Firstborne‘s self-titled EP is the first output from the new band, but the members need very little introduction. Founded by former Lamb of God and Megadeth drummer Chris Adler with bassist James LoMenzo (ex-Ozzy, ex-Megadeth), Firstborne play high-energy heavy metal, a new direction for Adler, as heard on single “Roll the Dice.”
“’Roll the Dice’ shows Firstborne turning another unexpected turn musically that I could not have done before,” Adler tells Decibel. “It’s the perfect song to drive fast with the windows down air drumming on your wheel.
“And somewhat ironically, it speaks to how those memorable moments can turn to tragedy,” he continues, moving in a darker direction. “We only go around this thing once and as Elvis Costello and, bizarrely, the Meatmen best said it back in the day, ‘Accidents will happen, you don’t know when, accidents are waiting around the bend.’ Enjoy what you have left.”
“Roll the Dice,” as well as the rest of the songs on Firstborne, are an exciting move from Adler, who left Lamb of God in 2019. The drummer is already one of the most accomplished in metal, even having won a Grammy with Megadeth for Dystopia, but classic heavy metal is new territory that he and his bandmates are ready to take on.
“Couldn’t wait to get this one out to you!” LoMenzo adds. “‘Roll The Dice’ is an energetic snapshot of what Firstborne is all about. Shutting out self-doubt, shutting down fear and just going for it!”