Legendary Extreme Metal Drummer GENE HOGLAN Releases “The Atomic Clock”

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG


Legendary extreme metal drummer Gene Hoglan brings forth his long awaited instructional DVD “The Atomic Clock”. Available on Hoglan Industries in the US and on Reversed Records in Canada, Hoglan showcases his 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.

Offering two hours of pure metal drumming fury, Gene shells out his pounding arsenal to drummers and music fans intrigued to understand what makes “The Clock” tick. Featuring 9 full songs from various projects (5 from the mighty MECHANISM), plus different improvised solos, in addition to tons of tips and tricks from his personal cache. Watch the Gene fill the screen, sharing his knowledge and putting it to the test.

View the “The Atomic Clock” Video Trailer:

Gene Hoglan – The Atomic Clock – DVD (Instructional) 2010

GENE HOGLAN Releases "The Atomic Clock" (Instructional DVD)

GENE HOGLAN Releases "The Atomic Clock" (Instructional DVD)

“Hoglan has one of the most impressive resumes in heavy metal dating back to the early 1980’s including DARK ANGEL, TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD.” – Sick Drummer Magazine

“Gene fucking Hoglan is being Gene fucking Hoglan on the drums.” – MetalSucks.net

“Gene is well known for his very impressive double kick drum rhythms, and his amazingly creative drum arrangements including the use of some unusual objects for percussive effect. His playing is highly technical, accurate, and extremely fast earning the nickname “The Atomic Clock”.”– Total-Drums.com

“This man has one of the heaviest sounding drum sounds of all time… some of the most intense piece of drumming I’ve ever heard. – Metal-Observer.com

“The intensity of Hoglan’s drumming is buttressed by the constancy and accuracy of his ferocious double kick rhythms, executed to blistering tempos.” – MetalUnderground.com

“Gene Hoglan’s kick drums blast through in furious, amazingly accurate 32nd-note flurries.” – Modern Drummer – (SYL Interview 2005)

“Known for his incredibly tight, rapid-fire playing, Hoglan remarkably always maintains a Zen-like composure behind his kit.” – MetalReview.com

“Drummer extraordinaire!” – Metal-Rules.com

“Drumming maestro” – Metal Hammer (UK)

“Mesmerizing skin work” – Metal-Eater.com


Gene Hoglan Industries (US)
Reversed Records (Canada)

Gene Hoglan Industries (US)
Reversed Records (Canada)

DVD Credits:
Directed by:  Marcus Rogers (Cinestir Films)
Edited by: Marcus Rogers
Produced by: Gene Hoglan
Executive Producer by: Byron Stroud
Recorded by: Shaun Thingvold
Engineering & Editing by: Rob ‘Chicken’ Shallcross
Photographer Credit by: Gemini Visuals

At long last, legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok, plus a coffee break in just about every other metal band on the planet!) has released his very first DVD, “The Atomic Clock”! Hooray! Is it instructional? Who Knows? Is it educational? Who cares, it’s GEEEEEEEEENE, so it’s bound to be entertaining as hell!!!

On this disc, Hoglan will break down what makes ‘The Clock’ tick, his style, his philosophies, especially his quirks and cheats. Will he break down your favourite ‘Gene Patterns’? Hell no! Will he clog your brain with countless dull rudiments? No way! Will he blow your mind with 9 complete songs from his upcoming projects? Hell yes he will! You’ll see an-hour-and-a-half of wicked Gene-playing, plus the disc is chock full of ‘extras’! What other instructional discs have ‘EXTRAS’, we ask? None that we know of! That’s why this is no mere ‘instructional’ disc, it’s way more than that! Yippee!

Filmed in magnificent ‘Enormo-Vision’, the big man will fill the screen with knowledge put to the test from his 3 decades of drumming. Do you need to be a schooled drummer to appreciate it? What are ya, nuts? You don’t even have to be a DRUMMER to enjoy this DVD! All you need is two hours of couch time, armed with your sense of fun!

