Gene Hoglan: When it comes to playing fast, few can beat Gene "The Human Drum Machine" Hoglan.

SILVER SPRING, Md.—When it comes to playing fast, few can beat Gene "The Human Drum Machine" Hoglan.
"There are young dudes coming up behind me who want to take my throne, but I'm not going to give it up that easy," says Mr. Hoglan, 46 years old, who warms up with drum sticks twice as heavy as usual, a trick he learned from baseball that makes his normal sticks seem lighter. To tone his legs, crucial for foot-drumming, he wears 3-pound ankle weights. When he pops these off, he can really fly.
Though he weighs nearly 300 pounds and is, in his own words, "really lethargic," Mr. Hoglan has been called one of the quickest and most precise drummers in heavy metal.

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