With the release of Lamb of God's new album right around the corner, Mark Morton spoke to American Songwriter. The folks at American Songwriter, asking about the process for writing the record, and that lead to a question comparing their new drummer Art Cruz to former drummer Chris Adler.
“It was fantastic. As I said earlier, the songwriting process hasn’t changed at all. We start with guitar riffs. So the same guys are writing the guitar riffs that always were. We have a different drummer, and there are differences for sure. Chris was a phenomenal talent, and he’s a great drummer, and we made a lot of amazing music together.
"But Art is also a phenomenal talent and a great drummer. He’s more feel oriented. He’s a little less robotic, and I don’t mean that as a dig.
"I don’t want to compare them too much. They’re just two different drummers. But Art is a real feel, finesse player. I think the prime example I can give is live with Chris we used to play everything to a click. There was a click in our ear and that was a machine that kept timing consistent and the same every night. Within a week of playing with Art live we were off the click. We were just playing the songs together instead of playing them at the same time. And I think that really made its way into our creative process as well.”
While Morton did not intend his comments as a dig, they may still be interpreted as such. Lamb of God is out June 19 on Epic. Pre-order it here.