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Mike Heller The New Drummer For Fear Factory

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Fear Factory's Dino Cazares just posted the following notice on his Facebook wall regarding the replacement of the departing Gene Hoglan and the commission of Mike Heller as the new Fear Factory drummer. Fear Factory's tour in support of the new album "The Industrialist" is set to begin in a few days, and a promo of the track "Recharger" can be viewed here. Here is the press release that Dino 'Asesino' put up:

"Mike Heller our new drummer Glad he's a part of the touring machine - Los Angeles, California 4/19/2012 - Due to conflicting obligations, Gene Hoglan recently had to step down from the Fear Factory throne, leaving it open for replacement. Dino Cazares came to us a while ago and asked if Sick Drummer Magazine could help the band find the ideal guy, and we were more than happy to make several suggestions, some of which actually flew out and auditioned in person. There were many amazing players auditioned in person and via video submission, but it had to unfortunately come down to only one guy.

Dino, Burton C. Bell and Matt DeVries want to personally thank each and every guy who spent time learning the songs and to let you know this was one of the hardest decicions they have ever had to make, but in the end... Mike Heller was just the best fit for Fear Factory moving forward. Mike's abilities on the kit, transcribing notation, his feel, power and precision, are some of the best they have ever seen and they are very excited to welcome him to the Fear Factory camp.

Here is what Mike Heller had to say about joining the band: "It is an incredible honor to be chosen as the new drummer for Fear Factory! It's something I never would have dreamt of as a kid listening to "Soul of A New Machine" and "Demanufacture" over and over again in middle school. It's also an incredible honor to be following in the footsteps of two of the most amazing and influential drummers in metal drumming history. I hope to continue their legacy, creating some of the most forward-thinking and innovative music available today."

You may know Mike Heller for his work with Malignancy or more recently, System Divide. Regardless of what you know, Mike is one of the most talented drummers we know, as well as one of the best drum teachers in the industry. Mike himself studied at The Collective School of Music in NYC and has since instructed countless industry professionals and worked with them (on and off tour) to improve their technique, overcome muscle issues, gain control and a myriad of other characteristics of being a pro drummer. He is a super nice guy and an avid collector of drum gear! Aside from his regular playing, we can honestly say he is the most talented linear player we've ever seen and want to say congratulations and good luck!"

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1. Jasco writes:

Can anyone confirm if that's Mike Heller on the "Recharger" teaser? It really sounds like his style, but I can't find anything saying that he actually did the drum tracks on "The Industrialist". Can anyone tell me? Regardless, he's an awesome fit IMO. His drumming on the System Divide album is "swick" IMO.

# Apr 20, 2012 @ 1:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. BrianMN writes:

^^^If I'm correct Gene played drums on the album he's just not touring with them.

# Apr 20, 2012 @ 9:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Christaki writes:

Neither Mike nor Gene played drums on The Industrialist, no drummer was used on
the album, the band instead opted for
programmed drums with the help of John
Sankey of Devolved.

# Apr 21, 2012 @ 4:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Daniel K writes:

?? ^ source???

# Apr 21, 2012 @ 12:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Jasco writes:

After listening to the "RECHARGER" teaser over & over again, I learned 2 things:

1) Apparently I don't have a life, and 2) that's gotta be Gene on drums. I say that because of his blast pings on the ride cymbal, they're his trademark. If it's all programmed then that's best "fake" live drum recording in existence to date IMO.

Plus I'm seeing other sources that it was Genes last contribution before heading out. Regardless, if the songs are like this teaser, I will be violently raping the CD I get everyday.

# Apr 21, 2012 @ 7:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. ZMA writes:

I think Hoglan stretches himself out a little too much. He never seems to be in a project for that long. I hope he sticks it out with Dethklok though. No one could replace him in that project.

# Apr 22, 2012 @ 1:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. BrokenFace writes:

^ i didnt kno he was the drummer of dethklok too, th€ats exspl€ains that crazy fast as f*** drum ending on the guitar hero song

# Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. ZMA writes:

Yea bro, that's Hoglan. He's been on Dethklok's last 2 albums and helped with the show too I think. I'm pretty sure he'll be on their next album. Like I said, no one could replace that man on the skins for Dethklok. The only person that I can even think of at the moment is that dude from Divine Heresy and World Under Blood, Tim Yeung. He's pretty fast. But it wouldn't be the same if Hoglan was off the throne.
NP: Dethklok - Laser Cannon Deth Sentence

# Apr 24, 2012 @ 12:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Rex_84 writes:

Hoglan should reform Dark Angel.

# Apr 24, 2012 @ 1:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. BrianMN writes:

^^^Dark Angel reunion would rule.
Reinhart would be out though due to his vocal issues.
I wonder where Doty is from Darkness Decends?

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