Gene Hoglan. The Atomic Clock. Testament. Dethklok. Death. Fear Factory. Strapping Young Lad. All these and many more are just a few lines on the resume of metal's most productive and prolific drummer. In truth, his name has become ubiquitous with high-end heavy metal drumming. By anecdote, he even gave the legendary Dave Lumbardo some tips. But the topic on this day is a topic that proved to be very near and dear to Gene's heart; Meldrum's long awaited, finally released finale, "Lifer." Read on to see a candid conversation with a thoughtful guy.

Few names in heavy metal resonate the way Chuck Billy's does. He is and has been one of the fathers of metal, a true-to-form vocalist of remarkable consistency and dedication to craft. Chuck has been a point for fans to rally around, either to carry the banner for metal, to not forget the halcyon days, or even to give cancer the finger. Over roughly thirty years, Chuck and his band Testament have been to hell and back again, surviving the changing times and lineup changes, all the while producing the same high caliber of original Bay Area thrash. We were honored to talk to Chuck Billy about his new album (both of them,) the Big 4, microphone stands and whether or not this legend has ever thought of hanging it up.

Testament has managed a remarkable feat; they have spent their entire career one step into the shadows. During the 80's, the natural cutoff for establishing the group of thrash bands at the top of the heap left them one step away from immortality, despite their sales success.

Death Angel is one of the oft-overlooked also-rans of the thrash movement of the early to mid 1980’s. Their name is spoken mostly in the dusty corners of memory, their legacy not as pronounced as so many of their musical kin.

After all the waiting and back surgery and more waiting, how can I best sum up the experience that was the American Carnage tour? Well, with the help of a free (and possibly unreliable) internet translator, here are a few simple phrases in a whole slew of languages:

If you haven't heard yet, there will be no American Carnage tour... at least, not this winter.