With Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe putting his ordeal in the Czech Republic fully behind him and a fall tour with frequent tourmates Killswitch Engage on the horizon, things are on the up and up for the Virginia band. Drummer Chris Adler checked in with fans to let them know he won't be touring with Protest the Hero, despite playing drums on their new record. He also teased a surprise for fans that would be revealed later this year.

With Lamb of God effectively immobilized for a good part of 2012 due to Blythe's legal ordeal, Adler kept busy by taking other gigs, like playing on Protest the Hero's fan-funded 'Volition.' It was creatively taxing for Adler, long and largely regarded as one of the best skinsman in the metal genre, and he feels it has made him a better rhythm keeper. But it will not go any further than that.

Adler's update is as follows:

Hey all! Things have been going really well on this trip for us. The band is playing well and much of the hard work we have put in is being rewarded with great slots on the festivals we are doing and huge side shows in between. I feel very lucky to be a part of where we are right now and am enjoying it quite a bit. I've now heard the Protest The Hero record and it's fantastic! I love listening to it and hope you all do as well. I've been asked many times on this tour that since I played drums on the record if I will be touring with them or would consider playing on other projects. I'm fairly sure my schedule won't allow for me to properly join their band and tour. As much as I love the music, I love being with my family too! LOL. We shall see as it's not even something we have discussed.

He also shared a little more detail about the PTH experience, from an artistic standpoint, posting:

As for other projects, it's hard to answer that. I was a fan of PTH and jumped at the chance to step out of my box a little bit, push myself and explore my capabilities. It turned into quite a daunting task, but I'm much better off for it. I think I'd have to evaluate every opportunity in the same way. Obviously my main focus is LOG, it's still my heart and soul and I'm loving being able to get out and share it with you. We've got a few big announcements coming soon regarding tours that will end the Resolution cycle and a little surprise before the end of the year. Stay tuned – and stay metal! ~Chris

We can only wonder what that surprise will be. Adler certainly grabbed our attention. Hurry up and tell us our surprise!