Firstborne’s self-titled debut EP marks the acclaimed drummer Chris Adler’s first dedicated band release since his departure from Megadeth and Lamb of God. FIRSTBORNE features Girish Pradhan (frontman of band Girish and The Chronicles) on vocals and guitar, Myrone on guitar, James LoMenzo on bass, and Chris Adler on drums.
A chance meeting in India, almost a second home to Chris after eight visits, was the spark needed to form the international group FIRSTBORNE and for Chris to return to the studio. Adler met and shared the stage with Pradhan during a six-week clinic tour of India in the fall of 2019. After the first show of the clinic Tour, Adler immediately called Myrone, noting he’d “struck gold” in their search for a singer for the yet unnamed project. Girish Pradhan is the glue that united FIRSTBORNE. Pradhan on vocals represents an almost unprecedented international collaboration.
FIRSTBORNE represents a community. The message speaks to no one being excluded. It’s a soundtrack for all, meant to be a positive beacon in this dark time. The first single and lyric video “Anthem” speaks directly to this.
Frontman and vocalist Pradhan had this to say about it “ ‘Anthem’ is about how governments use the people for their own benefit. Instigating and dividing communities against each other, using age old concepts such as religion, race and caste. While the people fight amongst themselves, the ruling governments and opposition play scripted hands for their benefit. Unfortunately, many can’t see that or even worse, give it a blind eye. How you speak against injustice is a personal choice. Some go to the streets while some use music and art. Injustice is turning a blind eye and ignoring the wrongs within our societies. However big or small of a contribution you make is irrelevant. What matters is that we all do our part – in our own way – and contribute to the whole.”
Adler adds: “I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my creative endeavors. From the start I sought out the best players I could find to work alongside. It’s been an incredible journey that is clearly not over. Some things have changed. This may not be exactly what people expect from me right now, and I’m aware and embrace that. It’s time for something new. I’m have a platform to present something important, true and collaborative. Creating FIRSTBORNE beckons cohesiveness as a mission statement. This is not about being mad all the time, egos or fabricating polarizing drama. “This is right” is now my alarm clock. Girish, Myrone and James have the exact locker room mentality of “kill ‘em all! but let’s make sure everyone is ok and having a kick-ass time” that I try and bring to everything I do. FIRSTBONE is the result of all of my experiences, both positive and negative, and I’m proud of what we are doing together.”
Chris Adler is a Grammy winning American metal drummer from Richmond, Virginia. Chris founded Lamb of God in 1994 and helped usher in what critics have dubbed the “New Wave of American Heavy Metal.” Lamb of God’s discography with Chris includes multiple Gold records and Platinum DVDs as well as 5 Grammy Nominations. Chris received a Grammy for playing drums on legendary thrash metal band Megadeth’s 2016 record Dystopia. Chris also toured with Megadeth in support of the record while juggling and occasionally combining tour dates with Lamb of God.
FIRSTBORNE will make their live debut in 2021 appearing at several international festivals and tours being scheduled/rescheduled now. A second EP is well underway with a Fall 2020 release planned.