Let’s start this review right off by saying something I have only said once this year but I am about to say it again. The Uprising by Marzi Montazeri Featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens will be in my top five reviewed albums of the year, period. If you want to see what other album I said that about you will have to go check out my previous reviews to find out. I guess at this point I could just drop the mic because do you really need more to convince you that you should buy this album, do you? If you do, hold on cause here we go.
Marzi Montazeri may not be a household name to most metal fans and I must admit that I wasn’t sure I knew who he was till I saw what projects he has been involved in. In the 90’s Marzi joined Superjoint Ritual, with longtime friend Phil Anselmo. He then went on to record his own demo album in 2001. Then in 2010 he rejoined Phil Anselmo to help him on his first solo album since Pantera. That brings us to 2017 and he has teamed up with Tim “Ripper” Owens. If you don’t know who Tim “Ripper” Owens is then I am sorry and you should definitely go find out…like right now.
So, let’s dive into The Uprising now. “11” is the first track on the album. “11” is a very instrumental that sounds like it could be right off a Hollywood horror movie soundtrack. The album then breaks right into drums and screaming guitar with the next track “Monster Within.” This track is heavy but has some blues infused into the guitar solo. The next track on the album is “The Uprising.” This track has a sound similar to the Judas Priest Painkiller era songs. “Ripper” chants “Rise up” during the song and Marzi’s guitar solo is very reminiscent of an Eddie Van Halen Guitar solo. The next track on the album is “Without Warning.” This song has an interesting feel to it. Parts of this song have an alternative sound, like it could be a Soundgarden or Alice in Chains song, while other parts are pure metal. It is an interesting mix that really works. This song has some of the best lyrics on the album:
Sustain your life
To survive the Night
Don’t close your eyes
Or you will die”
Do I really have to tell anyone that they need to not only buy this album but also buy it right now? No, I shouldn’t have to but I will anyway. If you don’t you will be missing out on one of my top five albums I reviewed this year. Marzi’s guitar work is amazing and Ripper’s vocals are as expected, flawless. I do feel that I must warn you when you buy The Uprising to be careful. You will find yourself cranking up the volume higher and higher as you listen and I am not responsible for blown out speakers or eardrums.
The Uprising by Marzi Montazeri featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens is available now via Crunchy Western Records.