“MONTAZERI drives the song with distorted riffs and intricate soloing, while OWENS employs his trademark glass-shattering screams to great effect.” — Decibel
The Uprising is the forthcoming debut EP from Heavy As Texas guitarist MARZI MONTAZERI featuring TIM “RIPPER” OWENS on vocals. The record is set for release on June 23rd via MONTAZERI’s recently-launched Crunchy Western Records.
As a precursor to its release, Decibel Magazine is streaming second track, “A Monster Within” at THIS LOCATION.
“It’s about the strength that lies within and the power to always push forward,” says MONTAZERI of the track, “to follow the beat of the drum which you hear in your heart no matter how close or how far and not being a follower! It’s about believing in yourself in the midst of all the shit around you!”
MARZI MONTAZERI Featuring TIM “RIPPER” OWENS’ The Uprising will be released on June 23rd on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.
Known for his groundbreaking musicianship and energetic showmanship, MARZI MONTAZERI is a guitarist, producer, and songwriter from Houston, Texas. In the mid ‘90s, MONTAZERI joined Superjoint Ritual and in 2010 rejoined forces with Philip H. Anselmo to work on Anselmo’s first solo project, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals. The Illegals would go on to release the War Of The Gargantuas EP, followed by the Walk Through Exits Only LP, which debuted at the #34 on Billboard Top 100 chart, and finally the Scion A/V issued Housecore Horror Film Festival EP. MONTAZERI’s collaborations as a guest artist include Prong, Doug Pinnick (Razr 13), Defiatory, and the Judas Priest tribute record Hell Bent Forever, also featuring TIM “RIPPER” OWENS.
OWENS is a Grammy-nominated American hard rock singer who first gained attention as the vocalist for Judas Priest (1996-2003) followed by stints with Iced Earth and Yngwie Malmsteen. OWENS currently tours the world as a solo artist and performs as the lead singer of Charred Walls Of The Damned alongside drummer Richard Christy (The Howard Stern Show, Death, Control Denied, Burning Inside et al). OWENS has also started a supergroup called Project Rock with James Kottak (Scorpions), Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper, Slash’s Snakepit, John Waite), Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio), and Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis (Guns N’ Roses, Carol King). Additionally, the movie Rockstar (Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston) was loosely based on OWENS’ time in Judas Priest.
“A while ago I was asked to play a couple of solos on the Judas Priest tribute album Hell Bent Forever and the track was, ‘Exciter,’” recalls MARZI of first meeting OWENS. “When I arrived, TIM was walking out of the vocal booth for the evening. I was blown away by his performance and personality. He’s a super cool and funny dude. So when it came to this EP where I knew I wanted a powerful metal vocalist, I just made a call to him and here we are with some original music.”
Together, this extraordinary pair offer up the fiery sounds of The Uprising. The Uprising was recorded at Matherne Studios by Kevin Matherne in Houston, Texas, and mixed and mastered at CMC21 Productions by Chris Collier in Los Angeles, California.
“This is a record for the everyman, the guy who just wants to go out slam some beers and appreciate top notch guitar work.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews
“The solos are just plain out of this world… Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens hasn’t lost it a bit. Again he uses every bit of his range from top to bottom. There is not ONE single bad second on this album. None. Period… This is straight ahead heavy metal and of the highest quality; in fact, a quality that should be returned to by all of these math metal maniacs; a great mix of fast and slow parts, break-downs and crazy solos.” – Noise Beneath The Snow