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Drumtalk, the video podcast by German drummer and videographer Philipp Koch, conducted an interview with legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK) on June 16, 2013 in Bremen, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

In a 2010 interview with Invisible Oranges, Hoglan stated about how he first started drumming: “I was a super air-drummer when I was a kid. I’m a big proponent of air-drumming helping you out when you first get out in the kit. For three or four years, I had my pair of sticks, and I would just air-drum to all my favorite records [while] growing up. Then when I got on the kit, I already had sort of an aptitude for it. I could air-drum all the parts, so when I [had] drums in front of me, it was like air-drumming — without the air.”

Asked what the three most influential songs were on his playing, Hoglan said: “Probably side one of ‘2112’ from RUSH. That was my first moment of ‘Wow.’ I had already air-drummed to a lot of KISS songs. Then when I heard ‘2112’ from RUSH, I remember learning all of that — on the air drums, of course. And then after I got on my kit, when I started playing, the song ‘Brother To Brother’ by Gino Vannelli was a big lightbulb moment. That has some really killer drumming on it. And another song called ‘Presto Vivace’ by UK on their live album ‘Night After Night’. That had Terry Bozzio on drums. I remember figuring that out when I was a kid. That’s got some stuff to it. It’s not like it’s ‘The Black Page’ [a notoriously difficult song] by Frank Zappa, but for a 13-year-old kid trying to figure out some drums, I was really psyched when I learned how to play big chunks of that song.”

Regarding whether it was a conscious decision to not be a very demonstrative drummer in terms of gestures, Hoglan said: “I used to be [demonstrative] when I was younger. I like headbanging while I play. [But] a lot of times the patterns that we play these days don’t allow for a lot of demonstrativeness. In order to play a full set and pound as hard as I do — I don’t know if it looks like I’m hitting hard or not, but I’m one of the louder hitters out there. So I figure if I’m being demonstrative while doing it, that takes away from the power of what I’m doing. [But] I [do] try to be demonstrative. I’ve got a lot of stick flips and stick twirls and goofy things like that in the middle of thrash metal mayhem. All those ’80s rockers used to do stick flips while doing [simple patterns]. And that’s so lame. So, hell, put a stick flip or a stick twirl in the middle of a blastbeat — that’s fun.”

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Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Assault: Coming to your “Gene Hoglan Experience” stuff that you’ve been doing, I think you’ve done one show so far in Calgary. What was that like and people who’re going to see the shows in the coming few days, what can they expect from this event?

Hoglan: A whole lot of fun! That’s one thing I try to bring — a real sense of fun — and this thing kind of borders on stand-up comedy for me, because everything I do is completely ad-lib. Footage from that Calgary show has made it on the Internet — I don’t know how much, but I’ve only seen the concert portion of it with me actually playing. But everything is a completely different night. It is an individualistic night, and it’s so interactive that fans are free to ask any kind of questions. I don’t have a time limit on the [question-and-answer] section or anything like that. You can ask me about anything. If you want to keep it about myself or some of the bands I’ve played with or some of the people I’ve worked with, that’s cool. Even if I miss out some people who have their hands up during the session, they can always come up to me with their questions afterwards. So it is a lot of fun, every night is its own experience, and no two nights will be the same on this. At times I’d probably end up telling the same story here and there if somebody asks, but I do have a wealth of information and entertainment inside my head and I just want to get that out. It’s a very light-hearted night, you know. Plus, I play drums! I play to a bunch of different tracks that a lot of people enjoy and I talk in between them. It’s kind of spoken-word/gig, a one-man gig where the tracks are booming and I’m playing along with them. It’s a really special night and I hope everybody that comes out enjoys it and I guarantee you will. There’s not going to be a frown on any face at the end of the night. I’ve done lots of these shows, but it’s only now that we’re calling it “The Gene Hoglan Experience”. Nobody has been disappointed and everybody has been leaving with big ol’ smiles on their faces, and that’s really cool to me.

