On Friday, the band made the announcement on their Facebook page following their return from a European festival tour.
“We’d like to officially welcome Art Cruz, who has been playing drums with us on tour for the last year, as the new drummer of Lamb of God. Art will be joining us in the studio as we begin pre-production and recording of a new album,” the post says.
The band continue by thanking Adler for his contributions since the band started out.
“We’re very proud of everything this band has accomplished over the last two decades. We would like to thank Chris Adler for his contributions over the years and wish him the best in his future endeavors. Thank you, John, Mark, Randy & Willie.”
Adler has been absent from the band since 2017 after he suffered injuries from a motorcycle accident. Fans were excited to see if he would return to the group during the band’s outing with Slayer for their final tour but were faced with the news he would not be appearing.
Adler has appeared on every single Lamb of God release since their beginning, including their album as Burn The Priest and the band’s return under that name for a covers album.
It’s unclear at this time if Adler has another full-time gig with a different band as he has been doing session work for some time now.
You can read the entire statement from the band below.
Now, footage of the band’s final performance with Adler back in June has surfaced. No one at the time new that the Austin show would be the band’s last with the iconic drummer.
You can check out the footage and setlist from the show below.
- Walk With Me in Hell
- Now You’ve Got Something to Die For
- Engage the Fear Machine
- Blacken the Cursed Sun
- Laid to Rest
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