Band Photo: Death (?)
From: Orlando, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded
Death Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Death.
In recent years, the glorious musical legacy of the late Chuck Schuldiner has been injected with a new burst of life. This has happened thanks to the the impressive Special Edition series that Relapse Records and Chuck's estate (Perseverance Holdings LTD) have been putting together. These albums (which include most of Death's, Control Denied's and Mantas' recordings) feature a plethora of new bonus tracks, remixes, remastering, and an outstanding overall packaging.
Death's iconic second opus, "Leprosy," is the latest entry in the series. Classics hymns like "Pull The Plug" and "Left To Die," among others, can now be enjoyed with a renewed, crystal clear quality thanks to remastering work courtesy of Alan Douches (Mastodon, Nile). Between that and Ed Repka's unforgettable cover artwork, the liner notes and extra photos, it's difficult not to feel that this is, indeed, a true labor of love.
We talked with Perseverance Holdings' master chief— and Schuldiner former manager—Eric Greif, about bringing this metallic gem back to life. He also made revelations about what's coming next for Death's recordings and the future of Control's Denied's unreleased opus, "When Man And Machine Collide". Greif's answers were, to say the least, extremely compelling. More...
Branded the most brutal metal drummer of our time, Eugene "Gene" Victor Hoglan II, has been consistently acclaimed for his creativity in drum arrangements, including usage of odd devices for percussion effects and his trademark lengthy double-kick drum rhythms. His highly technical precision of playing increasingly fast and challenging tempos, with extreme accuracy, earned him the nickname "The Atomic Clock." He is best known for his works with the bands Death, Strapping Young Lad and Testament.
Completely self-taught, Hoglan got his first drum kit when he was 13. He began his music career in the early 80s, playing drums during concert sound checks for legendary metal band, Slayer, and working as their lights engineer on tour. He also formed the well known thrash band, War God, with Michelle Meldrum. At the end of the same year he was asked to drum for the thrash metal band Dark Angel, and wrote most of the lyrics for their next three albums. He achieved even greater notoriety during the 1990s playing with Death, recording an album with the thrash metal band Testament, and making the acquaintance of Canadian multi-instrumentalist Devin Townsend, forging a lasting friendship. He has since recorded several albums with Townsend, both as part of the speed/industrial/death metal band Strapping Young Lad and Townsend's solo albums.
Hoglan recently played on "The Dethalbum," for Adult Swim's animated TV show, Metalocalypse. "The Deathalbum," debuted at #21 in the Billboard 200, making it the highest charting death metal album in history. He just finished touring with Dethklok, selling out shows in every city. Hannah and I got to sit down with Gene and discuss the Dethklok tour, various percussion instruments he's created, and the recent loss of his dear friend Michelle Meldrum. More...