The reunited DARK ANGEL have been rejoined by drummer Gene Hoglan (i.e. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) after a short stint with interim skinsman Al "Mayhem" Mendez, guitarist Jim Durkin has informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
"Gene never said he would NOT [become part of the reunion at some point]," Durkin explained when asked what made Hoglan change his mind about getting involved with the band again. "He looked at his schedule and saw where he can fit it in. He just called me today [August 21st] and we talked about it…and HE'S IN."
It is strongly rumored that the band — with Hoglan in tow — will be making a surprise appearance (likely for only one or two songs) at the September 30th show by KREATOR/DESTRUCTION at The Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, California, where Durkin's new band DREAMS OF DAMNATION (which also features Mendez) are scheduled to perform as one of the support acts. A west coast mini-tour is also likely to take place in late November, according to Jim.
Hoglan's decision to return to the DARK ANGEL fold is not expected to affect his involvement with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, who are scheduled to begin recording their self-titled third full-length album in early September for an early 2003 release through Century Media Records.