Lamb of God’s Mark Morton on Chris Adler vs. Art Cruz: Art Cruz’s Drumming Is “A Little Less Robotic”

  • Axl Rosenberg

Lamb of God the band are about to drop Lamb of God the album, which is their first release with their new drummer, Art Cruz (Winds of Plague). That’s a big deal: Cruz’s predecessor, Chris Adler, is beloved by fans, and his playing has inarguably been a big, big part of LoG’s sound.

So, naturally, someone — specifically, American Songwriter — recently asked Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton about what it’s “like writing and playing with Art after recording with Chris Adler for over a decade.” To which Morton replied:

“It was fantastic. As I said earlier, the songwriting process hasn’t changed at all. We start with guitar riffs. So the same guys are writing the guitar riffs that always were. We have a different drummer, and there are differences for sure. Chris was a phenomenal talent, and he’s a great drummer, and we made a lot of amazing music together. But Art is also a phenomenal talent and a great drummer. He’s more feel oriented. He’s a little less robotic, and I don’t mean that as a dig. I don’t want to compare them too much. They’re just two different drummers. But Art is a real feel, finesse player. I think the prime example I can give is live with Chris we used to play everything to a click. There was a click in our ear and that was a machine that kept timing consistent and the same every night. Within a week of playing with Art live we were off the click. We were just playing the songs together instead of playing them at the same time. And I think that really made its way into our creative process as well.”

Morton may not have meant his comments as a dig, but surely many fans will read them that way. I’d say we have at least a year of needless Adler is Better vs. Cruz is Better social media debates ahead of us.

Lamb of God is out June 19 on Epic. You can pre-order it here.


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