Quick Fact: Hoglan was nominated in the “Best Drummer” category at the second annual 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

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SABATON Enter The Swedish Album Chart at #4

June 9th, 2010
by EvilG
Sabaton - Coat of Arms

Sabaton - Coat of Arms

Swedish epic power metal sextet SABATON have just entered the Swedish Album charts at #4 with their brand new album Coat Of Arms, due out in North America on June 29th, 2010.  The album is available for streaming in its entirety on the band’s MySpace page.

Coat Of Arms is currently on the European Billboard Top 100 Albums chart at #34.  Worldwide chart entries are as follows:

Sweden #4

Poland #9

Finland #17

Germany #19

Switzerland #33

Austria #71

The Coat Of Arms track listing is:

01.  Coat of Arms

02.  Midway

03.  Uprising

04.  Screaming Eagles

05.  The Final Solution

06.  Aces In Exile

07.  Saboteurs

08.  Wehrmacht

09.  White Death

10.  Metal Ripper

SABATON recently shot a video in Poland for the track “Uprising” with director Jacek Raginis and producer Bogna Janiec of Studio Filmowe N.  The video includes actors Peter Stormare [Sweden, U.S.] and Mateusz Damięcki [Poland], Monika Buchowiec, and a special appearance by General Waldemar Skrzypczak of the Polish army.  View photos from the “Uprising” video shoot here.  View a video trailer here.  View the “Making Of” video here.

SABATON features Joakim Brodén on vocals, Oskar Montelius on guitars, Rikard Sundén on guitars, Pär Sundström on bass, Daniel Mullback on drums, and Daniel Mÿhr on keyboards.

Visit SABATON online at www.SABATON.net & www.myspace.com/SABATON.

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Sean Peck to feature on the next Empires of Eden CD – “Reborn in Fire”

June 8th, 2010
by EvilG
Sean Peck of Cage

Sean Peck of Cage

Empires of Eden is very happy to announce Sean Peck as one of the feature artists on the upcoming album “Reborn in Fire”. The screamer from San Francisco is lead vocalist for US based power metal band Cage.

 From guitarist Stu Marshall: “Sean was one of the guys I approached for the album after being a huge fan of his band Cage. His vocal range is something to really hear as the guy has one of the most intense and expressive voices in metal music today. The other great thing was his ability to compose material. I sent him a song that was really aggressive and he was able to rearrange the parts as he saw a best fit. Sean’s song Total Devastation is definitely the heaviest track on the cd and pure, kick in the face screaming heavy metal. The new album from Empires of Eden – “Reborn in Fire” will feature some of the world’s most respected heavy metal voices. With the already announced Mike Vescera, Zak Stevens, Steve Grimmett and Carlos Zema the album also showcases the incredible talents of Aussie singers Louie Gorgievksi, Chris Ninni and Mike Zoias.”

 Studio videos are now online and free Iphone content is available at the bands page.

Released by 7Hard and also available on Itunes, the album is set for release globally on July 16.

With a 30 piece orchestral score – 8 singers – one album – Empires of EdenReborn in Fire.

Empires of Eden - Reborn in Fire

Empires of Eden - Reborn in Fire

For all news and pre release information check www.empiresofeden.comwww.7hart.de  

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THE ACACIA STRAIN Unveil New Album Title, Cover And Track Listing

June 8th, 2010
by EvilG


THE ACACIA STRAIN have revealed the title, cover art and track listing which will be released July 20th in North American and August 2nd in Europe. The album is titled “Wormwood,” and features cover art by acclaimed artist, Justin Kamerer, who has done previous work for Bleeding Through, Guns N Roses, Slayer and many more.

Check out a video of front man Vincent Bennett announcing the title and cover, as well as the previous “Guess The Album Title” contest, HERE. Bennett also commented on the album:

“We worked just as hard if not harder on this album as we did on (2008’s)“Continent.’ We took an entire block of time off of touring and our lives in general to focus 100% on the creation of wormwood. Where we normally write a record with a theme already attached to it; this time around we wrote a record and the theme developed as we went. we wanted to do something that was still acacia strain, but broke away from the ‘mold’ that has been struck by all the bands these days that we seem to get grouped in with. all the songs have their own dynamic, instead of writing an album filled with like sounding songs. This is the heaviest record WE have ever written and these are the most personal lyrics I have ever written. Justin Kamerer; who did the artwork for the album, was really great to work with and really brought the songs to life with his imagery. I am really excited for this release, and we are all very proud of what we did with this record. i hope you enjoy.”

