Christopher Krovatin of Revolver magazine recently conducted an interview with drummer Chris Adler of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Revolver: How are you feeling having your lead singer back safe and sound?
Chris Adler: It's good. It was a real scary situation, and it still is. Randy [Blythe] has to return [to the Czech Republic] to stand trial [on manslaughter charges in connection with the death of a fan at a LAMB OF GOD concert in May 2010] in January. But the process went from being very, very scary, when we first arrived in Prague, to a lot of frustration as we tried to jump through all the hoops put in front of us to get him home and try and make sense of the situation. By the time he did come home, we were very irritated trying to help, because we did everything we could and nothing was budging. It was most definitely a huge relief to meet him at the airport the other night, and just a few weeks ago we played the Knotfest in Iowa and Wisconsin, and it was great to get onstage and let that anger out. We would never market this as a comeback or anything, but there was a special energy among the crowd. They were really happy that we were there to do what we do.
Revolver: You're about to embark on this tour with HATEBREED and IN FLAMES. Is everything set to go on that?
Chris Adler: Definitely. We're already talking about doing some new things, bringing out some new tunes. We're really excited to get out there — the energy we had at the Knotfests was really special. One of the silver linings of this situation, for me, was that when something like this happens, you realize how fragile this all is makes you realize how lucky you are to get to do it. I'm super-excited to tour with SYLOSIS — one of the my favorite bands right now, who we've traveled the world with. It's going to be great.
Revolver: "Resolution" was a huge album when it came out earlier this year. Why do you think LAMB OF GOD has remained prominent while some of these other bands have fallen by the wayside?
Chris Adler: It's hard to say. There are so many steps we could've taken that could've meant the end for us, or for any of these other bands. It's not entirely a surprise. We're lucky to continue to do this. Getting on best-of lists, putting out Billboard Top Ten records, getting Grammy nominations, that stuff is absolutely insane. I just don't know where half of it comes from, because that was never something we tried to do. We just love to make music, we respect each other, we enjoy working with each other. So I think one of the missteps a lot of guys make, and it's difficult to deal with when you've been in a band for 17 years, is keeping a consistent lineup. It's easy to get fed up with each other, or the cycle — having to head out on the road, or be creative at a certain time. Or it's the friendships. Through a lot of this, you're in a metal tube of some kind traveling the world with each other 24/7 for years at a time. We've had that. But we really respect each other, and realize that together we are capable of so much more than any one of us individually.
Read the entire interview from Revolver magazine.