During an interview with Metal Sucks, former Lamb of God and current Firstborne member, Chris Adler, opened up about the real reason why he decided to quit Lamb of God while drawing on fans’ reactions and discussing whether they affected his final decision.
Chris Adler is one of the most well-known metal drummers of all time and although he had achieved great success as the drummer of Lamb of God, his fame increased even more after Megadeth hired him between 2015-2017. He won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for Megadeth’s Dystopia and his star shined even brighter.
In 2017 he failed to attend the Lamb of God Tour which raised questions about him quitting the band to play with Megadeth. However, a year later, Adler revealed that the reason he didn’t attend the tour was that he had a motorcycle accident. Nonetheless, in 2019 he did leave Lamb of God, and although there were numerous rumors about the reason why he decided to quit the band while his brother Willie is still in it, the fact that he never made an official announcement failed to settle fans’ curiosity.
In a recent interview, he talked about the relationship with his bandmates and described it as ‘toxic.’ Chris Adler said that they were all miserable and that they would just frown at each other all the time, to the point that Adler had actually forgotten how to be happy in his everyday life. He said that his relationship with the guys was preventing him from being a good father, husband, and person.
He went on to say that he has received a ‘lot of hate‘ from fans who criticized him for leaving the band for something like that. Adler said that he had to leave because as a person who loves to live his life with a smile, the Lamb of God was stealing his happiness. He added that it was the right time for him to move on because he just couldn’t deal with that amount of negativity anymore.
Following his departure from Lamb of God, Adler founded Firstborne along with former Megadeth bassist James Lomenzo, and guitarist Hugh Myrone, and they released their self-titled debut EP in mid-2020. Interestingly, the EP was released on the same day as Lamb of God’s new self-titled album which surprised fans and led them to question whether Adler did it on purpose.
Here’s what Chris Adler said in the interview:
“I’m leaving this because it’s just… toxic. Everywhere. Everything, And I‘ve got to be a better father, husband, person than what this is dragging me into.
There’s a lot of hate [from fans] like, ‘Oh my god, you left Lamb of God for this, what the fuck is this?’ It’s like, ‘Uhh… fun?’ Like… I’m just living my life with a smile. Because before it was like frown-town all the time. Like, ‘What the hell is going on here, we don’t know what the hell is going on, hopefully, everybody beats the shit out of each other and we just get a check.’
So you know, it’s just time for me as an adult to kind of move on.”