With Lamb of God at Sonisphere Sweden 2009
|Birth name||Christopher James Adler|
|Born||) November 23, 1972|
|Genres||Groove metal, thrash metal, math metal|
|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 heavy 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. He is known for his often used Heel-toe technique.
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 and Stewart Copeland 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."
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."
Chris Adler's equipment
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 Big Foot 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) 
- 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)
- Cymbals – Meinl 
- 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 - Aquarian
- Toms: Clear Response 2 - Classic Clear
- Bass: Clear Superkick 2 - Custom Resonant
- Snare: Coated Hi-Energy snare batter - Classic clear snare side
- Hardware 
- Other 
- 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)
- Demo Tape (1996, Independently Released)
With Burn the Priest
- Demo Tape (1995, Independently Released)
- Split with ZED (1997, Goatboy Records)
- Split with Agents of Satan (1998, Deaf American Recordings)
- Sevens and More (1998, mp3.com)
- Burn the Priest (1998, Legion Records)
With Lamb of God
- New American Gospel (2000, Prosthetic Records)
- As the Palaces Burn (2003, Prosthetic Records)
- Terror And Hubris DVD (2004, Prosthetic Records)
- Ashes of the Wake (2004, Epic Records)
- Killadelphia DVD (2005, Epic Records)
- Killadelphia (2005, Epic Records)
- Sacrament (2006, Epic Records)
- Sacrament DVD (2006, Epic Records)
- Walk With Me In Hell DVD (2008, Roadrunner Records/Epic Records)
- Wrath (2009, Epic Records/Roadrunner Records)
- Resolution (2012, Epic Records/Roadrunner Records)
- "Full On" Now That's Metal Compilation CD (1996, mp3.com), Sevens and More (1998, mp3.com), Bedroom Compilation Cassette (1995, FFF)
- Dark Roots of Earth (2012, Nuclear Blast) (though technically not a member of Testament, Chris provided drum tracks on the iTunes bonus version of "A Day in the Death"))
- 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)
- "Lamb of God's Chris Adler Talks Drums (w/ Audio) - in Interviews". Metal Underground.com. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
- Linda Friedel (2011-03-16). "Drum clinic rocks local music store - Wednesday Sun News Story - Kansas City". Kccommunitynews.com. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
- "Chris Adler: Working Man's Metal". DRUM! Magazine.
- "Lamb of God interview". YouTube. 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
- "Lamb of God’s Chris Adler". peta2.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
- "DRUMHEAD Magazine". Drumheadmag.com. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
- "MEINL_cymbals_2008.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-10-01.
- "Pictures of Chris Adler's new kit-HE LEFT AXIS". Pearl Drummers Forum. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
- "Testament: New Album Title Revealed; Tour With Anthrax, Overkill, Death Angel Planned".