POPsessions: Lamb of God Guitarist Willie Adler
When he's working with Lamb Of God, guitarist Willie Adler writes music that impacts like a fist to the gut. At the same time, he and his bandmates have always strived to incorporate groove, technical proficiency and melody. It’s a brutal, infectious combination that, over 14 years, has taken Lamb of God to the top of the aughts metal scene. But the band's reign could have come to an end in June 2012.
Vocalist Randy Blythe's battle with the Czech Republic legal system has been well documented. Here's the thumbnail version: Shortly after the band arrived in Prague to play a show, Blythe was detained and arrested on manslaughter charges for an incident that happened during a Lamb of God concert in Prague two years earlier. At the 2010 show, a 19-year-old fan who climbed onstage was shoved – allegedly by Blythe – back into the crowd. The teen later went into a coma and eventually died from head injuries.
A new documentary film, "As the Palaces Burn," chronicles the 2012 European tour, and features up-close footage of the trial and interviews with the band members and their management team. After enduring a full trial, Blythe was cleared of all charges and returned to the band to complete its 2013 tour.
"As the Palaces Burn," directed by Don Argott, debuted February 16 in Philadelphia and marked the last opportunity for Lamb of God fans to see the band before they take a well-deserved break. As Blythe recently wrote on Instagram, "I will not be thinking about LAMB OF GOD, touring, playing heavy metal, writing new LAMB OF GOD material — NONE OF THAT STUFF AT ALL — for a good long while."
Adler concurred, stating the band has been through the ringer and earned a break. But the "good long while" may not be that long. He told Yahoo Music he’s looking forward to writing new material during the down time and expects Lamb of God to return to the rehearsal studio later this year. Without having any shows to practice for or new songs to learn, Adler was happy to sit down and discuss his early exposure to rock music, the creepiest fan he's ever met, and the merits of Nick Drake, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.
What is the first album you bought with your own money and where did you buy it?
It was the Sex Pistols' "Nevermind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols" and I bought it in the northern Virginia Woodbridge area on vinyl at a record store called Waxie Maxies.