Metal Assault: Right, so there’s no planned set list or schedule for these shows, then? It’s just all free form and wherever it takes you.

Hoglan: Absolutely. I do have a pre-planned idea for a night, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to be married to it. If somebody shouts out, “Hey, man! Can you play this song?” If I’ve got the backing track, hell yeah! I’ve done that sometimes. I’ve got a lot of tracks, but at times I don’t have what they ask for. So then somebody else yells out, “I’ve got a copy of it in my car!” I’m like, “Well hey, bring up the CD and I’ll try playing along to it!” Off the top of my head, that’s the way the whole night goes. It’s very interactive, so that’s one thing that I really appreciate about it. You don’t get shout-out request nights when your favorite bands are playing and you don’t get to ask questions as they are on stage. So this is something that’s very different and I’m trying to make it open and accessible to everyone. This is not just about drums. It’s inclusive for everybody. It’s not just a night of drum talk or isn’t a drum clinic. This is me getting on stage and playing some songs. Am I going to talk about the drum parts in those songs? Well, if the fans are interested in that, then cool. When I’ve done these kinds of things in the past, I’ve asked how many drummers I’ve got in the crowd and it’s usually never more than a third of the audience. So, it is inclusive for metal fans, drum fans, Gene fans and fans of any of my bands. Or, you don’t even have to be a metalhead. If you want to come out and be entertained, this is going to be an entertaining night. So there you go!

Metal Assault: You’re also putting out a new DVD which is a sequel to “The Atomic Clock”. This time what have you done that you didn’t do on the first one?

Hoglan: Well, I managed to get licenses to a lot of songs that I’ve played. We put together a small track listing of me playing along to the actual recorded versions of a lot of people’s favorite tunes. On the next one, I’m getting even more licenses, but on this one I’ve included a bunch of bands that I’ve played for and still playing for. That’s the notable difference. On the first “The Atomic Clock”, I didn’t get any licenses so I merely played to the band MECHANISM, which at the time was my main focus. I even played two instrumental tracks of MECHANISM as opposed to playing the whole song. This time I’m not playing instrumental tracks except for one from one of my more popular bands, but I’ve got all the basic instrumental backing tracks and I’m playing along to those as opposed to having all the vocals, samples and everything else on it. For the most part, that’s a major difference and that’s really exciting, seeing myself play to actual recorded tracks to some of these cool bands. It’s in the stages of editing right now. It’s coming along great; it looks better than the last one and way more pro. It’s an improved version of the last one. I’m still pretty light-hearted in it and I don’t take myself real seriously. It’s got a lot of footage that the last one didn’t have. So I’m sure people checking it out will see that it’s definitely a departure from the first one. That was done on a shoe-string budget, pretty much all by myself, but for this one I’ve got a team of experts helping me with it. So it’s really great and it’s called “The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two”.

Read the entire interview at Metal Assault.

Remaining “The Gene Hoglan Experience” dates:

Sep. 29 – San Diego, CA @ Royal Dive
Sep. 30 – San Diego, CA @ School Of Rock Clinic (all ages)
Oct. 01 – Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Oct. 04 – San Jose, CA @ Milano’s
Oct. 17 – Coralville, IA @ West Music Coralville at 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 19 – New Berlin, WI @ Cascio Interstate Music (part of Drummer Fest) at 11:00 a.m. (free)

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Legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK) made the first of a series of appearances under the “The Gene Hoglan Experience” banner last night (Saturday, September 21) at the Noctis 666 metal festival and conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Gene told stories and played some of the fans’ favorite songs from the fans’ favorite bands that he has performed with over the years.

Fan-filmed video footage of the event can be seen below.

Acording to a press release, “The Gene Hoglan Experience” is “an intimate gathering of metal fans brought together to celebrate the legacy and 30-year career of one of metal’s most legendary drummers.”

