MORTON AND ADLER TRADE INSULTS Thursday March 10 2022, 1:19 PM
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MORTON AND ADLER TRADE INSULTS

Former   LAMB OF GOD   drummer   Chris Adler   has publicly referred to the band's guitarist   Mark Morton   as a "fucking douche."

Adler 's comment was apparently prompted by   Morton 's revelation that the guitarist was blocked on   Twitter   by   Lee J. Carter , the American politician who represented the 50th district in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2018 to 2022. On Tuesday (March 8),   Mark   shared a screenshot of a   Twitter   notification that he was blocked, and included the message, "But whyyyyyyyy?!?!?", to which   Chris   responded in a since-deleted tweet, "Maybe because you are a fucking douche." Within minutes,   Morton   fired back with "I usually wait until after dark to drunk message my exes".

The online exchange comes less than three years after   LAMB OF GOD   officially parted ways with   Chris . He has since been replaced by   Art Cruz , who has previously played with   PRONG   and   WINDS OF PLAGUE , and filled in for   Adler   on several   LAMB OF GOD   tours in 2018 and 2019.

In June 2020,   Adler   addressed his departure from   LAMB OF GOD , saying that "everybody parted on good terms. I left my drum throne in good hands with   Art , who has been a friend. I think I met   Art   when he was 17 years old — I've got a picture of me and him standing outside the bus when he stood there waiting for an autograph. So he and I have been friends for a long time. And, obviously, the guys in the band are not only family," referring to the fact that his brother   Willie   plays guitar for   LAMB OF GOD , "but became great friends over 25 years. And it was quite a career that we had. It didn't end — I don't think anybody from either side would say it ended really particularly well in that I think we all hoped and dreamed and wanted all the same thing but just couldn't seem to get ourselves on the same page, for whatever reason.

"As much as I loved doing what I was doing, it certainly seems like it was kind of a good time to maybe step away," he added. "And I think everybody wins in that regard. And I wish the best for them, and I'm sure they do… You have to speak to them — I'm not sure — but I hope they do for me.

"I didn't leave because I didn't want to be involved with music or play the drums. [And] I didn't leave the band because I was wanting to do something too heavy or too light or anything like that. It was just kind of a mutual crossroads… The shoe didn't fit anymore on either side.

"I'm happy to have had been a part of it. I think if I was [still] in that band, I would be pushing even further than what we've ever done before."

Less than two years ago,   Morton   spoke to   American Songwriter   about what it has been like writing and playing with   Cruz   after recording with   Chris   for over a decade. He said: "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."

After various web sites, including   BLABBERMOUTH.NET ,   picked up Mark's comments , he took to his   Twitter   to set the record straight about his relationship with his former bandmate. He wrote: " Chris Adler   is an incredibly talented person & an incredibly talented drummer. We have made a ton of music together & I'm immensely proud of our collective work. I have said that repeatedly in recent interviews because I mean it. Sites want clicks so they SPIN it another way."

He added in a separate tweet: " Chris   and I remain in contact and he knows damn well that I love and respect him."

Cruz   made his live debut with   LAMB OF GOD   in July 2018 in Gilford, New Hampshire.

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