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Zimmers Hole

Formed: 1991
From: Vancouver, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Zimmers Hole News

Below is our complete Zimmers Hole news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

West Of Hell Reveals "Spiral Empire" Details

Vancouver, BC’s West of Hell is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of the full-length debut album, "Spiral Empire." The new album will be released with Reversed Records on May 8th, 2012. The following press release was issued:

"Spiral Empire features a unique sound that preserves the band’s legendary, distinctive influences whilst incorporating modern elements, creating a one-of-a-kind listening experience. Spiral Empire was recorded at The Factory Studios in Vancouver and is produced by Juno Award winning engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, Fear Factory).

"West of Hell was formed in West Auckland, New Zealand by guitarist Ivan Vrdoljak and drummer Andrew Hulme in 2002. Shortly after founding, friends of the pair finally directed them to guitarist Sean Parkinson (ex-Sinate). Parkinson established an instant chemistry with Vrdoljak and Hulme, driving the trio to immediately begin working, writing songs, and forging their trademark sound. Then, after two years of painstaking searches and monitoring the grapevine, the band was led to bassist Jordan Kemp.

"With the instrumental portion of the band locked down, all that was left to be discovered was the perfect frontman. Having searched without success for perfect vocalist locally, the band decided to continue the hunt in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and uprooted to the area in 2009. In order to share their vision and establish West of Hell in a larger scene, they needed a singer that was more than just a screamer, which drastically narrowed the possibilities. The band played a series of shows as a four-piece instrumental, drawing critical acclaim, and ultimately attracted the attention of the local metal community. The exposure led them to Zimmers Hole frontman Chris 'The Heathen' Valagao. It was apparent to the founding members that Valagaos’s diverse skills were exactly what West of Hell needed to realize the band’s ultimate vision. More...

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"Monsters Of Metal - Vol. 8" Release Pushed Back

The release date for the upcoming compilation “Monsters of Metal - Vol. 8” on DVD/Blu-Ray with 90 music videos and over 400 minutes of pure metal is postponed until March 16th, 2012.

The compilation includes two DVDs and one Blu-ray with clips from bands like Nightwish, Edguy, Dimmu Borgir, Amorphis, Hammerfall, Accept, Blind Guardian, Avantasia, Deathstars, Monster Magnet, Leaves' Eyes, Tristania, Nevermore, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Opeth and more.

The track list is as follows:

DVD1
01 Nightwish - Storytime
02 Deathstars - Metal
03 Pain - The Great Pretender
04 Amorphis - You I Need
05 Opeth - The Devils Orchard
06 Lacuna Coil - Within Me
07 Therion - Kali Yuga Part 3: Autumn Of The Aeons
08 Leaves Eyes - Take The Devil In Me
09 Tristania - Year Of The Rat
10 Draconian - The Last Hour Of Ancient Sunlight
11 Saltatio Mortis - Hochzeitstanz
12 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Dr. Pest
13 Monster Magnet - Gods & Punks
14 Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
15 Seventh Void - Heaven Is Gone
16 Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
17 Dream Theater - On The Backs Of Angels
18 Gotthard - Remember Its Me
19 Edguy - Robin Hood
20 Blind Guardian A Voice In The Dark
21 Accept - Pandemic
22 Sabaton - Screaming Eagles
23 Hammerfall - One More Time
24 Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
25 Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
26 Powerwolf - We Drink Your Blood
27 Grave Digger - Rebellion Live@Wacken
28 Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
29 Tarot - Wings OfDarkness
30 Bullet - Stay Wild
31 Steelwing - The Illusion
32 Enforcer - Midnight Vice
33 Skullfist - Head Of The Pack
34 White Wizzard - Over The Top
35 Cauldron - Chained Up In Chains
36 Huntress - Eight Of Swords
37 Battle Beast - Into The Metalworld
38 Armored Saint - Left Hook From Right Field
39 Nevermore - Born
40 Alestorm - Shipwrecked
41 Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
42 Heidevolk - Nehalennia
43 Trollfest - Die VerdammteHungersnot
44. Milking The Goatmachine -The Wolf Is Dead More...