Hoglan came up with this concept to give the fans what they want: the ultimate “Gene” experience. In addition to telling personal stories, as mentioned above, Hoglan will reveal some of his secret techniques and tips to help all drummers and musicians of all levels.

You get to meet Hoglan and have access to his exclusive merchandise from Gene himself.

You get to ask Hoglan anything you want!

As previously reported, Gene has set “The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two” as the title of his upcoming DVD. The disc will feature “a lot of the stuff I have been doing at my clinics,” Gene told MediaMikes.com.

He added: “For this release, I was able to get the licenses for the songs I am playing. Everything from DEATH, TESTAMENT and MELDRUM are going to be on there. The new DVD has a lot of depth to it, and I have tried to improve on everything included.”

The jam-packed DVD is available for pre-sale now, with several awesome package options.

Hoglan takes a moment to explain the portions of the second “The Atomic Clock” DVD that are set in stone: “I’d like to take a moment to tell you guys about something I’m extremely excited about, my upcoming DVD. It is going to be roughly two hours of awesome footage of not only me behind the kit playing, but tons of interviews with some the greats that I’ve had the honor to play with over the last couple of years. Guys from TESTAMENT, DETHKLOK, ANTHRAX, and many others. There will also of course be a load of tips and insights from me to hopefully propel players of all calibers (and instruments, for that matter) up to the next level.

“Now, the most exciting part of the ‘songs that I play’ portion of the program, is that on the new DVD, I will be performing to the actual recorded tracks from some of your favorite bands that I have played for (or am currently playing). That’s pretty darned cool, if ya ask me!

“We at Hoglan Industries are eagerly looking forward to its release before the end of the year, and I will keep everybody regularly updated to its progress in the ensuing weeks.”

Hoglan is heralded and is inspirational to many, even outside of his drumming and now celebrates a 30-year career in music as metal’s in-demand legendary drummer. Gene is the only metal drummer to accomplish two No. 1 records on the rock charts in 2012 with TESTAMENT‘s “Dark Roots Of Earth” and DETHKLOK‘s “Dethalbum III”.

Through a major lifestyle change, Hoglan has beat diabetes and lost over 160 lbs.

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During an appearance on this past Sunday’s (September 8) “Heavy Metal Mayhem” radio show, drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DETHKLOK, FEAR FACTORY, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) spoke about the status of the planned reunion of his former band, classic late ’80s/early ’90s California thrashers DARK ANGEL.

“We are trying to see if it can be something that we can all pursue. We all are in discussions,” Gene said.

“[Original DARK ANGEL vocalist] Don [Doty] got a little rambunctious, a little enthusiastic with some of the things that he put there [on the Internet regarding a ppssible reunion]. And we had to speak to Don for the first time, I guess, to get him to go, ‘Hey, wait a minute…'”

He continued: “We all understand — we all should understand — that this isn’t really just a matter of calling up the guys, saying, ‘Let’s put the band back together,’ and then doing it. There’s a lot more involved with it than that. So we’re in talks and we’re trying to see the future in it. And things are going well. We’re all entertaining the idea, definitely, rather than somebody going, ‘Nope. I’m not gonna do it.’ And we even reconnected with [guitarist] Jim Durkin and we’ll see what the possibility might be. And I’m trying to see if this works in my schedule, because I am of the mind — and this is just my opinion — but I am of the mind that a DARK ANGEL without Gene Hoglan is not a proper representation of the music, just like… If you’re gonna reunite, I would want the entire band to reunite — the band that made the records. And that means the entire band. We had two vocalists. So we’ll see where that goes even, you know?! But we’re in talks and we’re trying to see if we can make this a viable thing.

“The most important thing for, I think, any of us, and especially me, and I know a couple of the other guys that are involved that the legeacy of the band is very important. And if the band has attained some of kind of underground legendary status over the years, then if we do wanna return, a lot of people have great expecations of us, we’d better exceed those expectations.

