Current TESTAMENT touring drummer Gene ”The Atomic Clock” Hoglan is pulling double duty on band’s U.S. tour with ANTHRAX and DEATH ANGEL, filling in for ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante who is taking a short leave from the band’s concert tour to be with his terminally ill mother.
Commented Hoglan: “I am honored to have been asked by Charlie to fill in for ANTHRAX in his time of need. We are all metal brethren, and this is what we do. Unite for the cause, unite for the fans, and unite for metal. Everybody on this tour has pulled together to keep this tour rollin’, everybody is kicking ass. And everyone on this tour is sending our love and respect to the Benante and Bello families. [ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello is Benante‘s nephew. — Ed.] And Charlie, we can’t wait to have ya back where you belong, my man. I’m just keeping your throne warm for ya bro.”
Hoglan last year laid down the drum tracks on TESTAMENT‘s new album, “The Dark Roots Of Earth”, which is tentatively due in late April/early May 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Gene Hoglan recently released his long-awaited instructional DVD, “The Atomic Clock”. Available on Hoglan Industries in the U.S. and on Reversed Records in Canada, the disc showcases Hoglan‘s three decades of experience of performing and recording with the world’s most well-known metal bands such as DEVIN TOWNSEND, DARK ANGEL, DEATH, DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT, ZIMMER’S HOLE, and most recently FEAR FACTORY, along with many others on his resume.