With groundbreaking musicianship and energetic showmanship, Marzi Montazeri (aka “The High Priest of Distortion”), is a guitarist and producer from Houston, Texas. Marzi has consistently been an exciting draw for fans throughout the years, bringing varying styles to his music. Along the way, he has redefined electric guitar technique while changing the sound, structure, and style of the instrument itself.
In the 1990’s, Marzi joined Superjoint Ritual and is featured on the last two tracks of the first album. By March of 2010, Marzi rejoined forces with Philip Anselmo to work on what would be Anselmo’s first solo project since the end of Pantera. In his time with Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals, Marzi recorded two EP’s, “War Of The Gargantuas”, and “Housecore Horror”. Following up with a full length album, “Walk Through Exits Only” reached #34 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. In 2015, Marzi went back out on his own and created Crunchy Western Records.
He consequently released a 6 track EP called the “The Uprising” featuring Tim ”Ripper” Owens in 2017. This effort was followed by a full length release by Heavy As Texas in April of 2019, featuring Kyle Thomas on vocals. Kyle then invited Marzi to join the newly reformed Exhorder. Marzi joined Exhorder in November 2017, and is featured on the September 2019 release of the band’s long awaited third release, “Mourn The Southern Skies”.
Both Heavy As Texas and Exhorder will be touring throughout 2020, and then Montazeri will get back in the studio for the Heavy As Texas sophomore attempt!
Solar Guitars and Marzi Montazeri are working together on a signature guitar , to be released sometimes during Q2 2020.