“Like [former DARK ANGEL vocalist] Ron Rinehart said yesterday, the definition of ‘good’ is ‘not bad.’ [laughs] We don’t wanna come out and even be great; we wanna be No. 1. And that’s a very heartening attitude.

“If some of the people that might wanna get involved with this… You’ve gotta do it for the right reasons. This is for the fans. And we’re gonna come out and disappoint the fans, don’t do it. If we’re gonna come out and make the fans go, ‘Yes, I expected something great and I got godly.’ Then there’s a reason for doing it. And we’re just trying to see if we’re all on the same page for that. And so far we are; everybody wants to come out and do a great job, if we get to do this. Scheduling is the main issue, but we are trying to see what we can pull off, actually.”

DARK ANGEL‘s management issued a statement last week accusing Don Doty of displaying a “lack of responsibility” by posting “false information” and starting “unfounded rumors” that have been “creating confusion” among the group’s fans. The management confirmed that DARK ANGEL will reform for a limited number of appearances in 2014 with a lineup that will feature Gene Hoglan (drums), Jim Durkin (guitar), Ron Rinehart (vocals) and Michael Gonzalez (bass). Guitarist Eric Meyer is also expected to be involved.

Doty made an online posting last week in which he claimed that Hoglan would not take part in the DARK ANGEL reunion because Gene was “unable to make the practices” due to his “many commitments.”

DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin said in a statement last month that any talk of the band’s reunion was “premature,” and added that “when I was last in the band, Ron Rinehart was my singer. And IF the band were to come back and continue. he would STILL be my singer. He was our rock when we needed him and there is NO WAY I would do this without him. He and I talk daily and are as close now as ever. If anything, all this talk has brought us all back into more frequent contact! Which is a wonderful thing.”

DARK ANGEL released two albums with Don Doty on vocals — 1984’s “We Have Arrived” and 1986’s “Darkness Descends” — before he exited the group and was replaced by Ron Rinehart (after a brief stint with Jim Drabos in 1987). The band issued two more studio LPs — 1989’s “Leave Scars” and 1991’s “Time Does Not Heal” — before calling it quits in 1992. Rinehart, Hoglan and Meyer reassembled DARK ANGEL more than a decade ago but were forced to abandon their reunion plans after health issues reportedly put an end to Rinehart‘s singing career.

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Former DARK ANGEL singer Don Doty has announced the formation of an as-yet-unnamed new project that will revisit the band’s classic “We Have Arrived” and “Darkness Descends” albums, as well as introduce fans worldwide to new material. Joining Doty in the new group is drummer Sasha Horn, who has previously played with FORBIDDEN, AVA INFERI and NOVEMBERS DOOM.

Doty and Horn have hit the ground running in an effort to start the writing process and to warm up the gears in preparation for the touring circuit. They are also considering bassists and guitarists for the new project and hope to make more announcements soon.

DARK ANGEL‘s management issued a statement last week accusing Don Doty of displaying a “lack of responsibility” by posting “false information” and starting “unfounded rumors” that have been “creating confusion” among the group’s fans. The management confirmed that DARK ANGEL will reform for a limited number of appearances in 2014 with a lineup that will feature Gene Hoglan (drums), Jim Durkin (guitar), Ron Rinehart (vocals) and Michael Gonzalez (bass). Guitarist Eric Meyer is also expected to be involved.

DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin said in a statement last month that any talk of the band’s reunion was “premature,” and added that “when I was last in the band, Ron Rinehart was my singer. And IF the band were to come back and continue. he would STILL be my singer. He was our rock when we needed him and there is NO WAY I would do this without him. He and I talk daily and are as close now as ever. If anything, all this talk has brought us all back into more frequent contact! Which is a wonderful thing.”

