Chris Adler

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Chris Adler
Drummer - Heavy metal

Bands: Lamb of God, Burn the Priest, Jettison Charlie, Blotted Science, Protest The Hero

Drumsticks: Pro-Mark

Christopher James Adler (born (1972-11-23) November 23, 1972 (age 49)) 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.

Like Lamb of God Bassist John Campbell, Adler is a vegetarian.


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.


Pro-Mark TX5AXW American Hickory Chris Adler Autograph Series Wood Tip Drumsticks
The 5AX was design by Chris Adler, drummer for the heavy metal band Lamb of God. Similar to a 5A in length and diameter, the 5AX is fast and powerful. The over-sized barrel tip provides a full and robust sound.

Because of its resilience, responsiveness and durability, hickory is the most commonly used wood for drum sticks. Hickory is the classic drum stick feel.

  • Diameter: .551" Length: 16"
  • Barrel wood tip provides a board, clear tone and is ideal for live performance
  • Long taper for fast and responsive rebound
  • All Pro-Mark drumsticks are designed and manufactured in the USA

Pro-Mark TX5AXW American Hickory Chris Adler Autograph Series.jpg

Buy Pro-Mark TX5AXW American Hickory Chris Adler Autograph Series Wood Tip, Single Pair

Chris Adler Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 10.

0014-0015 Chris Adler - used drumstick, autographed, personalized - purchased on
0279-0280 Chris Adler - Special Edition Pro-Mark signature model, 2005 Pro-Mark Faces of Metal #1 Drumstick Pack.

Drumstick Price Guide

Drumstick Price Guide
Date Drummer Condition Model Transaction Deal Type Price
2013-14 Chris Adler Used autographed Pro-Mark signature model (pair) artist direct Market Asking/SOLD 25.85