Legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan (FEAR FACTORY, DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT, DEATH, DARK ANGEL) has finally released his long-awaited instructional DVD, "The Atomic Clock". "I'm having a hard time believing it myself, but thanks to the many folks who lit the fire under my booty to just GET THE DAMNED THING OUT, it has finally arrived, in a nice, neat, shiny package," Gene states. "It's on sale for $30 (plus shipping and handling) at my website, HoglanIndustries.com. And you won't believe some of the extra/bonus goodies that you'll get when you order it, some fun stuff indeed!
He adds, "I tell ya, I am real proud of this thing. A whole lotta love and fun went into the making of it, and I'm real stoked to be bringing it to the public. Those who have seen it have seemed to really enjoy it, and like I've said all along, you don't even have to be a drummer to get a kick out of it, I swear. And to those who have purchased the 'special limited edition' that we've quietly had on sale for the past little bit, I thank you massively. And to those who intend on purchasing the 'real deal' itself, I thank you in advance as well.
"'The Atomic Clock' is two hours of me showing you how I do what I do, without a whole ton of boring, stale rudiments to bog you down. I feature nine full songs (five from the mighty MECHANISM alone) from some of my projects, plus a few different improvised solos, and tons of tips and tricks from my arsenal to help anybody out there become a better drummer. And human being. No, wait a minute, that 'better human being' bit will come from my upcoming 'How to Kick Ass, Motherfucker, like an Ass-Kicking Motherfucker' line of motivational DVDs that are soon to come. Yeah...right.
"But seriously, I am really pumped to launch this thing, I hope all who see it dig it."
Hoglan is nominated in the "Best Drummer" category at the second annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will take place on Thursday, April 8 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. The show will be televised on VH1 Classic on Saturday, May 22.
"Best Drummer" nominees:
* Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD)
* Brann Dailor (MASTODON)
* Dave Grohl (THEM CROOKED VULTURES)
* Gene Hoglan (DETHKLOK, FEAR FACTORY)
* Dave Lombardo (SLAYER)
* Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
Ben and Adrian of DrumThumper.com.au conducted an interview with Gene Hoglan at his May 2008 drum clinic in Sydney, Australia. The footage, which includes snippets of Gene playing a few different styles, can be viewed in two parts below.