EMusic.com interviewed Chris Adler from LAMB OF GOD recently and as well as giving the new album ‘Resolution’ an awesome write up, they also decided to ask him about the rock and metal drummers that he admires. Check out his selection below, from legends whose innovations he borrowed, to peers who keep him on his toes even today:
You can tell the drums were just in his blood. But as a metal guy, the thing that turned me on was the stuff he did with one foot that most guys would need two feet to do.
The very first song I ever sat down and tried to learn how to play drums and play the song was “Message in a Bottle.”
Dave Lombardo // Gar Samuelson
I think Gar was a little more jazzy, which I really liked, and I probably spent more time trying to emulate Gar than Dave, but both those guys were the guys who made me want to get faster.
As opposed to it being, “Ah, it was an off night.” And Lars, in my opinion after talking to him, he’s gotten to the point where he’s not overanalyzing himself, he’s not critiquing every night’s performance, he’s not going to bed wishing he had hit one of the double bass runs harder or more specifically than he did. Every night’s a new chance to do it right, and that’s how he approaches it. And seeing that and getting that through my own head, I’ve definitely had much better performances since then.
I think his hands are just untouchable. The time he’s spent perfecting his rolls and that kind of stuff is undeniable. He’s a great guy and a great player.
…I was such a fan of Stewart Copeland creating a voice in the music he was creating, I think Gene has done that in metal, and I was very, very curious as to how he had come up with that. And he told me straight away, it wasn’t a mystery. He said, “I learned how to play drums taking funk records and [speeding] all that stuff up and now I’m in a metal band.” So that really opened my eyes very quickly to making sure that I spend time listening to other kinds of music.
The above extracts don’t even touch on the great comments and stories about each drummer that Chris selected. Click here to read the full article.