Gene Hoglan AKA: The Atomic Clock has been a rock solid metal drummer for nearly 25 years constantly polishing, refining and improving his technique. From Dark Angel to Deathklok he has played in some of the finest metal bands of all times.
My first exposure to Hoglans work was the 1991 Dark Angel album Time Does Not Heal and the first impression was a lasting one (Act of Contrition was a favorite song because of the drums). It was not until two years later that he would again be brought to my attention after picking up Deaths 'Individual Thought Patterns', hearing the inhuman precision machine-gun double bass blasts and wondering who the new drummer was.
1984 would mark the beginning of Genes professional carer. It is the year in which he transitioned from being a roadie for Slayer to the drummer and primary lyricist for Dark Angel. He would remain with them until their last of five albums in 1992. It was at this point in time Gene joined Death and arguably, cemented the foundation of his legacy as one of metals all-time greatest drummers over the course of two albums.
Since parting ways with Death in 1995, he has continued to build on this foundation by playing with Strapping Young Lad and numerous Devin Townsend albums, Testament, Opeth and one of his latest projects drumming for Deathklok. Anyone who has not heard his work, you owe it to yourself to check him out and those of us who have enjoyed your playing for so many years salute you Gene.
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