DARK ANGEL released two albums with Don Doty on vocals — 1984’s “We Have Arrived” and 1986’s “Darkness Descends” — before he exited the group and was replaced by Ron Rinehart (after a brief stint with Jim Drabos in 1987). The band issued two more studio LPs — 1989’s “Leave Scars” and 1991’s “Time Does Not Heal” — before calling it quits in 1992. Rinehart, Hoglan and Meyer reassembled DARK ANGEL more than a decade ago but were forced to abandon their reunion plans after health issues reportedly put an end to Rinehart‘s singing career.

Asked what he has been doing since leaving DARK ANGEL in 1987, Doty told Germany’s Radio Gehacktes last month: “It’s a long story, and at the same time, it’s a short one. I basically started a family and showed up to my last show [with DARK ANGEL] and told the guys, ‘Hey, look, [I have a] baby [on the way] and I can’t be on the road and do the family thing; it was just too hard for me. There were too many beautiful women in the world and there were too many other opportunities to go off the deep end, and I just could not do that. So with that being said, I took a step back and I told the guys, ‘There will be a day and I will come back and we will finish what we started.”

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Legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK) has set “The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two” as the title of his upcoming DVD. The disc will feature “a lot of the stuff I have been doing at my clinics,” Gene told MediaMikes.com.

He added: “For this release, I was able to get the licenses for the songs I am playing. Everything from DEATH, TESTAMENT and MELDRUM are going to be on there. The new DVD has a lot of depth to it, and I have tried to improve on everything included.”

The jam-packed DVD is available for pre-sale now, with several awesome package options. If that isn’t enough, although Gene has footage chosen for “The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two”, he’s leaving it up to his biggest fans to really decide what they would like to see.

Everyone knows an artist is nothing without their fans. After years of your faithful and much-appreciated support, Gene Hoglan wants give something back, so we are turning to you, his fans, for what you’d like to see next.

As Gene continues the process of creating a bigger and better sequel to his first DVD release, he’d like to hear from you. Email streetteam@reversedrecords.com and tell Gene what you want to see on the next DVD, and you will be given the chance to pre-order several packages. There are seven “levels” or packages that fans can pre-order the DVD with.

Hoglan takes a moment to explain the portions of the second “The Atomic Clock” DVD that are set in stone: “I’d like to take a moment to tell you guys about something I’m extremely excited about, my upcoming DVD. It is going to be roughly two hours of awesome footage of not only me behind the kit playing, but tons of interviews with some the greats that I’ve had the honor to play with over the last couple of years. Guys from TESTAMENT, DETHKLOK, ANTHRAX, and many others. There will also of course be a load of tips and insights from me to hopefully propel players of all calibers (and instruments, for that matter) up to the next level.

“Now, the most exciting part of the ‘songs that I play’ portion of the program, is that on the new DVD, I will be performing to the actual recorded tracks from some of your favorite bands that I have played for (or am currently playing). That’s pretty darned cool, if ya ask me!

“We at Hoglan Industries are eagerly looking forward to its release before the end of the year, and I will keep everybody regularly updated to its progress in the ensuing weeks.”

Hoglan is planning a series of appearances under the “The Gene Hoglan Experience” banner, set to take place this fall, where he will tell stories and play some of your favorite songs from your favorite bands that he has performed with over the years.

Acording to a press release, “The Gene Hoglan Experience” is “an intimate gathering of metal fans brought together to celebrate the legacy and 30-year career of one of metal’s most legendary drummers.”

Hoglan came up with this concept to give the fans what they want: the ultimate “Gene” experience. In addition to telling personal stories, as mentioned above, Hoglan will reveal some of his secret techniques and tips to help all drummers and musicians of all levels.

You get to meet Hoglan and have access to his exclusive merchandise from Gene himself.

You get to ask Hoglan anything you want!

