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Gene Hoglan Posts Strapping Young Lad "Skeksis" Drum Playthrough

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Gene Hoglan's second DVD, "The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two," is due to be released on February 3rd, 2017 and will feature the Clock himself breaking down some of his favorite beats, telling stories and playing along with tracks from several of his most legendary projects, including Strapping Young Lad, Testament ,and Death.

In advance of next week's release, Hoglan is revealing what many extreme music fans may consider the most anticipated playthrough from the DVD, Strapping Young Lad's "Skeksis" from the Billboard-charting 2005 release, "Alien."

Gene Hoglan recalls the original "Skeksis" writing and recording sessions: "Devin [Townsend] and I wrote the tune in late summer, early fall of '04, at this shabby downtown Vancouver rehearsal space that kinda represented where we were both at mentally in our lives. I remember him mentioning that he'd love to have an 'Almighty PunchDrunk' (one of my all-time favorite bands whom I've also drummed for) feel and vibe to whatever was about to come out of us. To me, that meant to include, 'the PunchDrunk beat', which is this great, samba-esque, Latin-feel beat (that I am sure has a name, I'd love to know it) which PD proudly stole from the legendary Canadian band The Smalls. I'm sure you've all heard it a time or two.

"Dev and I played around the beat the whole song, getting closest to it in the chorus, then really sinking into it in the last minute or so, in the part I refer to as the 'girl fight' part, because that's what it sounds like Dev is saying there. It is such a fun beat to play, and a real satisfying denouement to the song. A moment of crowning glory to a ruling tune. The version on the new DVD is a completely re-envisioned mix, where the vocals and samples are absent, really bringing out the rhythm guitars and basic tracks."

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1. Drum_Junkie writes:

I will be picking this up. His first DVD was hilarious, entertaining, and educational. I'm glad he is getting more well deserved recognition.

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2. hellrat writes:

Ya gene is fvckin awesome, the perfect blend of power and finesse.....prolific too, dude has waled out tonsof sh!t on so many projects

Man, seeing that photo....I really miss ol devs gnarly skullet, that thing was all fvckin time!

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3. Drum_Junkie writes:

Good to read ya, HR! How's the mountain wildlife holding up?

Speaking of Dev and his skullet, I saw him back in September and reflecting on the show, his skullet would seem a bit out of place for his current music. Still, his skullet is probably the best hair style by any balding person ever.

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4. hellrat writes:

haha DJ for sure, it would be a bit out of place with what he's been doing since he put the Lad and that savage skull beast out to pasture ;)

the elk, deer and antelope in the mid to northern rockies are getting frikken hammered this winter unfortunately...there will most likely be continued and exponential mortality throughout the rest of the cold season :(

anyway, hope you're good brother! \m/

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5. hellrat writes:

**exponentially greater

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