The track listing of “Wordwood,” is as follows:

The Hills Have Eyes
The Impaler
Bay Of Pigs
The Carpathian
Tactical Nuke

THE ACACIA STRAIN played will be participating in “Cool Tour” in July/August with As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. They’ll also be in Europe in September and October on the “Hell On Earth Tour” with Terror and more.

6/26 Leeds University, Leeds UK. – Ghostfest
7/13 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle %
7/14 N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues %
7/15 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore %
7/16 Baltimore, MD – Sonar %
7/17 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy %
7/18 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre %
7/20 Boston, MA – House of Blues %
7/21 Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom %
7/22 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory %
7/23 Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion %
7/24 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Complex %
7/25 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant %
7/27 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater %
7/28 Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom %
7/30 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre %
7/31 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium %
8/1 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield %
9/17 Jena, GER – F Haus $
9/18 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik $
9/19 Reading, UK – Sub 89 $
9/20 Norwich, UK – Waterfront $
9/21 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre $
9/22 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit $
9/23 Manchester, UK – Moho Live $
9/24 Sheffield, UK – Corperation $
9/25 London, UK – Islington 02 Academy $
9/26 Antwerpen, BE – Hof ter Lo $
9/27 Paris, FR – Glazart $
9/28 Rotterdam, NI – Watt $
9/29 Frankfurt/Main, GER – Batschkapp $
9/30 Klagenfurt, AUT – Volxhaus $
10/1 Munchen, GER – Werk $
10/2 Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet $
10/3 Solothurn, CH – Kofmehl $
10/4 Hannover, GER – Faust $
10/5 Gothenburg, SW – Musikens Hus $
10/6 Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle $
10/7 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle $
10/8 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage $
10/9 Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof $
10/10 Zaandam, NI – Kade $
10/11 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville TBC $
10/12 Stuttgart, GER – TBA $
10/13 Wien, GER – Arena $
10/14 Praha, CZ – Abaton $
10/15 Leipzig, GER – Werk $
10/16 Berlin, GER – SO 36 $
10/17 Amneville, FR – Tat The Beast $
% “Cool Tour”
$ “Hell On Earth” Tour

“Wormwood” was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall) handling producing, mixing and mastering. The band chronicled the sessions through a series of video blogs which can be viewed at http://www.prostheticrecords.com/ THE ACACIA STRAIN’s first DVD, “The Most Known Unknown,” released February 16, debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Top Music Video Sales Chart and 2008’s album, “Continent,” debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” Chart. The band won the “Myspace Readers’ Choice Award” at 2009’s GOLDEN GODS awards.

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SOILWORK: “The Panic Broadcast” Deluxe Edition Details

June 7th, 2010
by EvilG

SOILWORK: “The Panic Broadcast” Deluxe Edition

The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK have posted a trailer for the bonus DVD of their upcoming album “The Panic Broadcast”. The clip also contains a snippet of the bonus track “Sweet Demise” which be included on the limited digipack version of the album. View the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVqtkP4DaM

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June 7th, 2010
by Robert Williams

Lizzy Borden Logo.jpg

Lizzy Borden - San Antonio 2010.jpg

Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Filmed by Carlos Llanas

Video editing courtesy of Sandra Torres

For over twenty-five years, Lizzy Borden has proudly waved the flag of "American Metal" and consistently delivered his brand of over the top stageshows, heavy on blood soaked theatrics. From the band’s early inception with the release of the "Give ’em The Axe" EP on Metal Blade Records in 1984, to Lizzy’s notable appearance in Penelope Spheeris’ acclaimed "Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years" Lizzy has stuck by metal through thick and thin and is currently enjoying some much deserved notoriety afforded by the band’s recent nomination for "Video of The Year" on Mtv2’s "Headbanger’s Ball" program, for the song "Tomorrow Never Comes" taken from Lizzy Borden’s most recent studio album "Appointment With Death". Never at a loss for words, the charismatic frontman recently took the time to chat with Metal-Rules.com about his storied career, this summer’s touring activities, new axe-man Dario Lorina, and Lizzy’s immediate plans for the future. Oh yes… "There Will Be Blood Tonight!"

