Originally Posted by Drumshedder
It seems to me that Adler is highly overated. I am no fan of metal, but I must admit that he is fairly impressive on Lamb of God recordings. His performance at MD '05, however, was dissapointing, and makes me wonder how much time was spent in Pro-Tools cleaning up his performances. I had heard people talk about him in glowing terms and was intrigued to see him play, but he never seemed locked in with the guitarist. Maybe he had a bad day, maybe he had trouble playing with only a guitarist (though it was his brother), but he sounded sloppy. All of this talk of innovative ideas and incredible speed surprises me; perhaps some people need to check out legends like Billy Cobham. Pounding sixteenths on double bass isn't groundbreaking to my ears.
I don't find Adler groundbreaking or innovative; but I find him perfect for Lamb of God's style. And why would you compare Billy Cobham to Chris Adler? These two could not be more different. Here's my explanation from the Travis Barker thread:
''Travis Barker is better than your average pop-punk drummer, correct? If not tell me who is better ( I really feel Tre Cool does not measure up). Travis is better than most of the drummers in his genre; that is really where I feel his skill ends. He may be skilled at rudiments and marching, but he plays neither one of those as a profession, nor is he the best at both.
Roger Ebert has a style of rating movies; he rates them through stars. For example, a movie he loves will receive 4 out of 4 stars; a movie he hates will receive 1 (maybe 0) out of 4. However, he compares movies based on their genre. For example, he gave Batman Begins 4 out of 4 stars; he also gave Schindler's List 4 out of 4 stars. He does not, however, mean that both films are equally good; he simply means, that, in comparison to other superhero films, Batman Begins is probably his favorite. In terms of historical dramas, he feels Schindler's list is his favorite. Ebert does not mean that Batman Begins and Schindler's List are equal in terms of quality (though some people may).
Roger says: "The star rating system is relative, not absolute. When you ask a friend if Hellboy is any good, you're not asking if it's any good compared to Mystic River, you're asking if it's any good compared to The Punisher. And my answer would be, on a scale of one to four, if Superman is four, then Hellboy is three and The Punisher is two. In the same way, if American Beauty gets four stars, then [The United States of] Leland clocks in at about two."
Same goes for Travis Barker; In comparison to Tre Cool, Travis is about a 4, Tre is about a 3, and Chuck Comeau is about a 2. While one can compare Buddy Rich, 4, to Chick Webb, 3.5, one cannot compare Rich to Barker."
A jazz drummer should never compared to a metal drummer.