“The Gene Hoglan Experience” dates:

Sep. 21 – Calgary, AB @ Vern’s Tavern (part of Noctis 666 Metal Festival and Conference) at 3:00 p.m.
Sep. 29 – San Diego, CA @ Royal Dive
Sep. 30 – San Diego, CA @ School Of Rock Clinic (all ages)
Oct. 01 – Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Oct. 04 – San Jose, CA @ Milano’s
Oct. 17 – Coralville, IA @ West Music Coralville at 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 19 – New Berlin, WI @ Cascio Interstate Music (part of Drummer Fest) at 11:00 a.m. (free)

Hoglan is heralded and is inspirational to many, even outside of his drumming and now celebrates a 30-year career in music as metal’s in-demand legendary drummer. Gene is the only metal drummer to accomplish two No. 1 records on the rock charts in 2012 with TESTAMENT‘s “Dark Roots Of Earth” and DETHKLOK‘s “Dethalbum III”.

Through a major lifestyle change, Hoglan has beat diabetes and lost over 160 lbs.

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Less than a month after it was announced that classic late ’80s /early ’90s California thrashers DARK ANGEL would reunite for a number of shows next year — including an appearance at the Keep It True XVII festival, set to take place April 25-26, 2014 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany — the Keep It True organizers have canceled the band’s participation at the event.

Their official statement on the matter reads as follows:

“There have been many turbulences around the DARK ANGEL reunion and their show at Keep It True lately. Right now it looks like there are two separate sections, with on the one hand Don Doty [vocals] and Eric Meyer [guitar], and on the other hand Gene Hoglan [drums] and Jim Durkin [guitar], who fight each other with almost daily statements about who is the real DARK ANGEL. We watched this quietly for some days and hoped that all will be sorted out, but it seems there is no satisfying solution for everyone.

Keep It True stands for many years for honesty and credibility and we fear that these actions around the DARK ANGEL reunion can put damage on the good name of the festival. So we decided that NO version of DARK ANGEL will play on Keep It True 2014. We do not want to be in the middle of a fight where there is no end in sight.

“I hope you all understand our decision. We know some of you will be disappointed, but this is the only way for us. We will now look for a different Saturday headliner.”

DARK ANGEL‘s management issued a statement yesterday accusing the band’s original lead singer, Don Doty, of displaying a “lack of responsibility” by posting “false information” and starting “unfounded rumors” that have been “creating confusion” among the group’s fans. The management confirmed that DARK ANGEL will reform for a limited number of appearances in 2014 with a lineup that will feature Gene Hoglan (drums), Jim Durkin (guitar), Ron Rinehart (vocals) and Michael Gonzalez (bass).

Doty made an online posting earlier this week in which he claimed that Hoglan would not take part in the DARK ANGEL reunion because Gene was “unable to make the practices” due to his “many commitments.”

DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin said in a statement last month that any talk of the band’s reunion was “premature,” and added that “when I was last in the band, Ron Rinehart was my singer. And IF the band were to come back and continue. he would STILL be my singer. He was our rock when we needed him and there is NO WAY I would do this without him. He and I talk daily and are as close now as ever. If anything, all this talk has brought us all back into more frequent contact! Which is a wonderful thing.”

DARK ANGEL released two albums with Don Doty on vocals — 1984’s “We Have Arrived” and 1986’s “Darkness Descends” — before he exited the group and was replaced by Ron Rinehart (after a brief stint with Jim Drabos in 1987). The band issued two more studio LPs — 1989’s “Leave Scars” and 1991’s “Time Does Not Heal” — before calling it quits in 1992. Rinehart, Hoglan and Meyer reassembled DARK ANGEL more than a decade ago but were forced to abandon their reunion plans after health issues reportedly put an end to Rinehart‘s singing career.

Asked what he has been doing since leaving DARK ANGEL in 1987, Doty told Germany’s Radio Gehacktes last month: “It’s a long story, and at the same time, it’s a short one. I basically started a family and showed up to my last show [with DARK ANGEL] and told the guys, ‘Hey, look, [I have a] baby [on the way] and I can’t be on the road and do the family thing; it was just too hard for me. There were too many beautiful women in the world and there were too many other opportunities to go off the deep end, and I just could not do that. So with that being said, I took a step back and I told the guys, ‘There will be a day and I will come back and we will finish what we started.”