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Memorain Reveals New Album Details Online

Thrashers MEMORAIN, whose current line-up of the band includes main-man Ilias Papadakis, Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, ex-Dark Angel, ex-Strapping Young Lad, etc), Steve Digiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death, ex-Testament, etc), Ralph Santolla (Obituary, ex-Deicide, ex-Iced Earth, etc) and Chris Valagao (Zimmers Hole, Mechanism, etc), has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their upcoming full-length album, "Evolution," scheduled for a 2011 release, which is as follows:

01. Nations On Fire
02 Where Hate Lies
03. The Break
04. Rules Of Engagement
05. Destiny Found
06. A New Era
07. Methods Of The Past
08. Death Shop
09. Circle
10. Power Out
11. Scratching The Surface
12. Misery

Also to be featured on MEMORAIN's latest album are a few more star-studded guest musicians such as David Ellefson, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Jeff Waters, Christian Wentz, Marc Pattison, Laura Christine and Carlos E. Perez.

David Ellefson recorded 2 songs "A New Era" and "Rules Of Engagement", as well as co-wrote "Rules Of Engagement" with MEMORAIN guitar-player Ilias Papadakis and Tim "Ripper" Owens. On top of that, Tim "Ripper" Owens recorded vocals on "Rules Of Engagement" and Laura Christine also contributed a solo on the song "Destiny Found". More...

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Former Zimmers Hole Guitarist Passes Away

Zimmers Hole guitarist Jed Simon has posted the following blog on the band's MySpace page regarding the death of former guitarist Chris Stanley:

"Friends,

"I don't know where or how to start...other than to say we are all deeply saddened at the loss of one of our own, Chris Stanley.

"Chris is a Zimmers Hole alumni, he played guitar for us during the 'Legion Of Flames' era, and more zany moments occurred when he was around than I care to try and remember.

"He has had a long battle with the many complications, and the day-to-day life battles with Cystic Fibrosis, Pneumonia (many times), a double lung transplant and the myriad of issues that arise with that. He has battled back so many times, and it just crushes our hearts that he couldn't pull through this time.

"Here are some words from me...I know the other guys will agree with me on all this stuff. They may want to write their own thoughts in the coming days.

"With unbelievable sadness, we've lost another soldier.

"Chris Stanley, fuck...as I type this it all seems too unreal to me, but I know better. It's going to hurt even more, soon.

"Chris has been a friend to me for over 20 years. He's been a friend, a mentor, and a peer. He was one talented motherfucker, that's for sure. Add to that, funny--that guy could get a crowd onto a frenzy of laughter...a certain moment from the Dynamo festival and Chris acting a little too retarded comes to mind.
Add to that, whipcrackin' smart...he KNEW shit.

"What he has left is a legacy of music, laughter, artwork and special effects, movie props, funny pictures, not funny pictures, nuns running scared everywhere, and more stuff than I could ever get into here. But it's all in my head, and it will all never be forgotten. I MISS YOU SO MUCH ALREADY CHRIS.

"To Scarlet, his wife, and to all of his family, my condolences...I know how much he meant to me, I can't begin to imagine how much he meant to you. All my love.

"My trusty old Gibson flying V has your flames on it...they will always be there bro...and every time I look at that guitar (as I am right now), or pick it up and hammer the fuck out of it, you are with me Chris.

"With Horns Higher than I've ever Held them, I love ya man. We all fuckin love ya man. Wherever you go from here brother, I know that you will raise the bar, and a few eyebrows...heavenly or otherwise."

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Zimmers Hole Launchs Old Man's Child Cover Song

ZIMMERS HOLE has secured a slot on the 20th anniversary compilation of Century Media Records, entitled "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes", which is available throughout Europe now. It contains 32 mostly exclusive recordings where Century Media artists cover songs from other acts within the label's repertoire and the result is a fascinating journey through the label's impressive musical spectrum.

