(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Editor, RiffRelevant.com)
The Uprising is the new project of the Texas-based artist Marzi Montazeri, best known for his work in acts like Heavy As Texas, Superjoint and Phillip Anselmo & The Illegals.
Marzi is far from alone in this undertaking, as he’s recruited the metallic banshee Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Charred Walls Of The Damned, etc.) to bring this full-on sonic onslaught to searing life.
‘The Uprising’ was just unleashed through Montazeri‘s recently launched Crunchy Western Records on June 23rd. “Unleashed” is the appropriate word, too. This is a metallic monster of enormous musicality.
From the razor-edged riffs that slice and shred from start to finish, to the thundering drums detonating all about, this is the very essence of Metal. The cemented-in rhythmic foundation present beneath those riveting riffs and damage worthy drums is an ever-present rumble as well. It keeps things anchored in place, while varied tempos and time signatures are navigated with near perfection.
Without a doubt one of the undeniable highlights of the EP is the presence of one of my own favorite metal scream machines, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens. Ripper applies and does the very thing that only he can in his own inimitable way… sings!
With powerhouse vocals that negotiate the dizzying higher end of the vocal spectrum, Tim delivers on cuts like ‘Monster Within‘ and ‘Who Is Alive‘. Each track also falls on opposing ends of the spectrum, as the former is a blistering assault of southern-infused guitars and chugging drums. Ripper lays down a truly solid performance chock full of range here, while showing aspects of his lighter attributes on the latter track, as well.
Meanwhile, ‘The Uprising‘ is an anthemic call to arms, a no-holds-barred thrasher where everyone throws their aural weight around without restraint. Blistering riffs fuel a fist-pumping urge as Ripper announces the arrival of the revolution, one that will be hell-devised and heavy-handed.
‘Without Warning‘ unfurls another melodically tinged, emotion-laden composition that is currently my favorite track. It hits all over the place as alternating tempos roll out myriad levels of energy, all the while Marzi explores some intriguing effects and styling.
To be honest, the entire EP is an amazing vehicle for enjoying the astounding talents of Marzi Montazeri. It establishes the wide field that his playing fully encompasses, the ample creativity that he wields so masterfully. Enthralling and utter bliss to the ears of metal fans, Marzi leaves no doubt about his guitar god-in-the-making status.