Zimmers Hole

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Zimmers Hole
Also known asZH, The Hole
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresExtreme metal, comedy rock[1]
Years active1991–present
LabelsCentury Media, Hevydevy
Associated actsStrapping Young Lad, Tenet, Fear Factory
MembersChris Valagao
Jed Simon
Byron Stroud
Gene Hoglan
Past membersSteve Wheeler
Will Campagna
Chris Stanley

Zimmers Hole is a Canadian heavy metal band from Vancouver. The band formed in 1991, and features former Strapping Young Lad members Byron Stroud, Jed Simon and Gene Hoglan, along with vocalist Chris Valagao.


Bound By Fire[edit]

Zimmers Hole began life as a side project for members and friends of Strapping Young Lad. The band's debut album Bound by Fire was produced by Devin Townsend and released on his label Hevy Devy Records. The band was named after the sphincter of the band's late mutual friend Dean Zimmer, who would chase other people with his buttcheeks spread during parties.[2][3] Lyrics took inspiration from comedic anecdotes from tours past,[4] backed by middle-of-the-road "metal flying V riffs", usually stolen from Kiss and Morbid Angel. Details of the bizarre back stories for all the songs were provided by Chris Valagao ("'Gospel Sodomy Boy on Blow' is about an asshole called Troy who wouldn't stop doing coke and spouting about Jesus") and posted on the official Strapping Young Lad forums by Tracy Turner around 1999.[citation needed]

Legion of Flames[edit]

In 2001, when Strapping Young Lad finished touring, Jed Simon and Byron Stroud had Townsend to produce the second album, Legion of Flames. It was released on Townsend's label Hevy Devy Records. Legion of Flames included song parodies such as "Gender of the Beast" ("Number of the Beast", Iron Maiden), "Sodomanaz" ("Go for a Soda", Kim Mitchell), and a spoof of Metallica's "Master of Puppets" in the song "Evil Robots", with the line "Napster, Napster, where's the cash that I've been after?". The album also contained a cover of Joni Mitchell's "This Flight Tonight", with humorously altered lyrics.

When You Were Shouting at the Devil...[edit]

In August 2007, Zimmers Hole signed with Century Media Records for the release of the band's third studio album.[5] Stroud and Simon said:

Shortly after, drummer Steve Wheeler left the band, and in December 2007 was replaced by Gene Hoglan, another former Strapping Young Lad member. Hoglan joined in time to start recording the new album.[6] With this roster, Zimmers Hole includes three former Strapping Young Lad members, and Townsend is involved as vocal producer.[7] The band entered Vancouver's Armoury Studios in the same month to record the album. When You Were Shouting at the Devil... We Were in League with Satan was released on March 11, 2008, through Century Media Records.[8]

In an interview with MTV on April 2008, Valagao explained the origin of the album's name:

Hiatus and reformation[edit]

The band's activity waned after their third album, but a new live appearance was announced for 2016.[10] In March 2016, Simon announced that Meldrum guitarist Laura Christine has joined the band.[11] The band is currently working on their next album.[12]


Current members[edit]

Touring members[edit]

  • Laura Christine – guitars (2016–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Matt Koyanagi (also known as "Lil' Sake") – samples, keyboards (2008–)
  • Steve Wheeler (also known as "Bangsley Starnipples", "Lorde of Strobe Lightning") – drums (1991–2007)
  • Will Campagna – keyboards (2002)
  • Chris Stanley (also known as "The High Commander of the Satanic Bubble") – guitars
  • Gene Hoglan (also known as "The Atomic Clock") – drums (2007–2018)



  1. ^ True, Chris. "Zimmers Hole > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  2. ^ Devin Townsend (3 September 2016). "The Legend of Zimmer's Hole" – via YouTube.
  3. ^ "Zimmers Hole Frontman's Spit Made Into Artwork; Plus Guns N' Roses, Slipknot & More News That Rules, In Metal File".
  4. ^ "Zimmers Hole - Bound By Fire Lyrics". baldmosher.com. 1998-01-01. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  5. ^ a b "Zimmers Hole Signs Worldwide Deal with Century Media, Enters Studio". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-08-03. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  6. ^ "Gene Hoglan Joins Zimmers Hole". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  7. ^ Henderson, Alex. "When You Were Shouting at the Devil > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  8. ^ "Zimmers Hole: New Album Details Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  9. ^ Harris, Chris (2008-04-11). "Zimmers Hole Frontman's Spit Made Into Artwork; Plus Guns N' Roses, Slipknot & More News That Rules". Metal File. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  10. ^ "TESTAMENT, Ex-STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Members To Play First ZIMMERS HOLE Show In Six Years". 24 September 2015.
  11. ^ bravewords.com. "WARFACE / MELDRUM Guitarist LAURA CHRISTINE Joins ZIMMER'S HOLE; New Audio Interview Streaming".
  12. ^ https://www.facebook.com/zimmersholeofficial/photos/a.204794183394313.1073741829.200381827168882/257731254767272/?type=3

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