Video footage of drummer Gene “The Atomic Clock” Hoglan (ex-DARK ANGEL, ex-STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, FEAR FACTORY, DETHKLOK) performing with FORBIDDEN last night (Thursday, April 21) at the Inferno festival in Oslo, Norway can be viewed below. Hoglan is filling in for FORBIDDEN drummer Mark Hernandez, who was forced to sit out the band’s appearances at Inferno and Metropole Ruhr Festivalin Germany because of “a personal family obligation.”
Commented Hernandez: “I want to put to rest any thought that I am leaving the band, and will hope to see the faces I miss now later on in the summer touring season. I am very honored to have the mighty Gene Hoglan stepping up to help out and do these shows for me. Without a doubt, everyone in attendance will get a 110% FORBIDDEN show!”
Added Hoglan: “I’m real excited to be heading over to Europe with my bros in FORBIDDEN this week for their appearances at the Inferno fest in Oslo, Norway and the Metropole Ruhr Fest in Bochum, Germany. We’ve been great friends for eons, and Craig [Locicero, guitarist] has been my absolute brother since we toured in DEATH together way back when. Not to mention that I’m a seriously diehard fan of theirs. For me, each one of their records was better than the last, and that’s really saying something. From ‘Forbidden Evil’ to the astonishing monument that is ‘Green’, I’d be hard-pressed to name another band who made the unexpected turns of their evolutionary process sound so damn righteous the way these guys did for me. I’m also real proud to be attempting Mark Hernandez‘s killer parts off their roaringly brilliant ‘Omega Wave’. Savage drumming on their latest, indeed. My work is definitely cut out, without a doubt. And I know Mark is excited to return as well. If you are headed to the Inferno fest or the Metropole Ruhr Fest (that just rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?), I’m looking forward to ripping some evil FORBIDDEN metal for you.”
FORBIDDEN recently announced its second headlining tour of North America. Joining them on the road will be tech-death thrashers REVOCATION, traditional heavy metal champions WHITE WIZZARD, and Colorado-based thrash merchants HAVOK.
“Omega Wave”, the new album from FORBIDDEN, sold around 950 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 27 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“Omega Wave” was released in Europe on October 22, 2010 and in North America on October 26, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. It was recorded at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California, produced by FORBIDDEN guitarist/songwriter Craig Locicero with Tim Narducci, and mixed by Sean Beavan (SLAYER, MARILYN MANSON, NINE INCH NAILS).
FORBIDDEN‘s current lineup consists of Russ Anderson on vocals, Craig Locicero on guitar, Steve Smyth on guitar, Matt Camacho on bass and Mark Hernandez on drums.