Drummer GENE HOGLAN Says DARK ANGEL Reunion Will 'Never Happen'

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD drummer Gene Hoglan has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"Hey, since I seem to be able to write my own headlines on Blabbermouth, I figured I'd throw oot a few...'Hoglan cures cancer-develops Death Ray in the process.' 'Hoglan replaced by trained monkey-admits monkey can probably do as good a job'..."Hoglan tours the Harley factory.' 'Halford rides a Harley, doesn't he?'

"Actually, that last one is semi-true. We stopped by the Harley manufacturer in Milwaukee yesterday, and took a little tour, pretty cool stuff. Tour manager/drum tech Bryan Seely was quite disappointed, though. He thought it was boring. He's rides a '49 Panhead and a '51 Panhead, and we were surrounded by 'Banker Bikers,' as he refers to them. The tour guide went down the line and asked everyone what they ride, and I was kinda at a loss for words, so when he got to me, I just blurted out, 'Chicks!' If he had been drinking milk, it would have come out his nose...He told me later that he'd never got an answer such as that before, so I figured they probably don't have many puerile rock-dudes taking the Harley tour...

"The night before last was spent at the Quest Club, Minneapolis. Great gig, but you'd think Prince could've afforded to put some decent dressing rooms in his joint. My pals from Iowa City, DESTROPHY, came oot to hang, that was cool! DESTROPHY opened a show in Davenport with us earlier this year, and I think they show a lot of promise. Ari, their vocalist, turned me onto a copy of their new 5-song disc, 'Pray', and it's pretty righteous! Good tunes, huge choruses, good production, I see these guys doing well for themselves in the future. Check 'em oot at Destrophy.com.

"Also, many thanks to Ben, who piled on the pizzas from his work after the show. You rule, dude!

"The show last night was killer! Milwaukee has always been a great place to play for STRAPPING. I do believe we have lost IT DIES TODAY for the rest of the tour, however. That's a shame, They were cool dudes, and we all wish them well.

"I got to hang with my brother Cris McCarthy. He was DARK ANGEL's guitarist for our last year of existence, and he and I were writing the never-recorded 'Atrocity Exhibition' album together. It's a shame DFA [DARK FUCKING ANGEL] couldn't hold it together, 'cause that album was gonna rip. I think, anyway. DARK ANGEL reunion=never gonna happen. We are gonna leave it 'legendary.' Why blow the myth? And oh, we would, believe me...

"Peter from DARKANE finally got to play his own kit, and damn! He's good, too! DARKANE is really stormin'. Fast, meaty, aggro thrash metal, played really well. What else do you need? They go on first, so do not miss 'em. Burton [C. Bell, FEAR FACTORY vocalist] and I just did a quick radio interview together at WKLQ, here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was a FEAR FACTORY interview that I just tagged along to. Burt did most of the talking, and I just pretty much said, 'Yeah, what he said,' in my best Barry White voice...

"Tonight's show should rock, and I'm sure we'll piss off all the rednecks...it's what we do..."

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