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Lamb of God’s Chris Adler is Not the New Drummer for Slipknot

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adler slipknotI find this hilarious. Some of you may find it annoying. What can I say? Shit happens, son.

You may recall that earlier this month, Vince posted a MetalSucks reader’s theory that Lamb of God skinsman Chris Adler plays drums on the new Slipknot album. This theory was based on perceived similarities between Adler’s style and the style of drums on the band’s new single, “The Negative One” (y’know, the song that may or may not be about Joey Jordison). I know that Vince tried to make it as clear as possible that this was JUST a reader’s theory and we were JUST discussing it because it’s fun to dork out and hypothesize about these kinds of things… but I guess someone people thought we had inside info or whatever.

So ABC News Radio went ahead and contacted Adler to ask him if he is, indeed, the new drummer for Slipknot. Adler’s response?

“Right now I think silence is golden. Right now I don’t think those guys need me, or need me talking about it. You know, I listened to it and I thought it sounded a little bit like me, too. At the moment, I just don’t recall doing it. I’m getting texts and emails and phone calls about it. [But] for the moment, I don’t know anything about it.”

That answer is just coy and vague enough that it will surely give some fans hope (and Adler’s decision to post the story on his Facebook page probably won’t help any). So allow me to do what that which I love most, and dash those hopes: Chris Adler is not the new drummer for Slipknot. I’ve had no less than four reliable sources tell me as much in the last week. None of them were willing to tell me who the new drummer for Slipknot is, because nobody wants to potentially alienate Slipknot, who are one of the biggest bands in metal today. But they were all only too happy to let me know that it ain’t Adler. And while it’s possible that my sources are just trying to throw me off the scent, I’m inclined to believe them.

My sources also told me some other big names we suspected might have the gig are not, in fact, Slipknot’s new man behind the kit. I’m not even gonna bother sharing those names because it seems fairly pointless, but I will leave you this: one source told me that “it’s someone big.” So, take that for whatever it’s worth.

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