Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler confirms new album expected for late 2019 release
The heavy metal legends, currently on tour supporting Slayer, plan to find time between breaks to finish their new record, a follow up to 2015's 'VII: Sturm und Drang'
The coming year, 2019, already looks like a solid year for metal, with some of the genre's biggest icons eyeing an album release. Slipknot announced a new album for next year and prog metal legends Tool have confirmed that their long overdue new album will drop next year. Now, yet another band of the same ilk has added their name to the list. Lamb of God might very well be releasing a new album next year.
In an interview with Metal Injection, drummer Chris Adler said that the band hopes to have a new album out before Christmas of next year. "I got together with Josh [Wilbur, producer] a few weeks ago, and just documented some stuff they [Wilbur and guitarists Willie Adler and Mark Morton] had in the library of what they do," revealed Adler.
"Josh is coming out here at the end of November, for me and him to sift through it and find the ideal stuff, you know, that we both think is cool and we put the drums to it."
If the new album indeed receives a late 2019 release, it will arrive four years after their previous original studio full-length, 2015's 'VII: Sturm und Drang'. Of course, this is not counting their recent 'Legion: XX' covers album, which they released under the band's original name, Burn the Priest, earlier this year.
"There is like the creative rush. The last thing we did has been a bit – it's been a while ago," Adler said during the interview. "There's nothing more that we'd love – the road is a pain in the ass – but the creative process is really the best part of this whole thing. And it's really been a long time since we've been able to do that."
"There is an overflow," the highly acclaimed speed metal drummer says about Lamb of God’s writing on the new record. "Willie brings in this file that is over four hours long of riff after riff after riff. It's not even separated, like this is a song or whatever. And Josh is like 'What the f**k? We're going to sit here for four and a half hours and listen to this thing?' It's crazy. So, the bucket is overfilled."
Lamb of God will continue to support Slayer on the thrash legends’ final tour, but Adler says there are windows of time where the band can work on the new record. Last month, guitarist Mark Morton tweeted to a fan's question, saying that the band planned to hit the studio "very soon" to commence work on the new album, and it looks like Adler's statements are a confirmation of the same.
"There is a break in the schedule of the tour with Slayer, that allows us a break in the early part of the year to, kind of, get things in shape," Adler said. "But then we’re back out there with them for their final shows across Europe in 2019."
"So, it’s certainly possible that we’re able to fine tune everything prior to that, but I think it’s probably more likely that it’s going to get recorded in the fall of ’19, and hopefully out for Christmas presents for all your kids," he added.
Apart from an update on the new effort, Adler also spoke about his recent horrifying motorcycle accident, his new management company and the band that inspired him to start it, and more. Listen to Chris Adler's full interview with Metal injection below.