Chris Adler (drummer)

Chris Adler (drummer)
Chris Adler

With Lamb of God at Sonisphere Sweden 2009
Background information
Birth name Christopher James Adler
Born November 23, 1972 (1972-11-23) (age 38)
Origin Richmond, Virginia
Genres Groove metal, metalcore
Years active 1989–present
Labels Epic
Associated acts Lamb of God, Burn the Priest, Jettison Charlie, Blotted Science, Testament

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 is the older brother of bandmate and guitarist Willie Adler. Chris had played in several local bands before joining Lamb of God in 1994.



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 drummer Shannon Larkin[1] and Stewart Copeland[2] of The Police.

Before devoting his career to Lamb of God, Adler was planning a career as a Network Engineer. He is Microsoft certified. Adler admits that even today he still gets nervous before big shows, "I have to watch the video when we are done because I kinda black out and just run on adrenaline and muscle memory." His favorite song to play live is Hourglass.

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."[3]

When asked how Wrath would differ from the previous albums, Adler had this to say.

"I'm happy to be done because it was the most intense playing since As The Palaces Burn, and I proved to myself that I still got it. This new stuff is heavy duty. This album is going to be more aggressive than the last 2. We want to get back to the nasty stuff."

[citation needed]

Like Lamb of God bassist John Campbell, Adler is a vegetarian.[4]

It is suggested on the Killedelphia DVD that his beard is in fact a hair prosthesis, though this is likely to be a joke, typical of the bands on the road antics.

Chris Adler's equipment

Chris 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 V-1 PRO 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

  • Drums - Mapex Black Panther Blaster Series in Transparent Walnut Burst (Walnut Shells) [5]
    • 10"x9" Tom
    • 12"×10" Tom
    • 16"×16" Floor Tom
    • 18"×16" Floor Tom
    • 22"×18" Bass Drum (×2)
    • 12"×5.5" Chris Adler Signature Black Panther Snare (Discontinued)
  • CymbalsMeinl [6]
    • 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
    • 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 [7]
    • Trick PRO 1-V Pedals
    • Gibraltar Rack System and Clamps
    • Mapex Cymbal Boom Arms
  • Other [5]
    • Roland TD-7 Electronic Percussion Module and Single Trigger Pad
    • Ddrum Pro Acoustic Trigger (x2)
    • DB Drum shoes
    • Pro-Mark TX5AXW Chris Adler Signature Sticks


With Calibra

  • Demo Tape (1989, Independently Released)

With Cry Havoc

  • Demo Tape (1993, Independently Released)

With Jettison Charlie

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

With Grouser

  • Demo Tape (1996, Independently Released)

With Burn the Priest

With Lamb of God

With EvilDeathInc.

  • "Full On" Now That's Metal Compilation CD (1996,, Sevens and More (1998,, Bedroom Compilation Cassette (1995, FFF)

With Testament

  • The Dark Roots of Earth (2011, Nuclear Blast) (though technically not a member of Testament, Chris has recorded some drum tracks for this album[8])


  • 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)


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