The Texas metal master reveals how a lonely childhood led him into the realms of shred guitar
Marzi Montazeri has been a looming presence on the Houston, Texas music scene since the 1980s. His work with former Pantera singer Phil Anselmo in Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals and Superjoint Ritual has rattled cages throughout metaldom. A shared love of shredmasters like Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads was the musical glue that has driven his alliance with Anselmo.
Montazeri reveals that growing up in Texas as an immigrant from Iran was an isolating experience leading him to the solace that music provided. Blues rockers like Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck exerted a powerful influence as he developed his skills.
Today Montazeri works in a variety of projects. In our exclusive interview he also talks about his connection with the Washburn Parralaxe electric guitar and Randall Thrasher head—a combination he uses to generate the slabs of high gain destruction that are the cornerstone of his sound.
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