Founding drummer Chris Adler has left Lamb of God, the band revealed over the weekend.
The heavy metal group broke the news in a Facebook post on Saturday. “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,” they wrote.
They also revealed Adler’s replacement: Art Cruz, formerly of Winds of Plague and Prong, who has been Lamb of God’s touring drummer for the past year. He will join LoG in the studio as they “begin pre-production and recording of a new album,” they wrote.
Adler had been a member of Lamb of God from its inception in 1994 as the group Burn the Priest. He also joined Megadeth from 2015 to 2016, playing on their Dystopia album. He became a more inconsistent presence behind the kit at Lamb of God shows last year after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident.
“I experienced some issues related to the injuries that needed to be addressed with a rigorous schedule of physical and occupational therapy, which is what I have been doing regularly since July,” Adler explained on Instagram last September.
Adler’s last show with LoG took place in Austin, Texas on June 20, 2018, per MetalSucks. Watch fan-shot footage from that concert below:
And read Lamb of God’s full statement on Adler’s departure here: