Chris Adler Says Lamb Of God Was “Toxic” And That The Goal Of Firstborne “Is To Have Fun”

During an appearance on The MetalSucks Quarantinecast, Chris Adler discussed his departure from Lamb Of God and his latest project Firstborne. According to the drummer, Lamb Of God had become “toxic” and he just wants “to have fun” with Firstborne.

Adler said the following:

“Now [discovering Myrone’s music] didn’t necessarily start us off into a process of making music together. Shortly after that was kind of my departure from Lamb where it’s like, well I’m not leaving this ’cause I don’t want to play music and I’m not leaving this ’cause I don’t want to play the kind of music Lamb is playing. I’m leaving this ’cause… it’s just toxic. Everywhere. Everything. And I’ve got to be a better father, husband, person than what this is dragging me into.

And one of the things that happened in this conversation that I was having with Myrone — which I still think back on, and at the time I didn’t really quite understand it as much as I do now — I asked him, ‘Do you wanna get together and maybe throw some files around and see what happens?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, but it’s gotta be fun.’ He didn’t say it [like that], but I understood what he was saying.

What I do and what I’m known for is not particularly… like, it’s not a birthday party, it’s not fun. That doesn’t mean… If you’re good at addition it doesn’t mean you should stop there and keep doing addition for the rest of your life. Maybe you should take algebra, maybe you should take calculus, let’s move on from that point. And I know I’m known for that particular thing, but I was like, ‘Oh man, I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve actually had fun doing this.’ And I love that vibe about him. It was just great to think about that for a second. Oh wait, I can still, the same way I wanted to when I was 14, 15, make a band and have fun?

That was off the radar at that point because success had bred so much jadedness with everybody, and the whole industry, as we all know, is just brutal. In that we’re able to do it on our own, we’re just having fun. So it was a really great connect that we had in that way.

Then we’re trying to figure out, cause I’m sure Myrone, at that point, at many points, had felt like — and Girish [Pradan, vocals] and James [LoMenzo, bass] — I remember James coming up to me and being like, ‘Dude, are you sure you wanna do this? Your [fans] don’t understand what it is to enjoy music.’ I’m not doing this for a popularity contest. I always want to have fun doing this. And we did in Lamb of God for a very long time but it got bogged down in everything else and what we’re supposed to do and who we supposedly are. I love this idea about stretching it out.”

He also added the following about the reception Firstborne have received:

“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.”

[via MetalSucks]

Firstborne (Ex-Lamb Of God, Ex-Megadeth, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Mourning Star”

Firstborne (ex-Lamb Of God, ex-Megadeth, etc.) have premiered a new song titled “Mourning Star.” Chris Adler commented:

“How do you rephrase the standard press response of ‘here’s our new song and it’s the best.’ Been there, done that—as have you. I’ll say this, I’m very proud to be in a band with these guys and ‘Mourning Star‘ is a great example of why I feel that way. Working with the guys and [producer] Machine on this has been a blast and we are all excited to share it with you today.”

[via Decibel]

Firstborne (Ex-Lamb Of God, Ex-Megadeth, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Soul Control”

Firstborne (ex-Lamb Of God, ex-Megadeth, etc.) have released a new song titled “Soul Control” via Bandcamp. Vocalist Girish Pradhan commented:

“Chris [Adler] and I were in the green room after finishing our gig in Bangalore a few years back. He was like, ‘Hey I got some friends making music together. Myrone, James Lomenzo. You wanna try out the vocals?’, passed his phone to me and played a demo track. Of course, the thing totally felt like some dream and I was super excited. After a few days, I started sharing vocal demos, mostly gibberish and the first line actually sounded like, ‘When everything goes south, I feel alive’. We kept discussing and building on that until eventually we had the track that became ‘Soul Control‘. Both Chris and Myrone were super encouraging and helpful in the process. We kinda defined how we were gonna work from there on. To me, the song is about inner strength and will power. It’s about facing the challenges and in life and rising up against the odds!”

Firstborne (Ex-Lamb Of God, Ex-Megadeth, Etc.) Release Cover Of Journey’s “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”

Firstborne (ex-Lamb Of God/Megadeth, etc.) have released a cover of Journey’s “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart).” Drummer Chris Adler commented:

“It’s hard to not appreciate Journey. As a musician I’ve always greatly appreciated their individual talents that combined into something so contagious. I’ve always wanted to cover a Journey song and always thought of ‘Separate Ways‘ as their ‘heaviest.’ The problem was always the same. No one can sing it. When I met and performed with Girish across India I knew I’d met one of very few people in the world that could take this on and make it his own. That’s the goal of the group. We can do anything — let’s have fun and share.”

[via Loudwire]

Firstborne (Ex-Lamb Of God, Ex-Megadeth, Etc.) Premiere “Cut The Strings” Lyric Video

Firstborne (ex-Lamb Of God/Megadeth, etc.) have premiered a lyric video for their new single “Cut The Strings.“ Vocalist Girish Pradhan commented:

“Every time there’s a force that challenges the most fundamental right of a human being — freedom — music has always served as the voice of the common person. The special existence of humans in the world has music right in the heart of it.”

[via New Fury Media]

Firstborne (Ex-Lamb Of God, Ex-Megadeth, Etc.) Premiere “Roll The Dice” Lyric Video

Firstborne (ex-Lamb Of God/Megadeth, etc.) have premiered a lyric video for their song “Roll The Dice.“ This track is from the band’s self-titled EP, which was released in June. Drummer Chris Adler commented:

“‘Roll The Dice‘ shows Firstborne turning another unexpected turn musically that I could not have done before. It’s the perfect song to drive fast with the windows down air drumming on your wheel. And somewhat ironically, it speaks to how those memorable moments can turn to tragedy. We only go around this thing once and as Elvis Costello and, bizarrely, The Meatmen best said it back in the day, ‘Accidents will happen, you don’t know when, accidents are waiting around the bend.’ Enjoy what you have left.”

[via Decibel]

Ex-Lamb Of God Drummer Chris Adler Launches New Project Firstborne

Drummer Chris Adler (ex-Lamb Of God) has joined forces with vocalist Girish Pradhan (Girish and The Chronicles), guitarist Myrone, and bassist James Lomenzo (ex-Megadeth, etc.) in a new band called Firstborne. The group’s debut EP was released today and it can be purchased on Bandcamp. Notably, the effort is being released on the same day as Lamb Of God‘s new self-titled album, which happens to be their first without Adler.