The following interview is with guitarist Marzi Montezari of the band "Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals". Here Marzi speaks about Darrell Abbott, meeting Phil Anselmo and some of his favorite guitarists.
What was the first band that you were in Marzi?
Marzi Montazeri > My first band was called Zephyr and it was formed in 8th grade.
Any bands that you particularly like? Whom do you like as far as guitar players go?
Marzi Montazeri > Well, I love all the bands that inspired me growing up 'til this day like Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd. As far as newer bands, Portal comes to mind. I like Hank III, and that goes only for the fact that he is one of the very few organic musicians left out there...
As far as guitar players go, I think Guthrie Govan is just amazing all around today, but I still love the organic players such as Eddie Van Halen, Roy Buchanon, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Billy Gibbons and Eric Johnson.
How did you meet Phil Anselmo?
Marzi Montazeri > I met Phil through Dime in the mid-eighties and we have sustained a powerful friendship through out our difficult lives since.
What are you doing when not playing guitar or in-session?
Marzi Montazeri > Well, I play other instruments if I'm not just playing my guitar, like a MultiOud I recently got from Godin. It's a challenging string instrument with 11 strings. Fretless too... I love it. I have a lot to learn on it. That takes up much of my time, and the rest I spend doing things like this. We have been very busy with the new release and the upcoming tour and its preparation. If there's any free time after that, I just rest up and reflect, man.
Did you attend Phil Anselmo's Horror Film Festival? Are you a fan of horror films?
Marzi Montazeri > It would be hard to attend the Horror fest since it's in October. I'd have let ya know after that. I am a fan, yes, but nothing like Philip. He is a true fan of it, he studies it.
Any rememberances of Darrell Abbott to share with us?
Marzi Montazeri > Dime was the most solid guitarist that I had ever known or seen, especially in heavy metal. He was and always will be the best heavy metal guitarist to ever walk the earth in my book. Dime was a funny motherfucker too, always had something up his sleeve.
Tell us about Phil Anselmo and The Illegals - how did the project come about?
Marzi Montazeri > It began with Philip at first wanting to do something different than he had done before, and it elevated to be what it is today through a three-year time period filled with trials and arrangements made at the final moments of a very hectic schedule cycle. One by one the members were in and fit perfectly. A few jabs with demos, then the knock-out punch with the all songs at once came through the recording at the Lair.