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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 16:35 PM

Chris Adler Makes SPIN Magazine's 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music

Meinl Artist Chris Adler

Meinl artist and Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler is already considered one of metal's modern day legends, and for a very good reason; he is his own drummer and no other out there today sounds like him. He approaches his drumming with a sense of orchestration that helps define each LOG song, making it so that without his signature parts, the song would cease to sound like it was supposed to (think Jimmy Chamberlain or Neil Peart). Not many other drummers can lay claim to that.

Chris made the #84 spot and here's what the magazine had to say about him:

In the middle of any number of Lamb of God's groove-metal wakeup calls, drummer Chris Adler tends to provide his own alarms. Whether it's the rattle, akin to a tree branch trashing a washboard, in 2004's "Now You've Got Something to Die For" or the gun-shot double-bass drum in 2006's "Redneck," he puts his own unique fingerprint on each song. And his inventiveness has helped him out of many a jam over the years. When he first got serious about playing the double bass, he found that his feet kept slipping off the pedals. So he taught himself a technique he's described as a "whipping motion" where he tap-dances between his heel and toe to give Lamb of God ragers like 2003's "Ruin" a machine-gun clatter like he's metal's Fred Astaire.
Most Booming Moment: When Adler plays the stop-on-a-dime jackhammer pulses and snare cracks of "Laid to Rest," off 2004's Ashes of the Wake, his grooves have a military precision that would appease General Patton at his grumpiest.