Interview With Gene Hoglan

June 15th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

Gene Hoglan

Interview by Lord of The Wasteland (with help from Arto Lehtinen)

**Transcription by “Duke” (Thanks, man!)

***Pics by Lord of The Wasteland and courtesy of Seventh Frame Photography, Century Media Records, Strappingyounglad.com, DarkAngelMusic.com and Emptywords.org


In a career that has spanned over twenty years, legendary drummer Gene Hoglan is a true pioneer of the heavy metal plains.  Dark Angel, Testament, Death, Strapping Young Lad?with jobs like this on his resume, chances are you have heard the bludgeoning skinsmanship of Hoglan.  Besides the big-name bands, Hoglan also dabbles in several side projects?both metal and non-metal?which allow him to branch out and explore the many facets of drumming.  Hoglan?s involvement with Devin Townsend both in his solo work and in Strapping Young Lad has been a relationship coming up on ten years with no signs of slowing down. 

Strapping Young Lad unleashed their latest sonic assault, entitled ALIEN, back in March and I got the chance to speak with Hoglan on March 21st?the day before its release.  Having met Hoglan on many occasions at local Vancouver shows, our 95-minute conversation was loose and full of laughs but also packed with insight into his many projects both young and old, as well as touching on Internet rumors, ALIEN, the ?real? Devin Townsend, his audition with Slayer, and many other things?. 


 

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Hollywood Rocks ? The Boxed Set

June 15th, 2005
by Maureen

Cleopatra Records released ?Hollywood Rocks? book a short time ago that was promoted by the Hollywood Rocks tour featuring LA Guns. The label has followed this release with a 4-CD box set featuring songs from arguably the greatest hard rock era of its time. In the compilation you will find demos, b-sides, live and rare tracks from the bands that made Sunset Strip what it was – Dokken, Ratt, Jetboy and many, many others. With so many bands on this project, I decided to interview the man behind the release ? Cleopatra Record?s Tim Yasui who gave the lowdown on this new release. You can check out their website at www.cleorecs.com to get more information.

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Disbelief Bassist Jochen

June 14th, 2005
by Anders Sandvall

Interview with Disbelief Bassist Jochen ?Joe? Trunk

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Transcript by: Ulrika Henriksson.
 
Pictures provided by Sound Pollution
Thanks to Niklas ?Hobbe? Andersson at Sound Pollution for help with the interview.

I was lucky to get an opportunity to interview Disbelief’s bass player, Jochen ?Joe? Trunk. Disbelief have recently released their sixth album 66SICK and are now heading out on the road to crush Europe. This is what he had to say about the new album and about the band.


 

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A Talk with Luke Morley of Thunder

June 14th, 2005
by Anders Sandvall

The new Thunder album THE MAGNIFICENT SEVENTH has just been released and here comes and interview with member Luke Morley ? main songwriter and guitarist of the band. Thunder are also booked for several shows throughout Europe and I was curious as to what the guys have been up to the last few years.

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Frontiers Records for the promo pictures of the band.

Thanks to Stefan at Atenzia records for the help with the interview

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Jetboy?s Billy Rowe

June 10th, 2005
by Maureen

 

It?s been some time since Jetboy graced any stage with their brand of guitar-driven hard rock. But that will come to an end very soon as the band reunites for the first time in some 14 years to play at the Key Club to help promote the release ?Hollywood Rocks? boxed set that the band provides a track towards. The band never did acquire the fame and status of the Poisons and Warrants of their era, but they did develop a loyal fanbase during their years. I had the opportunity to speak with Billy Rowe who gave me some insight on their reunion gig and their future plans. You can check out www.jetboyrocks.com to get more information.

 

 

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Grave, Sotajumala,, Delirium’s Order : The 6th of May 2005 Club Underground, Kouvola Finland

June 7th, 2005
by Arto Lehtinen

Grave, Sotajumala, Delirium?s Order
The 6th of May 2005
Club Underground, Kouvola Finland

The Swedish old school death metallers Grave emerged thru Finland in May by doing a small tour along with a couple of  Finnish outfits as opening acts. The tour stopped by to a small club named Club Underground in a small town called Kouvola, the club itself was a normal looking bar, but the gig had been set out in the damn tight and sweaty basement of the bar where app over 100 people had crawled to feel the brutality of death metal. The stage was also quite small and narrow leaving not that much for musicians to move there. But the atmosphere in the small basement was definitely metal as there were a couple of distributors selling their own and the dj played mainly the brutal death/black metal during the whole evening ala Bestial Mockery?.


