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   STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND - ZIMMER'S HOLE
Val ©Nico Wobben 013 - Tilburg (NL)
March 24th 2003

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The title of the tour "All In The Family" says it all: this package is all SYL-related Hevy Devy music. Genius Devin Townsend brought the band for his solo-stuff along and Jed Simon and Byron Strout opened with Zimmer's Hole.

Now ZIMMER'S HOLE is not just another metalband. Their show and lyrics are so hilarious, but musically it's real tight. You could call it a parody but that doesn't really do them justice. Singer Chris 'Val' Valagao was a little devil again, skin all red, only wearing some kind of butcher's apron and of course his big red plastic schlong. He talks about Heavy Metal Cheese (throwing cheese in the audience), fucks a skeleton stating it's your "White Trash Momma", puts a couple of chickens on as handgloves and starts gabbling as one, praises a few guys in the crowd with mullets, sings about "1000 Miles Of Cock", "Buttbarf", anacondas in "Re-Anaconda" and "The Death Of The Resurrection Of The Death Of Metal". He pissed out beer for the front rows, asking the people in the back if they didn't feel foolish now for not being in the front and getting beer for free. At the end of the show he thanked the crowd for sucking his dick and convinced us that there were no chickens harmed during the performance. Weird? Nah.. just Zimmer's hole:)

Devin Townsend ©Nico Wobben I guess I can say that the DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND isn't just another metalband either. Devin's solo songs are much more atmospheric and psychedelic even, dragging on slow and sweet and with some outbursts where IMO Devin shows his best side vocally. They played songs like "Seventh Wave", "Storm", "Earth Day", "Life" and "Deep Peace". At the end Devin asked whether there was "a devil in the house?" and Zimmershole singer Val came back on stage to do "Bad Devil" together.

Of course all this means the headliner is most certainly not just another metalband. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD is more like a freighttrain that knocks you down before you even know what hit you and leaves you in awe for the rest of the show. In a few clear moments you might be able to headbang a bit (like I managed at some of my favorite songs like "Devour") but most of the time you'll be amazed about the energy, the power, the tightness, Jed Simon (SYL) ©Nico Wobben the noise, Jed and Byron's poses, Devin's shouts and maybe even most of all Gene's drumming. Devin's awesome but Gene's just beyond belief!!! When a bunch of fans with "Gene" t-shirts were chanting for a solo, he pointed at the huge SYL backdrop behind him, stating he's 'just' a part of the band. That band played songs like "Dire", "Oh My Fucking God", "Consequence", "Rape Song", "Devoir", "Relentless", "Aftermath", "Detox", and "All Hail The New Flesh". Unfortunately there was no "Bring On The Young" but I was happy anyway!

submitted by Marlies 17.05.2003

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