Doty added that his reasons for wanting to put DARK ANGEL back together are pure. “I’m here for the fans, because they’ve been there for me and it’s their turn,” he said. “Let’s get back and let’s have some fun.”

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More drum-cam footage of legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK) performing with TESTAMENT on June 29 at the Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland can be seen below.

Hoglan is planning a series of appearances under the “The Gene Hoglan Experience” banner, set to take place this fall, where he will tell stories and play some of your favorite songs from your favorite bands that he has performed with over the years.

Acording to a press release, “The Gene Hoglan Experience” is “an intimate gathering of metal fans brought together to celebrate the legacy and 30-year career of one of metal’s most legendary drummers.”

Hoglan came up with this concept to give the fans what they want: the ultimate “Gene” experience. In addition to telling personal stories, as mentioned above, Hoglan will reveal some of his secret techniques and tips to help all drummers and musicians of all levels.

You get to meet Hoglan and have access to his exclusive merchandise from Gene himself.

You get to ask Hoglan anything you want!

“The Gene Hoglan Experience” dates:

Sep. 21 – Calgary, AB @ Vern’s Tavern (part of Noctis 666 Metal Festival and Conference) at 3:00 p.m.
Sep. 29 – San Diego, CA @ Royal Dive
Sep. 30 – San Diego, CA @ School Of Rock Clinic (all ages)
Oct. 01 – Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Oct. 04 – San Jose, CA @ Milano’s
Oct. 17 – Coralville, IA @ West Music Coralville at 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 19 – New Berlin, WI @ Cascio Interstate Music (part of Drummer Fest) at 11:00 a.m. (free)

These “The Gene Hoglan Experience” showcases are being planned in celebration of Hoglan‘s upcoming DVD, a documentary-style film about the inner workings (personal and technical) of the master of metal drumming himself. This is Gene‘s second DVD release, and it will be released this fall.


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Classic late ’80s /early ’90s California thrashers DARK ANGEL have released the following statement:

“Due to the recent rumor-inducing statements made by estranged ex-DARK ANGEL singer Don Doty, the band is forced to offer a premature release of information.

DARK ANGEL will reform for a limited number of appearances in 2014 in the U.S. and select festivals in Europe. These dates are still pending and have not yet been booked at this time.

“The confirmed lineup for these rare and unique, select 2014 shows features Gene Hoglan (drums), Jim Durkin (guitar), Ron Rinehart (vocals) and Michael Gonzalez (bass).

“The lack of responsibility that Don Doty is displaying by posting false information and unfounded rumors is creating confusion for DARK ANGEL fans. There is no ‘Team Don Doty‘ or ‘Team Ron Rinehart.’ There is ONLY DARK ANGEL. We will not be a part of anything that damages this band and its reputation.

“All future official statements will come from DARK ANGEL‘s management.”

Doty made an online posting earlier this week in which he claimed that Hoglan would not take part in the DARK ANGEL reunion because Gene was “unable to make the practices” due to his “many commitments.”

DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin said in a statement last month that any talk of the band’s reunion was “premature,” and added that “when I was last in the band, Ron Rinehart was my singer. And IF the band were to come back and continue. he would STILL be my singer. He was our rock when we needed him and there is NO WAY I would do this without him. He and I talk daily and are as close now as ever. If anything, all this talk has brought us all back into more frequent contact! Which is a wonderful thing.”

DARK ANGEL released two albums with Don Doty on vocals — 1984’s “We Have Arrived” and 1986’s “Darkness Descends” — before he exited the group and was replaced by Ron Rinehart (after a brief stint with Jim Drabos in 1987). The band issued two more studio LPs — 1989’s “Leave Scars” and 1991’s “Time Does Not Heal” — before calling it quits in 1992. Rinehart, Hoglan and Meyer reassembled DARK ANGEL more than a decade ago but were forced to abandon their reunion plans after health issues reportedly put an end to Rinehart‘s singing career.

