


  1. ^ "Megadeth Indirectly Confirms Chris Adler As Drummer For New Studio Album -". Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  2. ^ "Lamb of God's Chris Adler Talks Drums (w/ Audio) - in Interviews". Metal Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  3. ^ Linda Friedel (2011-03-16). "Drum clinic rocks local music store - Wednesday Sun News Story - Kansas City". Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  4. ^ "Chris Adler: Working Man's Metal". DRUM! Magazine. 
  5. ^ "Lamb of God interview". YouTube. 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  6. ^ "Lamb of God’s Chris Adler". Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  7. ^ "". Chris Adler. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
  8. ^ "MEINL_cymbals_2008.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  9. ^ "Pictures of Chris Adler's new kit-HE LEFT AXIS". Pearl Drummers Forum. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  10. ^ "DRUMHEAD Magazine". Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  11. ^ "Testament: New Album Title Revealed; Tour With Anthrax, Overkill, Death Angel Planned". 
  12. ^ Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler Is Officially The Drummer For Megadeth’s New Album

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