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Slayer at Manchester Academy – May 30th, 2010

June 4th, 2010
by EvilG

Slayer at Manchester Academy

30th May 2010

United Kingdom

Review and photos by Frank Ralph


Third time lucky for the Slayer faithful.

This was actually my first gig since the passing of Ronnie James Dio, and it was really nice to hear classic Rainbow being belted out through the PA before Slayer took to the stage, as today was the date that the Dio memorial was taking place in LA.

It was even nicer to note that the customary chants of Slayer! Slayer! Slayer! were saved for the gaps between tracks, as everyone enjoyed the moment and respected the meaning of the songs.
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Masters Of Metal – Klubi Tampere Finland

June 4th, 2010
by Arto Lehtinen


Masters of Metal is another addition to the map of the Finnish metal festivals. Originally the event was planned to be carried out in a bigger venue. However, because of the unexpected low ticket sales the whole MOM event was switched to a smaller venue and a couple of bands got dropped from the bill. However the line-up looked pretty solid which should have drawn more people to the event. After all approximately 300 people crawled out to the MOM event. Although the line-up looked all in all solid, but as for the general arrangements of the event, the roadie and break time between each bands was occasionally quite insanely long. That definitely bugged some people off even though the beer was cold and metal ruled. But even though the festival is a small indoor one, if the people of the fest believes in the future of the fest, then we can expect to have another MOM event in the next year.


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Gamma Ray Festival Confirmations

June 3rd, 2010
by EvilG
Gamma Ray - To The Metal

Gamma Ray - To The Metal

Gamma Ray has been confirmed for two more festivals this year and and the detailed dates of the other festivals are confirmed, too. 

10.09.2010 – (HU): “Fezen” Festival (Link)
02.10.2010 – (ES): Indoor Festival (Link TBA) 

See more festival dates here: Tour





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DARK AGE Want YOU In Their New Video

June 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

German melodic death metallers DARK AGE are launching a special video contest and need your help.

The band’s idea: “We are planning to do a video for the song ’10 Steps To Nausea’ from our current album Acedia (out now on AFM Records). We want to something different from the normal (and usually boring) performance clips you see all the time; we want our fans to be a part of the clip.


Just switch on your webcam (or a digi cam) and film yourself going crazy to ’10 Steps To Nausea.’ Use your imagination, You can do a crazy performance alone or with your friends … indoors, outdoors, whatever comes to your mind is welcome.

After filming the stuff, please email us at

nausea@dark-age.de with a short description of your video. We will get back to you with further instructions. Please DO NOT send anything without notification!

After receiving your filmed material, we want to compile everything and present something very unique which will include YOU!

So, tell  your friends, switch on your cam and let the madness begin! We are really looking forward to your ideas! Thanks and greetings from Germany!” —

Martin Reichert and DARK AGE


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PAIN: Peter Tägtgren Comments on North American Release

June 3rd, 2010
by EvilG

PAINPAIN, the band featuring HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren, will finally make their latest release Cynic Paradise available to North America on June 8th. This version will also feature an alternate cover and a bonus live CD recorded on March 23-24, 2009 at the Zenith in Paris, France during the band’s European tour with NIGHTWISH.

“Hi Pain-heads! We’re finally releasing the PAIN album in North America and we’re really happy about that,” commented Tägtgren. “It gives us a bigger chance to hit the road there now, so stay tuned for tour dates on our home pages. We decided to give the US fans something special since the release has been long over due there. That’s why we recorded the show in Paris and to offer that as an exclusive bonus CD for the North American fans. So check it out if you haven’t already!”

The album can be pre-ordered with or without an exclusive shirt design at the following location http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Artist/Pain/11743.

