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Megadeth Names Lamb of God's Chris Adler as New Drummer for Forthcoming Release; Is A Guitarist Next?

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Megadeth has confirmed at least one new member for the recording of its new album, declaring this week that Lamb of God's Chris Adler would step behind the kit. There's no word on whether he'll be able to continue on tour with the group, as his primary band is reportedly working on a new album as well, but it's a good start for the thrash icons (from Loudwire).

Adler described receiving the call as similar to a "hidden camera show" to describe his excitement.

"I had some time to really think about it and how I can best fit into this situation. I'm coming into this on fire," he said. "There is an incredible amount of respect, but the goal here is to make the very best thrash album we can. Together, I believe we can do something very special! Get ready for a very exciting chapter in the Megadeth legacy."

Megadeth is well known/notorious for its revolving door membership, aside from frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine, but former percussionist Shawn Drover had been with the band longer than anyone on the drums before him, staying for the decade between 2005-'15 before he and guitarist Chris Broderick left the band to begin Act of Defiance.

That leaves a gap for a second guitarist but Mustaine noted that Megadeth classics such as Rust In Peace had been recorded as a threesome, so he might opt to wait until a tour develops to add a rhythm player.

Rumors have been persisting for weeks that Adler was going to end up recording with the group and came to a head last week when the band posted a doctored photo of what appeared to be the drummer wearing a Megadeth T-shirt. Metal fans were wary however, noting that it wasn't the first time Adler had been involved in similar rumors during the least year—many believed at first that he had recorded with Slipknot for its newest release .5: The Grey Chapter.

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