Formed out of the infamous Exhorder, the legendary guitarist Marzi Montazeri and vocalist Kyle Thomas, have formed a whole new metal project Heavy As Texas. Their self-titled release is due out April 19 via Crunchy Western Records. The album is available for preorder via Itunes and the band’s website.
For the recording, Montazeri and Thomas brought on drummer Anup Sastry (Marty Friedman, Jeff Loomis, Skyharbor) and notable engineer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Collier (Korn, Prong, Winds of Plague) on bass. Making a home in Houston, Texas; Lenwood Sonnier on bass and James Goetz on drums were added on as full-time members. This record was produced by Montazeri with mixing and mastering done by Collier.
Marzi Montazeri had this to say about the project, “I started this project simply because I wanted to perform new music but wasn’t able to sing and play complex rhythms at the same time. So I thought, I’ll stick to my strengths – the guitar and writing songs! I brought in a vocalist that would fit it perfectly – the one and only Kyle Thomas! As soon as Kyle joined everything musically fell into place.”
To give us a taste of the album, Heavy As Texas have released a music video for the track “To Keep a Promise” with Director Mark Borchardt via Guitar World. After the album drops, Heavy As Texas will begin working on their next album, going on tour to support both releases. Montazeri adds, “I want to play our music for everyone all over this planet. We have stayed true to our art through complete artistic integrity and we display that live, so it is our duty to get it out to the people and celebrate our own brand of music!”