Gene Hoglan - Modern Drummer Magazine

Gene Hoglan

The Man, the Machine, the Atomic Clock

Gene Hoglan has been raising the bar in extreme metal drumming for decades. The list of iconic metal bands he’s played with is ridiculous: Death, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Dark Angel, Old Man’s Child, Devin Townsend, Fear Factory, Dethklok, Mechanism, and the list goes on! One of the most accomplished metal drummers of all time, Hoglan is known to sit in on any extremely challenging gig and make it seem like child’s play.

Gene’s sound is instantly recognizable. Not only does he haul ass on 24" double kicks with gigantic toms and twin mega-bell rides, but his blasts and grooves ooze personality with unique cymbal-work and creative open-handed execution.

Gene’s ultra-precise playing has been at the forefront of technical metal since the early days of the genre. What follows is a selection of Gene’s ultra-intense drumming with verbose and humorous commentary from the Atomic Clock himself!


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March 2021 Issue