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The Rocks Off 200: Marzi Montazeri, the Man Dimebag Darrell Called a Bad Motherfucker

The Rocks Off 200: Marzi Montazeri, the Man Dimebag Darrell Called a Bad Motherfucker
Photos courtesy of Marzi Montazeri

Who? Marzi Montazeri, who currently splits his time between his hometown of Houston and New Orleans, is something of an underground metal legend, and probably the most amazing guitar player that almost no one is talking about. He fronts his Southern-metal act Heavy Texas while here, and is also a key component to ex-Pantera singer Philip H. Anselmo's band the Illegals in NOLA. Between the two, he unleashes an incredible amount of guitar explosions that simply have to be seen to be believed.

"I've known Marzi since the late '80s," Anselmo said in a Houston Press interview earlier this year about War of the Gargantuas. "Really, it goes back to my early days in Pantera where Dimebag [Darrell Abbott] was always this incredible, insane guitar player with this extraterrestrial fuckin' talent. And he knew it! And he would let you know it: He was really critical of other guitar players a lot of the time, and he was correct a lot of the time.

"All of a sudden, we play Houston, and this guy Marzi comes up, and I think that he was the first guitar player that Dimebag stepped back and said, 'Whoa. This dude's a bad motherfucker,'" Anselmo continues. "For this particular project, I really needed an executor. Without a doubt, Marzi was the guy for the job. I wrote every goddamn note on the record, and he executed them to a 'T.'"

Montazeri's guitar journey for has been very unique in its own right. He's an organic player from the soul. He's never had any intention to do anything in his life but play music, and taught himself guitar all alone in isolation in Northwest Houston. For him the instrument has become a portal of spiritual expression that is free from the falsehoods of life. His metal is as sincere as it is triumphant.

Why Do You Stay In Houston? "My mother lives here and I do have the best damn friends a man can ask for," he says. "Honest, loyal, strong brothers and sisters I know and love."

Home Base: Montazeri is constantly writing. As long as he's not immersed in water or something his guitar is in his hands, channeling the sounds in his head. As far as venues go he got started and fell in love at Fitzgerald's, and remembers with some wry nostalgia hauling amps up the rickety old stairs.

These days he's more partial to Rudyard's because of the intimate atmosphere and the quality of the sound system. A gig where a sound check transitioned seamlessly into the actual set there is one of his favorite musical memories.

Music Scene Pet Peeve: "Rock stars."

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Good War Story: "Once opening for In Flames at Fitz's we had a tech literally have a mental breakdown and went against the band while we were onstage," opens Montazeri.

It started with my guitar solo in the set which he went and turned knobs on my amp (A deathly move) to pushing kids off the from of the stage crowd surfing with the back of a guitar that Snake from Skinlab had just given me for Christmas. Then it elevated to him actually breaking down our gear in the middle of the last song.

We survived the show and I held back a lot of folks trying to kill this fool, but he was committed the following week and is doing better it seems these days. If that were to happen again I doubt I would hold anyone back from hurting him.

He needed an ass whooping really to set him straight and I prevented [that], though he tried mainly to fuck me over.

The Rocks Off 200: Marzi Montazeri, the Man Dimebag Darrell Called a Bad Motherfucker

Five Desert Island Discs:

  • Van Halen, Van Halen
  • Black Sabbath, Sabotage
  • Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
  • Led Zeppelin, In Through the Out Door
  • The Beatles, The Beatles ("White Album")

Best Show You Ever Played: "On our first tour when we landed in Toronto everything was in place for a great show," says Montazeri. "The weather was beautiful and we had awesome fans waiting upon our arrival that were absolutely beautifully illegal. Top that with the loudest reception we had, and I enjoyed the guitar that evening in a special way."

First Song You Ever Fell In Love With: "Love Theme" from the 1968 film Romeo and Juliet.

Jef has a new story, a tale of headless strippers and The Rolling Stones, available now in Broken Mirrors, Fractured Minds. You can also connect with him on Facebook.

See the rest of the Rocks Off 200, and the Rocks Off 100's 2013 alumni, on the next page.

