INTERVIEW: Lamb of God’s Chris Adler

Lamb of God have been around long enough to to be practically considered elder statesmen of modern post-Metallica metal. No, no, it’s true! They formed in 1994, which means they’ve been together for 17 years. That’s five more than The Beatles. Or, to put it in more metallic terms, by the time Metallica were at that point in their career they’d released Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, …And Justice For All, the Black album, Load and Re-Load. Lamb of God are at the point in their career where they could comfortably settle into a nice rhythm of playing their many classics, maybe throwing in the occasional new song, then going home to watch Letterman. But they’re not like that. With the huge success of Wrath a few years ago, LoG are ready to knock it up a level with Resolution. I spoke with drummer Chris Adler for Mixdown Magazine. The following is an extended version of that interview. I’m sure I Heart Guitar readers won’t mind some percussive insight.

 

What was the goal for Resolution?

“It’s a really special record. It’s a difficult thing to do, to continue doing what we’re doing at this point. Well, I guess it’s easy for some people. We’ve had some success and it would be easy to just copy what we’ve done, but to stay relevant and to stay important and to stay internally happy and satisfied it’s really essential to kind of kick it up a notch. One of the things that came into my mind with the process was, this is our seventh record. Obviously we’re very lucky to have a career that’s lasted this long. Who knows how long it’s going to last? A lot of people don’t get to be there this long, so we’re very lucky. And let’s take note of the fact that as a fan of many different types of music  – metal, rock, – I’ve never, ever said “Oh I love that band. Their seventh record is the best one.” Nobody ever says that! So I in the back of my head this was very important for me. It may not be that, but it was important for me to come up with a way to create a very record that, in a legitimate way, could be as good if not more important than our first, second, third record, whatever the case may be in the fan’s minds. So I wanted to push myself as a player and not rest on what we’d done before, not go for the cash grab or the label money or whatever. We don’t have to make metal records. We’re in a very fortunate spot and we don’t have to do this. We want to do this. But there’s no reason – because we don’t have to do this – to repeat ourselves, and there’s no reason to not try to step it up and do something that’s more than what we’ve done before.

 

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NEWS: Ibanez launches 12-string RG!

Huge thanks to Daniel for emailing me about this!

Hoshino has given in after many years of requests from German Ibanez distributor Meinl to build a 12-string Ibanez RG! Now, I suppose this will only be available in Germany for now, but who knows, if it’s popular enough and if word spreads far enough online, maybe it’ll prove to be profitable enough for Ibanez to make it into worldwide distribution.

Structurally the guitar appears to be based on the RG570 (albeit with a fixed bridge), with a humbucker/single/humbucker (Ibanez V7, S1, V8) configuration, 5-way switching, volume and tone controls, 24 frets and no pickguard. If the body wood is anything other than basswood I’ll eat my hat.

More info here.