Chris Adler has officially left Megadeth to return to his permanent position in Lamb of God.
Adler joined Megadeth in 2015 when Shawn Drover left after ten years. He played on the band’s 2016 album Dystopia and toured with the band but, according to Dave Mustaine, he is now gone and replaced by Belgian drummer Dirk Verbeuren, known best for his work with Soilwork but has played with a long line of bands.
Mustaine said at a recent press conference in Israel “Chris Adler is not with Megadeth – he’s in Lamb Of God. He was a session guy. It was what you could call work for hire. He has nothing to do with us any more. I’m grateful for his contributions. I’m grateful for him introducing us to Dirk.”
Even though Mustaine says that Adler was a “work for hire”, word is that the band did offer Adler the job full time but he wanted to stay with Lamb of God.
While Mustaine has been the one constant with Megadeth from the beginning and David Ellefson has been in the band since that time except for 2005 to 2010, there has been a revolving door with guitarists, with current member Kiko Loureiro being the eleventh, and at drums, with Verbeuren being the eighth (including Adler).
Chris Adler has been with Lamb of God since their forming in 1994.
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