Chris Valagao

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Chris Valagao
Birth nameChris Valagao
Also known asThe Heathen
GenresHeavy metal, speed metal, thrash metal
Years active1992–present
LabelsHevydevy, Century Media
Associated actsZimmers Hole, Devin Townsend, Strapping Young Lad, Tenet, West of Hell

Chris "The Heathen" Valagao is a heavy metal musician, best known as the front man for Canadian speed/thrash metal band Zimmers Hole.[1] He is of Portuguese and Norwegian heritage.


Valagao is the founding front man (along with Jed Simon and Byron Stroud from Strapping Young Lad and drummer Steve Wheeler) for Canadian speed/thrash metal band Zimmers Hole.[1] He has recorded 3 albums with the band.[2] During his career, Valagao has performed backing vocals on almost all of Devin Townsend's and Strapping Young Lad's albums. During that time he has built a strong friendship with Townsend.[1]

In 2012, Valagao joined traditional heavy metal group West of Hell and released the debut album Spiral Empire. West of Hell followed up with a headlining tour across Canada and New Zealand in support for the album.[1]


During his career, Valagao has adopted several "nicknames", most notably "The Heathen". Other nicknames include:

  • "Dr. Heathen Hooch"
  • "E.Val"
  • "Lorde of Ass-Fire"


Valagao has performed on the following albums.

With Zimmers Hole[edit]

With Strapping Young Lad[edit]

With Devin Townsend[edit]

With Mechanism[edit]

With West of Hell[edit]

  • Spiral Empire (2012)

With Memorain

  • Evolution (2012)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Chris Valagao Interview". Guitarhoo!. January 19, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "MTV article on Chris Valagao". MTV. April 11, 2008.