Cynic Paradise North American Track Listing:

Disc 1
1. I’m Going In
2. Monkey Business
3. Follow Me
4. Have A Drink On Me
5. Don’t Care
6. Reach Out (And Regret)
7. Generation X
8. No One Knows
9. Live Fast / Die Young
10. Not Your Kind
11. Feed Us

Disc 2 (Live In Paris)
1. Intro / I’m Going In
2. End Of The Line
3. Zombie Slam
4. Just Hate Me
5. Same Old Song
6. Monkey Business
7. On And On
8. Shut Your Mouth

For more info visit: www.painworldwide.com & www.myspace.com/pain

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ACCEPT – Wolf Hoffman and Mark Tornillo

June 3rd, 2010
by Marko Syrjala



Transcription by M H aka Psychophobe


Accept, the legendary heavy metal band out of Germany, conquered the metal world back in the 80’s with thunderous classic catchy songs such as RESTLESS AND WILD, BALLS TO THE WALL, BREAKER, METAL HEART, and the list continues. The legendary five piece made a triumphant return to the limelight in 2005, crisscrossing European metal and rock festivals and received excited reception from metal fans. However, things within the band didn’t work out and the band went on hiatus. Finally Accept got back together, but without vocalist Udo Dirkschneider. The former TT Quick frontman Mark Tornillo stepped in to take over on vocals. Original members Wolf Hoffman and Peter Baltes had plenty of new strong sounding Accept material written and the new album BLOOD OF THE NATIONS was recorded during last year at the helm of Andy Sneap who had a strong input on new songs and album. The whole band was on a promotion trip and doing some shows here and there. Metal-Rules.Com got an excellent opportunity hear the new album and then hav a chat with Wolf Hoffman and the new singer  Mark Tornillo.

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STOCKHOLM ROCKOUT Festival, May 30th, 2010, Sweden

June 3rd, 2010
by Marko Syrjala


MAY 30th, 2010


Rarely, if ever, has one festival organization gone through so many difficulties as Stockholm Rockout faced out during this spring. First, there were many cancellations for whatever reasons, even some headliners got canceled, and finally the volcano eruption in Iceland and its ash clouds meant that most of the U.S. bands not reaching Sweden in time. The organizers of Rockout didn’t give up and they decided to organize a small-scale one day event with bands which were now available. The actual Rockout -festival will then be re-arranged for later next September. 
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OVERKILL – Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth

May 28th, 2010
by Robert Williams

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Overkill Band.jpg

Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres

After thirty years of wrecking necks live, East Coast thrash metal legends Overkill are still in their prime, as evidenced by this year’s excellent onslaught of an offering dubbed "Ironbound". Hitting the road in support of the new record, the green and black attack headlined the aptly-named KILLFEST tour atop a bill that also featured God Dethroned, Vader, Evile, Warbringer and Woe of Tyrants. Overkill frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth is in good spirits this night in Austin, Texas as he cracks jokes and fills us in on life out on the road. The subject of the evening is primarily focused on the pummeling new Overkill record and the band’s immediate tour plans. Rather than placing too much emphasis on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the band’s debut album "Feel the Fire", Blitz seems very content with the band’s present achievement and looks to the future of the band with excitement and anticipation. Tonight’s concert is further proof why now is as good a time as any, to be an Overkill fan.

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Karma Cowboys – singer Thomas, guitarist Morten and drummer Jacob

May 23rd, 2010
by Anders Sandvall

Karma Cowboys

Singer Thomas, Guitarist Morten and Drummer Jacob

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Transcript by: Ulrika Henriksson
Thanks to Tania Baggo at Target Distribution for the help to get this done.

Thanks to Target Records for providing the promo pictures of the band.
Live pictures taken from the archives of Anders Sandvall


I hooked up with band-members Thomas – lead vocals, Morten – guitar and Jacob – drums in the Danish 70’s hard rock/kick ass rockn’ roll act Karma Cowboys with the intent to talk about their brand new album SHAKE IT. We talked about the new album but we also talked about the bands history, labels, touring and what the future has in store for the band. This is the first interview with Karma Cowboys in metal-rules.com and if you’re into retro hard rock/rockn’ roll with a lot of feeling and attitude then be sure to check out the next big act from Denmark.


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