Lamb of God's Mark Morton and Willie Adler on creative kinship, staying power, and trading heavyweight riffs

Lamb of God
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2020 was poised to be a banner year for Lamb of God. The reigning thrash metal kings - particularly true now that Slayer are no longer active - had put the finishing touches on their self-titled eighth studio album, the first to feature Art Cruz in place of longtime drummer Chris Adler, and had a rigorous touring schedule, including a still-scheduled mammoth trek alongside Megadeth, Trivium and In Flames. 

Guitarist Mark Morton had been busy for the past year or so with a pair of solo releases - last year’s Anesthetic full-length and a five-song, mostly acoustic EP titled Ether, released this past January - and tour dates in support of his solo endeavors. 

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Jeff Kitts

As a teenager, Jeff Kitts began his career in the mid ’80s as editor of an underground heavy metal fanzine in the bedroom of his parents’ house. From there he went on to write for countless rock and metal magazines around the world – including Circus, Hit Parader, Metal Maniacs, Rock Power and others – and in 1992 began working as an assistant editor at Guitar World. During his 27 years at Guitar World, Jeff served in multiple editorial capacities, including managing editor and executive editor before finally departing as editorial director in 2018. Jeff has authored several books and continues to write for Guitar World and other publications and teaches English full time in New Jersey. His first (and still favorite) guitar was a black Ibanez RG550.