Until the end of the year, Century Media will share some of these tracks on their MySpace page in weekly turns and you can now check out the ZIMMERS HOLE version of "Doommaker," a song by Norwegian black metal outfit OLD MAN'S CHILD, which was originally released on the "The Pagan Prosperity" album in 1997.

Furthermore, ZIMMERS HOLE will hit the UK as direct support of Swedish metallers Soilwork. This extensive tour kicks off in early November and is the band's first European run for their current album "When You Were Shouting At The Devil…We Were In League With Satan."

Here are the tour dates with Soilwork, Zimmers Hole and One-Way Mirror: More...

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Century Media Celebrates 20th Anniversary

2008 has become an extremely exciting year in the history of Century Media Records, one of the world's most respected independent homes for heavy music, as the label is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

The company's Anniversary year started off with an extremely successful, first-ever yard sale/party at the Century Media office in Dortmund (Germany) in June, where several hundred guests partied out on exclusive live shows by Angel Dust and Turisas. A video with impressions from the event can be seen at this location. A photo gallery for this event can be viewed here.

To further celebrate this anniversary Century Media Records will release the very special 2CD compilation "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" on September 15th in Europe and on October 14th in North America. The various artists covers-release includes 32 mostly exclusive recordings and will be available in stores for the price of one CD. Sticking to the "keep it in the family" slogan, CM approached their artists about covering songs from other acts within the label's repertoire and the response from the musicians was overwhelming.

Some choices were obvious and homages to the bands that influenced them, others were inspired picks. This combination ended up leading to a heavily entertaining and truly special final result across all sub-genres of heavy music.

Here is the tracklisting: More...

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Soilwork Announces Winter Tour

Soilwork have lined up a series of tour dates in Europe set to begin at the start of November. Joining them will be Zimmers Hole and One-Way Mirror.

The tour dates are as follows:

November
6 - Hamburg, Germany - Grünspan
7 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
8 - Dordrecht, Netherlands - Blebelot
10 - Manchester, England - Club Academy
11 - Bristol, England - Thekla
12 - Oxford, England - Zodiac
13 - Newport, England - TJ´s
14 - Exeter, England - Lemongrove
15 - Birmingham, England - Academy 2
16 - Glasgow, Scotland - Cathouse
18 - Nottingham, England - Basement
19 - Norwich, England - Waterfront
20 - London, England - Islington Academy
21 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
22 - Paris, France - Le Trabendo
23 - Strassbourg, France - La Laiterie
25 - Bilbao, Spain - Café Anzokia
26 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Live
27 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzamataz 2
28 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
29 - Basel, Switzerland - Z7
30 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz

December
2 - Wien, Austria - Szene
3 - Budapest, Hungary - A 38
4 - Prag, Czech Republic - Futurum
5 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
6 - München, Germany - Backstage
7 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Substage
8 - Köln, Germany - Underground
10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
11 - Göteborg, Sweden - Brewhouse
12 - Malmö, Sweden - KB

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Monsters of Rock

Nearly 20,000 hard rock and metal fans braved the heat on Saturday to show their support for the one-off, one-day Monsters of Rock in Calgary, AB. While the line to get into McMahon Stadium stretched over a football field in length as ticket holders went through to the necessary ticket scans and bag checks, Zimmers Hole grabbed the stage by the bull horns and audibly spurred concert goers as they trickled in. Zimmers Hole, fronted by Chris Valagao (who later signed autographs wearing nothing but red body paint and a butt flap), gave a short, but high energy sampling of funny, thrashy goodness. And it was super cool of Ozzy to have a Canadian band kick start the festivities. More...

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Century Media Spring 2008 Sampler For Download

The Spring 2008 Century Media digital sampler is now available for DRM-free download here (requires free account/login). Included in the mix are artists such as Warrel Dane (Nevermore), Arch Enemy, Zimmers Hole, Suicide Silence, Terror, Stick To Your Guns, and many more.

