Featuring Interviews with Members of ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT and More
GENE HOGLAN‘s highly-anticipated second DVD, The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two, is due to be released on February 3, 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 their Billboard-charting 2005 release, Alien. Take a look at the blazing playthrough now via GENE HOGLAN’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/-eaIvh6ELVg
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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