The legions of die-hard Strapping Young Lad fans can rejoice because ZIMMERS HOLE has returned with a ferocious new album, When You Were Shouting At the Devil, We Were In League With Satan, that is set for a March 11th release. The album’s title track is currently streaming on the band’s official MySpace page [www.myspace.com/zimmershole](www.myspace.com/zimmershole), so head on over now to check it out.
The group recently shot a new video for the track with renowned director Ryan Short (Himsa) and it’s definitely not your average promotional video clip as Byron Stroud (bass) states: “Working with Ryan on our new video was amazing. We managed to pull some favors from friends in the film industry and they supplied us with a shit load of fire and explosions. Good times were had by all. We are also doing a few western Canadian dates before we head off to Europe in April. The dates are below and we look forward to seeing you all soon.”
March 7 Vancover, Plaza Club
March 10 Nanaimo, The Cambie
March 11 Victoria, Lucky Bar
March 13 Calgary, The Republik
March 14 Edmonton, Velvet Underground
March 15 Prince George, Connaught Youth Center
With a wicked, twisted sense of humor and an undying love for true metal, guitarist Jed Simon (Tenet, SYL) and bass player Byron Stroud (Fear Factory, SYL) pay homage to the genre by celebrating its eccentricities in their Canadian quartet, ZIMMERS HOLE. Rounded out by their certifiable vocalist The Heathen and long-time biggest fan Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, SYL) on drums, THE HOLE, as they are affectionately known by their loyal legion of miscreant followers, will reach worldwide audiences for the first time with their third full-length, When You Were Shouting At the Devil, We Were In League With Satan, produced by the infamous Devin Townsend (Darkest Hour, Lamb of God).
Although THE HOLE was dug before the formation of Strapping Young Lad, this is the first time Simon and Stroud have had the time to devote all their attention to the band, resulting in a more focused, streamlined effort. The inherent insanity in a project like THE HOLE is still there, but traditional metal influences abound in the epic, fist-pumping feel of songs like “We Rule the Fucking Land” and “Flight of the Knight Bat.” The crisp but cutting production clearly places When You Were Shouting on the modern side of things but Simon’s thrashy riffs and Hoglan’s blistering pace give the album a timeless and dangerous edge. This is a record for those true metal fans hungry for something that’s going to get their heart pumping and head banging. After all, THE HOLE are as serious about having fun as they are about keeping the integrity of metal intact.