LAMB OF GOD’s CHRIS ADLER Is Heavy Metal’s Top Drummer

LAMB OF GOD‘s Chris Adler has been named the #1 drummer in the “Metal” category in Modern Drummer magazine’s 2011 Readers’ Poll. The Readers’ Poll results appear in the July 2011 issue of the magazine, available on newsstands now.

2011 Modern Drummer magazine readers’ poll results in the “Metal” category:

01. Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD)
02. Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT)
03. Morgan Rose (SEVENDUST)
05. Brann Dailor (MASTODON)

LAMB OF GOD‘s self-taught rhythm wizard spent much of 2009 and 2010 headlining tours and major festivals behind the band’s well-received “Wrath” studio album and “Hourglass” box set. In March 2011, Chris also set out on a successful clinic tour, wrote a number of articles for Modern Drummer, had a signature snare drum produced by Mapex, and released his first instructional book, “The Making Of New American Gospel: Drum Tablature, Short Stories And Reflections”.

In a February 2011 interview with, Adler was asked if he still feels challenged as a metal drummer. “Yeah, absolutely!” he replied. “Every day! I think that’s a secret that maybe nobody will let you know, that all of us are backstage with our fingers crossed. Holding on is a tricky rope. I just have to feel good about the songs that I write and performing them. They’re rarely ever perfect, and I still get the jitters before we go onstage. I don’t want to say I don’t have any confidence as a drummer. I listen back and hear cool stuff and realize that I’m playing in a cool band, but I don’t walk into it with a bunch of ego either. I don’t go into the studio with the guys and think to myself, ‘Hey, you’re one special drummer that people write about in magazines!’ I still have to challenge and prove it to myself all the time. I guess I’m a bit self-conscious about it in that I want to be as good as I can for the band. So yeah, it hasn’t really changed over time. I’ve always wanted to never allow myself to, whether it’s true or if I’ve gotten to that place where you’re talking about, I haven’t allowed myself to swallow that yet.”