Asked what he has been doing since leaving DARK ANGEL in 1987, Doty told Germany’s Radio Gehacktes last month: “It’s a long story, and at the same time, it’s a short one. I basically started a family and showed up to my last show [with DARK ANGEL] and told the guys, ‘Hey, look, [I have a] baby [on the way] and I can’t be on the road and do the family thing; it was just too hard for me. There were too many beautiful women in the world and there were too many other opportunities to go off the deep end, and I just could not do that. So with that being said, I took a step back and I told the guys, ‘There will be a day and I will come back and we will finish what we started.”

Doty added that his reasons for wanting to put DARK ANGEL back together are pure. “I’m here for the fans, because they’ve been there for me and it’s their turn,” he said. “Let’s get back and let’s have some fun.”

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Drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DETHKLOK, FEAR FACTORY, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) will not take part in the planned reunion of classic late ’80s /early ’90s California thrashers DARK ANGEL in 2014. The band’s original vocalist, Don Doty, states: “I found out yesterday [Gene] has many commitments and unable to make the practices.”

In other news, Doty has etended an invitation to the man who replaced him in DARK ANGEL, Ron Rinehart, to share the vocal duties with him at the upcoming reunion shows. Doty says: “To my brother in arms, Ron Rinehart, you know that you are always welcome to come up and sing a couple of songs. You have DARK ANGEL blood in your veins just like the rest of us.”

Doty and DARK ANGEL guitarist Eric Meyer (guitar) will guest on “The Metal Magdalene With Jet” on Metal Messiah Radio tonight (Tuesday, September 3) at 9:00 p.m. EST. They will tell the audience about what’s going on with the band now and maybe laying some of the rumors to rest. They will also talk about the early days of DARK ANGEL, share some fan stories, and discuss the positive reaction to the news of the band’s return.

DARK ANGEL is expected to reunite for a number of shows next year, including an appearance at the Keep It True XVII festival, set to take place April 25-26, 2014 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany.

DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin said in a statement last month that any talk of the band’s reunion was “premature,” and added that “when I was last in the band, Ron Rinehart was my singer. And IF the band were to come back and continue. he would STILL be my singer. He was our rock when we needed him and there is NO WAY I would do this without him. He and I talk daily and are as close now as ever. If anything, all this talk has brought us all back into more frequent contact! Which is a wonderful thing.”

DARK ANGEL released two albums with Don Doty on vocals — 1984’s “We Have Arrived” and 1986’s “Darkness Descends” — before he exited the group and was replaced by Ron Rinehart (after a brief stint with Jim Drabos in 1987). The band issued two more studio LPs — 1989’s “Leave Scars” and 1991’s “Time Does Not Heal” — before calling it quits in 1992. Rinehart, Hoglan and Meyer reassembled DARK ANGEL more than a decade ago but were forced to abandon their reunion plans after health issues reportedly put an end to Rinehart‘s singing career.

Asked what he has been doing since leaving DARK ANGEL in 1987, Doty told Germany’s Radio Gehacktes last month: “It’s a long story, and at the same time, it’s a short one. I basically started a family and showed up to my last show [with DARK ANGEL] and told the guys, ‘Hey, look, [I have a] baby [on the way] and I can’t be on the road and do the family thing; it was just too hard for me. There were too many beautiful women in the world and there were too many other opportunities to go off the deep end, and I just could not do that. So with that being said, I took a step back and I told the guys, ‘There will be a day and I will come back and we will finish what we started.”

Doty added that his reasons for wanting to put DARK ANGEL back together are pure. “I’m here for the fans, because they’ve been there for me and it’s their turn,” he said. “Let’s get back and let’s have some fun.”

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