Zimmers Hole - _Legion of Flames_
by: Pedro Azevedo (
A side project with a strong Strapping Young Lad presence (both the guitarist and the bass player are from SYL), Zimmershole is essentially a group of musicians intent on having fun with their music rather than focusing on anything else. They clearly state that you may hear riffs that will sound familiar, as some of the record seems to be a hybrid of originals and covers -- you'll hear a bit of Metallica's "Master of Puppets" midway through a song, for instance. Zimmershole make it clear that _Legion of Flames_ is about paying tribute to their old metal heroes, and in the process creating an unpretentious album that others with similar taste might enjoy. There's quite a bit of a SYL influence in the rather potent sound, but the style itself changes from track to track, depending on which band Zimmershole are harvesting influence from. This results in some good, rocking tracks and some exceedingly annoying ones ("Anaconda", for instance). Despite being a "fun" band, the production and quality of playing is very professional. Basically, the bigger a fan you are of old heavy metal and hard rock -- Judas Priest, Metallica, etc., etc. --, the more likely you will be to headbang along with Zimmershole. Those who do not have much interest in those eras of heavy metal or may not be into the self-indulgent party atmosphere that pervades the disc need not bother with this one.
(article published 7/3/2002)
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