Chris Adler

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Chris Adler
2015 RiP Lamb of God - Chris Adler by 2eight - 3SC5483.jpg
Adler in 2015
Background information
Birth name Christopher Adler
Born (1972-11-23) November 23, 1972 (age 43)
Origin Richmond, Virginia
Genres Groove metal, thrash metal, progressive metal
Occupation(s) musician
Instruments drums, percussion, guitar, bass guitar, piano, saxophone
Years active 1986–present
Labels Epic
Associated acts Lamb of God, Megadeth, Burn the Priest, Jettison Charlie, Blotted Science, Testament, Protest The Hero,
Notable instruments
Mapex Saturn Series Kit, and Signature Warbird 12" Snare drum, 24" Meinl Ride a cymbal, 12" Distortion Splash Cymbal, signature ProMark Drum sticks

Christopher James Adler (born November 23, 1972) is an American drummer, best known as a member of the groove metal band Lamb of God. He had also a short stint with thrash metal band Megadeth, playing in their fifteenth album Dystopia and in a few shows. He is the elder brother of Lamb of God bandmate and guitarist Willie Adler. Adler had played in several local bands before founding Lamb of God in 1994. He is recognized by his left handed playing on a right handed kit, his use of the heel-toe technique, his unusual approach to the drum kit, and his tendency to play in 6/4 time.


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[1] and Stewart Copeland[2] of The Police. Other influences are John Bonham, Dave Lombardo, Gar Samuelson, Lars Ulrich, Billy Cobham and Gene Hoglan.[3] 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]

He played on Megadeth's 2016 studio release Dystopia and on selected live shows during the following world tour, juggling his time between Lamb of God and Megadeth. On July 1, 2016 Megadeth main-man Dave Mustaine announced during a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel that Adler was no longer associated with the band and that he would not play on any further tour dates.[5]

Adler is a pescatarian.[6][7]

Chris Adler's equipment[edit]

Adler uses Saturn Mapex Drums, his own signature Black Panther 12x5.5" snare, and Gibraltar Hardware. He also uses and endorses Evans Drumheads, Pro-Mark signature Sticks, Trick 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 two Roland trigger Modules linked to a 808. He also uses a Roland TD30k Kit at home and for warmups on tour.

Current tour kit[edit]

  • Drums - Mapex Saturn in Satin Black Maple Burl
    • 10"x9" Tom
    • 12"×10" Tom
    • 16"×16" Floor Tom
    • 18"×16" Floor Tom
    • 22"×18" Bass Drum (×2)
    • 12"×5.5" Mapex Warbird (Chris Adler Signature)
  • 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 - Evans
    • Toms: EC2S Clear - G1 Clear
    • Bass: EMAD Heavyweight - Custom Resonant
    • Snare: Heavyweight snare batter - 300 snare side
  • Hardware [9]
    • Trick Pro V pedals
    • Gibraltar Rack System and Clamps
    • Mapex Cymbal Boom Arms
  • Other [10]
    • Roland TD-7 Electronic Percussion Module and Single Trigger Pad
    • Roland trigger modules
    • Pro-Mark TX5AXW Chris Adler Signature Sticks


With Calibra[edit]

  • Demo Tape (1989, Independently Released)

With Cry Havoc[edit]

  • Demo Tape (1993, Independently Released)

With Jettison Charlie[edit]

  • Hitchhiking to Budapest (1994, Turn of The Century)
  • "Legions of The Unjazzed"/"I Love You, You Bastard" EP (1996, Peas Kor Records)

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. ^ "Lamb of God's Chris Adler Talks Drums (w/ Audio) - in Interviews". Metal Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  2. ^ Linda Friedel (2011-03-16). "Drum clinic rocks local music store - Wednesday Sun News Story - Kansas City". Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  3. ^ Phil Freeman (2012-02-24). "Lamb of God's Chris Adler's Five Favorite Drummers". Retrieved 2015-04-21. 
  4. ^ "Chris Adler: Working Man's Metal". DRUM! Magazine. 
  5. ^ "DAVE MUSTAINE: CHRIS ADLER 'Has Nothing To Do' With MEGADETH Anymore". 2016-07-03. Retrieved 2016-07-03. 
  6. ^ "Lamb of God interview". YouTube. 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  7. ^ "Lamb of God's Chris Adler". Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  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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