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Black Label Society Live In Vancouver

June 6th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland


Sunday, May 1st, 2005
The Commodore Ballroom
Vancouver, BC  Canada

**Live Review & Pics By Lord of The Wasteland


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Alex of PHILOSOPHER

June 6th, 2005
by Luxi Lahtinen

 Intro and interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

“Lovecraftian Death Metal…” – sounds like a fascinating title, doesn?t it? The German foursome, Alex, Mike, Christoph and Tobias call Philosopher a ?Lovecraftian Death Metal? band due to band?s strong interest in H.P. Lovecraft?s creations as far as the band?s lyrical approach is concerned. Musically, the Philosopher camp has a certain attraction to old school ?90s Death Metal in which people can associate them with bands like Death, Morgoth or even Morbid Angel. Plain copycatting has, however, luckily been avoided in Philosopher?s heavy and slowly creeping Death Metal approach and the band has already proved to stand out in its own, especially on the band?s debut album THOUGHTS which really shows what this talented German bunch is all about.       

I talked to Alex ?Snakes?, the band?s guitarist, just recently and tried to gather together sort of an info kit what Philosopher is really all about as far as the band?s musical journey through the current Death Metal territory goes; basically finding out how they have been received by extreme Metal diggers and wanting to know a bit more what kinds of thoughts Alex has about Philosopher?s position amongst a countless amount of extreme Metal bands these days.

Uh, enough said for an introduction, now let?s get to the point finally?  

 

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Dynamo Open Air 2005

May 30th, 2005
by Arto Lehtinen

 

By: Swissman

I decided to scrap my plans to go to Wacken this year to witness the final metal show at the historic Effenaar Club in Eindhoven Holland and the Dynamo Open Air in Hellendoorn and boy am I glad I did. The Effenaar was destroyed the week after the show to make room for a new building.



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#3 – Chris Caffery: Everything Pisses Me Off!!!

May 30th, 2005
by EvilG



Here is our new comic. This time the topic is about what pisses off guitarist Chris Caffery. Read on to the end to link to Chris’s "Pisses Me Off" Contest!!!

Enjoy the comic,

MetalRules.com & Jan Oidium 

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Catapult Live In Vancouver May 19th, 2005

May 28th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland


Thursday, May 19, 2005
Pub 340
Vancouver, BC  Canada

**Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland


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Vomit Remnants/ Godless Truth, London Archway pub. 19th May 2005

May 28th, 2005
by Arto Lehtinen

Vomit Remnants/Godless Truth

London Archway pub.

The 19th of May 2005

Archway pub, London, England

By: Mikael Da Costa


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Primal Fear?The SEVEN SEALS Early Listening Party

May 26th, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

The SEVEN SEALS Early Listening Party

Report & Photos By Lord of The Wasteland & Tanay Ulgen

**Other pics from PrimalFear.de


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Grave Vocalist/Guitarist Ola Lindgren

May 23rd, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

Vocalist/Guitarist Ola Lindgren

Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

**Many thanks to Jodi for the transcription.

**Photos Courtesy of Century Media Records and Grave.se


The Swedish old-school death metal scene is popularized mainly by three bands: Grave, Unleashed and Entombed.  All three bands have certainly had their ups and downs whether it be changes in the musical climate, personnel changes or releases that just, truth be told, didn?t measure up to the rest of the band?s catalogue.  Grave, in particular, took a five year hiatus from recording in the late 90s after the EXTREMELY ROTTEN LIVE album was almost universally scorned by fans and critics alike.  Fast forward to 2002 and Grave returned with the punishing BACK FROM THE GRAVE to show fans that they still had some life left in them but it was on 2004?s FIENDISH REGRESSION that the band really found their groove again.

I spoke with Grave?s vocalist/founder Ola Lindgren at the ungodly hour of 6:00AM about his choice of working with Peter (Hypocrisy) and Tommy Tagtgren on the new CD, the new lineup, melodic death metal and what exactly the band did during their extended break from the studio.


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Despised Icon Vocalist/Founder Alex Erian

May 23rd, 2005
by Lord of the Wasteland

Vocalist/Founder Alex Erian

Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

Live Pics By Lord of The Wasteland.  Promo Pics from Neuraxis. org and Century Media.


To say I was knocked for a loop by THE HEALING PROCESS, the new CD from Quebec, Canada? s Despised Icon, is an understatement.  The band?s sound is described as ?deathcore? in the promo materials and that certainly wouldn?t be far off.  THE HEALING PROCESS combines technical death, grind and a few breakdowns to concoct an album so brutally heavy, so musically complex and so perfectly played that it is sure to top my list of 2005?s best releases.

I managed to catch the band live here in Vancouver (read review here) during their three-week Canadian tour that lead up to the release date of the new CD and despite only playing for a half hour, the band smoked.  After the band returned home again in late April, I spoke with Despised Icon vocalist/founder Alex Erian about the new CD, the burgeoning talent of the Quebec metal scene and many other things.


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