While metal lifers will surely get at least a sly grin out of the Motley Crue vs. Venom allegiance suggested by this albums title, they'll probably get to some serious horn throwing as the tracks contained here unfold. Made up by alumni of Strapping Young Lad, Zimmers Hole's latest effort is at once over the top ridiculous and yet skilled and honest enough to also serve as a homage to metals ridiculous 80's zenith.
A little power metal here, a lot of thrash and British new wave metal there and you get an effort peppered with tongue-in-cheek performances that sport lyrics like 'glam rock can suck my cock'. Sure a lot of the time it's like Dayglo Abortions learned to actually play their instruments and became metal theologians. But in a world where seriousness makes up the majority, it's refreshing to kick loose every now and then. Plus the fact that the grooves and riffs offered here are like a pitcher of ice cold beer in comparison to whatever fruity drink Dragonforce guzzles down definitely gives this record an edge.
Strapping Young Lad fans will of course find safe haven in most of these songs but much like anything involving comedy, it can wear thin pretty quickly. That said, it's still a ballsy album that can serve as not only a drunken history lesson, but a potential cult classic for those Wayne's World hesher types who are more Tiamat than Tia Carrere. If Dethklok can sell a 100,000 albums, then this beefy slab of metal reverence should at least sell 10,000.
(3 / 5)