Who will go on tour with Protest The Hero as their new full-time drummer? Chris Adler isn’t sure he’ll have the time…
If you’ve been living under a proverbial rock for the last year you may not have heard of Protest The Hero, or what they managed to achieve through the crowdfunding platform. Yes folks, the reason why every band and their grandmothers now tries to push crowdfunding so much is because those quirky Canadians proved that it does well and truly work, and with the right approach, fans will be willing to put down money for your currently non-existent product.
Protest The Hero managed to raise a staggering $341,146, after smashing their target of $125,000 in just 30 hours. The band have recently signed distribution deals with a number of labels and have been working hard at getting the album, which now bears the title Volition, ready for release.
However, it wasn’t all good news from the progressive metal wizards’ camp as founding member and drummer Moe Carlson had decided to leave the band to pursue his education and career in tool and die manufacturing. They also took this opportunity to announce that Lamb Of God‘s Chris Adler (conveniently freed up by the ongoing Randy Blythe trial in the Czech Republic), would take up the sticks during recording.
At first this seemed like a peculiar choice for the band, as while Adler is a drummer of tremendous skill, the musical genetics of Lamb Of God and Protest The Hero are rather disparate from one another. While Adler is an excellent groove based drummer, does he have the chops to play some of the more frenetic, and progressive leanings of the wild card youngsters?
There has been no word on whether Adler would more permanently replace Carlson or if he would consider touring with the band, but Adler decided to recently break the silence on this issue by releasing a statement on his personal Facebook page. He said:
“Hey all! Things have been going really well on this trip for us. The band is playing well and much of the hard work we have put in is being rewarded with great slots on the festivals we are doing and huge side shows in between. I feel very lucky to be a part of where we are right now and am enjoying it quite a bit. I’ve now heard the Protest The Hero record and it’s fantastic! I love listening to it and hope you all do as well.
I’ve been asked many times on this tour that since I played drums on the record if I will be touring with them or would consider playing on other projects. I’m fairly sure my schedule won’t allow for me to properly join their band and tour. As much as I love the music, I love being with my family too! LOL. We shall see as it’s not even something we have discussed. As for other projects, it’s hard to answer that.
I was a fan of PTH and jumped at the chance to step out of my box a little bit, push myself and explore my capabilities. It turned into quite a daunting task, but I’m much better off for it. I think I’d have to evaluate every opportunity in the same way. Obviously my main focus is LOG, it’s still my heart and soul and I’m loving being able to get out and share it with you.
We’ve got a few big announcements coming soon regarding tours that will end the Resolution cycle and a little surprise before the end of the year. Stay tuned – and stay metal! ~Chris“
While he doesn’t commit one way or the other it seems that Adler is likely going to be too busy with Lamb Of God commitments, especially considering that they have to work extra hard as a band to pay back all the money that the label generously gave them for the Blythe trial. As such, that “little surprise” is likely a new LoG album announcement, or perhaps even a small EP release. The band are most likely being pressured for a release of some kind, and while Blythe probably has a lot of lyric fodder from his experiences, let’s hope the other guys have some inspiration going spare as well. Perhaps the next LoG release will even have a little bit of the unpredictability and wacky flair that makes Protest The Hero so special. Only time will tell. If Adler can’t do it, who should Protest get to be their new drummer?
Volition will be released on October 29th.