Chris Adler (drummer)

Christopher James Adler (born November 23, 1972) is an American drummer, best known as a member of the metal band Lamb of God. He also plays the piano, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and saxophone. He is the older brother to bandmate Willie Adler, and is also a vegetarian along with bandmate John Campbell.


Chris attended Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia; attending college at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia where he met current bandmates John Campbell and Mark Morton.

Before devoting his career to Lamb Of God, Chris was planning a career as a Network Engineer. He is Microsoft certified and has over 10 years of field experience. Chris 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." Chris' favorite song to play live is Hourglass.

Typically, he writes his drum parts after other band members have brought him some riffs and ideas. As seen on the Killadelphia DVD, Adler tries to create unique music while not taking anything away from the riffs or the song itself. Utilizing strong symmetry in his drumming and being highly skilled in his double bass work, Adler also creates unique sticking patterns to go along with his unique double bass playing style. One of the main reasons for the unique sticking style is that he is a left-handed drummer on a right-handed set.

Adler has been influenced by drummers of the metal world including Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Shannon Larkin of Godsmack, Dave Lombardo of Slayer, and Vinnie Paul, drummer for the now defunct Pantera and Damageplan and current drummer and founding member of the band Hellyeah, as well as various drummers such as Bill Bruford, Sid Baxter, Terry Bozzio and Billy Cobham

When asked how Lamb of God's will differ from the previous albums, Chris had this to say.

"Im 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."


Chris Adler uses Saturn Pro Series Mapex Drums, a 12 x 5.5 inch Mapex Black Panther Birdseye-Maple Snare, and Gibraltar Hardware. He also uses and endorses Aquarian Drumheads, Pro-mark signature Sticks, Axis Pedals and Meinl Cymbals. Chris helped Meinl produced 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.


  • Mapex Drums & Meinl Cymbals: (as of Ozzfest 2007)
  • Drums - Mapex Saturn Series
    • 10x9" Tom
    • 12x10" Tom
    • 16x16" Floor Tom
    • 18x16" Floor Tom
    • 22x20" Bass Drum (x2)
    • 12x5.5" Black Panther Birdseye Maple Snare
  • CymbalsMeinl (2008)
    • Cymbals listed clockwise
    • 14" Generation X Filter China
    • 14" Soundcaster Custom Medium Soundwave Hihat (top), 14" Byzance Dark Hihat (bottom)
    • 8" Classics High Bell (officially, but actually uses a discontinued Meinl Candela bell)
    • 12" Soundcaster Custom Distortion Splash (officially, but actually uses a 12" Paiste Flanger Bell)
    • 8" Byzance Splash
    • 14" Soundcaster Custom Medium Crash (x2)
    • 16" Mb8 Medium Crash
    • 8" Byzance Splash
    • 14" Soundcaster Custom Medium Soundwave Hihat (top), 14" Byzance Dark Hihat (bottom)
    • 18" Byzance Medium Thin Crash (brilliant)
    • 24" Mb20 Pure Metal Ride
    • 17" Byzance China (Prototype)
    • 16" Generation X Filter China
  • Hardware
    • DW 9000 Pedals (as of late 2007), (he previously used Axis A series Pedals.)
    • Gibraltar Rack System and Clamps
    • Mapex Cymbal Boom Arms
  • Other
    • Aquarian Force II Bass Drum Batter Heads (with Kick Pads), Hi-Energy Snare Batter Head, Response 2 Clear Tom Batter Heads and Hi-Frequency Black Tom Resonant Heads
    • Roland TD-7 Electronic Percussion Module
    • Roland Single Trigger Pad
    • Pro-Mark TX5AXW Chris Adler Signature Sticks


With Exit-In

  • Demo Tape (1988, Independently Released)

With Calibra

  • Demo Tape (1989, Independently Released)

With Cry Havoc

  • Demo Tape (1993, Independently Released)

With Jettison Charlie

With Grouser

  • Demo Tape (1996, Independently Released)

With Burn the Priest

With Lamb of God


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

With EvilDeathInc.


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