One of the best metal drummers in the world, Gene Hoglan, who left Testament this year, said in a recent interview that he has been working hard on the first record by the forgotten thrash metal band Dark Angel since 1991 and hopes to release a new Dark Angel record around mid-2023, and that the band has really been moving forward lately.
We are writing right now. I’ve been writing for the last decade, really, just putting down Dark Angel riffs and all that. So now that we’re really moving forward with Dark Angel .
When we reformed a number of years ago — about a decade or so ago — it was for just a bunch of concerts. And then we all jelled together so good, I’m, like, “Man, let’s keep this together. Let’s start writing.” So Dark Angel Jim Durkin and myself have been writing a ton of stuff. So hopefully by the middle part of 2023, we hope to have a new album out. We’re hoping.
As you know Gene Hoglan started his musical career in the early 80’s as a technician in the technical staff of the American thrash metal band Slayer, where he also checked the sound during concerts. Later he was invited to play in the band Dark Angel on a permanent basis. He took part in recording of iconic Death albums (Individual Thought Patterns in 1993 and Symbolic in 1995). Worked with thrash metal band Testament. Replaced drummer of Opeth on several occasions during concerts. Recorded albums with Norwegian black metal band Old Man’s Child and many others.
Dark Angel released four albums between 1985 and 1991 and, frankly, are one of the most underrated thrash metal bands in the world. So welcome back to the studio and looking forward to the new album.