Testament Drummer Gene Hoglan is Sitting in for Charlie Benante at Anthrax Live Shows with Slayer
Drummer extraordinaire Gene Hoglan (Testament, Dethklok, Dark Angel, ex-Devin Townsend, ex-Death, ex-Fear Factory, etc. etc. etc.) is no stranger to the drum throne in Anthrax: he filled in for the band’s usual skin-smasher Charlie Benante in 2012 when the latter stayed home to help care for his ill mother. Later on that same year, it’s worth noting, Shadows Fall’s Jason Bittner filled in when Benante was tending to what at the time was labeled a “minor hand injury.” Jon Dette subbed in for Benante on that tour as well.
Benante is again dealing with hand issues (this time carpal tunnel syndrome, although it’s unclear if that’s related to the incident in 2012), and Hoglan has once more been tapped to fill in. The humdinger here is that Hoglan will be pulling double duty every night: both Testament and Anthrax are out on Slayer’s farewell tour along with Lamb of God and Behemoth. Not that anyone ever questioned Hoglan’s skill or stamina — the guy isn’t called “The Atomic Clock” for nothin’ — but he continually proves just how much of a beast he is behind the kit.
Hoglan’s first show with Anthrax was this past Tuesday night (May 22nd) in Winnipeg. That reports haven’t surfaced until now, either good or bad, shouldn’t surprise anyone; Hoglan is the consummate professional and blends right in! It’s not clear whether Benante will be re-joining Anthrax on this run, although it’s a near certainty he eventually will; Benante, in many ways, IS Anthrax.
Check out some fan-filmed footage of Hoglan playing with Anthrax below. Enter to win tickets to see Slayer’s farewell tour (with Anthrax on both legs) right here.