Here is the complete tracklisting:

1. Suicide Silence - Green Monster (live from Paris)
2. Into Eternity - Time Immemorial
3. Warrel Dane - Messenger
4. Firewind - Mercenary Man
5. Zimmers Hole - When You Were Shouting At The Devil
6. Terror - Relentless Through and Through
7. Heaven Shall Burn - Endzeit
8. Embrace the End - Denim on Denim Hate Crime
9. Venomous Concept - Water Cooler
10. Despised Icon - A Fractured Hand
11. Stick To Your Guns - We're the Heart from the Heartless
12. Sworn Enemy - A Place Of Solace
13. Turisas - To Holmgard and Beyound
14. Warbringer - Combat Shock
15. In this Moment - Circles
16. Himsa - Unleasch Carnage
17. Arsonists Get All The Girls - Claiming Middle Age A Decade Early
18. Arch Enemy - Revolution Begins
19. Divine Heresy - Bleed The Fifth
20. Winds of Plague - The Impaler

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More Details On Ozzy's Monsters Of Rock Festival

With 3 Inches of Blood just confirmed for Ozzy's Monsters Of Rock concert that is to take place July 26th we will be at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Shadows Fall has now confirmed their participation. The planned lineup currently includes the following bands:

Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest
Serj Tankian
Hatebreed
Shadows Fall
Cavalera Conspiracy
Voivod
Testament
3 Inches of Blood
Priestess
Zimmers Hole
Dillinger Escape Plan

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Zimmers Hole Post New Album European Release Dates

ZIMMERS HOLE - featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD members Byron Stroud (bass), Jed Simon (guitars) and Gene Hoglan (drums) - are gearing up for the release of their new album When You Were Shouting At The Devil...We Were In League With Satan. The following European release dates have now been confirmed:

March
14 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, BeNeLux, Italy
17 - UK, France, Norway, rest of Europe
18 - Spain, Portugal
19 - Sweden, Finland, Hungary

The album will be issued via Century Media Records in North America on March 11th. More...

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Sigh and Zimmers Hole Announce More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for the tour later this year featuring SIGH, ZIMMERS HOLE, and UNEXPECT:

September 6 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
September 7 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
September 8 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
September 9 - Tempe, CA @ The Clubhouse
September 10 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
September 11 - Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
September 12 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
September 13 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
September 14 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
September 15 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 16 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 17 - Montreal, QC @ FouFounes
September 18 - Sudbury, ON @ Jubilee Centre
September 19 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
September 20 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 21 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
September 22 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4

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Sigh and Zimmers Hole Release More Tour Dates

Japan’s SIGH will embark on a North American tour later this year with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. The first dates to be released include:

September 11 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
September 16 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Sigh and Zimmers Hole To Team Up For Tour?

It appears that Japan’s SIGH will embark on a North American tour late next year with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. The first date to be released is as follows:

September 16 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Gene Hoglan Joins Zimmers Hole

ZIMMERS HOLE guitarist Jed Simon (also of TENET and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) has issued the following update:

"In August, our drummer Steve [Wheeler] decided that it would be better if he stepped aside. With a successful business to run and lots of other commitments, he thought it would be best for us to use someone else. So that delayed us for some time... and we needed to recover from losing a brother. There was no anger, no fighting. We understand, he's our bro. Always will be. 15 years he had been with us, so we had to give serious thought about who to call."

"Gene [Hoglan, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEATH, DARK ANGEL, TESTAMENT] has loved the HOLE for years, and has been one of our biggest and most outspoken fans. Gene is our bro, and has been a bro for just about as long as Steve, so we called. He said, 'I'll be in Vancouver in a week'... We said, 'Cool'. Gene hit the Armoury Studios in Vancouver and layed down some mighty, mighty stuff. He dropped in a ton o' heavy metal flair, and he did with style." More...

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