 

THE ROCKS OFF 200

John Salinas, the Beat Beast of Only Beast Homegrown Cowboy Crooner Charles Peters Adam Bricks, NYC Expat Metal Journeyman and Blasé Bassist Alan Hilton Kyra Noons, Houston's Reggae Sunsplash DJ AudiTory, the Maestro of LuvItMane The Nephilim Terror's Death-Metal Growler Danny Carroll Tommy Grindle, Guitarist of Square and Compass The Bailout Bureau's Mysterious "Bob Bovary" DJ Twinkle-Toes, Won a "Dick-Measuring Vinyl Orgy" With Two iPods Beanz N Kornbread, Gmail-Loving Production Duo You(genious), Party Crasher Turned Musical Auteur Daniel Alexander, Klein's Backyard MC

THE ROCKS OFF 100 2013 ALUMNI

Crystal Toliver, Source of That Yello Echo You Hear Mr. Castillo, Song-Sniping DJ DJ Big Reeks, The Chief Waxaholic Melane Gutierrez, The Coffin Queen Folk Descendent Kevin Taylor Kendrick Eloy Contreras, Deathrazor's Sharp Thrash Vocals Robert McCarthy, Guitarist From Beyond Justice Tirapelli-Jamail, The Manichean's "Quiet One" Charlie Horshack, LP4's Guitar Warrior Kathryn Hallberg, Little Girl Gone Tessa Kole, PuraPharm's Voice and Vice Richard Griesser, Vintage Camera Hound With Enviable Archive Downfall 2012, Sci-Fi Metal Storytellers Kevin Choate, Drum Like You're Screaming DJ Rockwell, Booth Pimp and Party-Rocker Ash Kay, the Freakouts' Punk Vocal Head-Butt Pat Kelly, The Godfather of the Suffers Michelle Miears of BLSHS, Siren In the Machine DJ Remix, Genre-Hopping Mix Maniac Kahna, Brutal Nation's Metal Booking Queen DJ Ill Set, Enemy of Wack Tracks Shane Tuttle, Updog Owner and Album-Cover Designer Electric Attitude, Renegades of Funk Sama'an Ashrawi, Trill Gladiator Recon Naissance, A Rap While Matt's Guitar Gently Weeps DJ Klinch Asks, "Can You Dig It?" Jose "Chapy" Luna, Percussionist Con Corazón Love Dominique, Wicked Heart R&B Chanteuse Chris Gerhardt, Mastermind of Giant Battle Monster The Jobe Wilson Band, the Boys From Chambers County Kimberly M'Carver, Missouri City's Nightingale DJ Panchitron, Stirring the Cumbia/Moombahton Melting Pot D.R.I's Kurt Brecht, Thrash Zone Supervisor Sloan Robley, The Last Houstonian Banshee Jack Saunders, Dealer of Grit & Jangle Richard Ramirez, Noise God and Black Leather Jesus Mike Meegz, Scoremore's Houston Lieutenant Jacqui Sutton, Houston's "Jazzgrass Lady" Robin Kirby, Silk and Sandpaper Songwriter Billy Dorsey, Grammy-Winning MARATHON Runner David DeLaGarza, Don of Tejano Stars La Mafia Jason Puffer, Your Psychedelic Sex Panther Tobin Harvell, Fitzgerald's Unflappable Floor Manager Walter Suhr, the Straw That Stirs Mango Punch! Tony Garza, La Orquesta Salmerum Founder OG Ron C, Chopstar King of the Purple Dome Football, etc., Giving Emo Back Its Good Name Angela Jae, Renaissance Artist Shellee Coley, Voice of the Northern Woods Blaggards, Houston's St. Paddy's Day House Band DJ Meshak, Hongree Records' Sound Selecter K-Rino, South Park Coalition's Southside Maven DJ Candlestick, One Niceguy and a Very Busy DJ Danielle Renee, Only Beast's Destroyer of Walls Felipe Galvan of Los Skarnales Kristine Mills, Houston's Brassiest Voice Brian Davis, Punk Drummer, Horror Composer Elroy Boogie, Top-Notch Turntablist Sean Ozz, Wizard of The Abyss Alyssa Rubich, Angel of Instability Alphonso "Fonz" Lovelace, Righteous Drummer Frank Zweback, Funkmaster General OG Bobby Trill, Bombon Beatmaker Beau Beasley, Organist for the End of Time Rapid Ric, Mixtape Mechanic Dwight Taylor Lee, the Wandering Bufalero Coline Creuzot, Soulful Pop/R&B Singer Cristina Acuna, Cactus Music's Twitter Fingers Clint Broussard, Blues In Hi-Fi Man Now Back On FM Nortnii Rose, Houston Ska's Greatest Hope Ramblin' Chase Hamblin, the Man Who Will Be Paid Chris Alonzo, Bringing Night Flight to Facebook

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