Earlier this week, the folks over in charge of Tech-Fest 2013 made their first line-up announcement – and they weren’t messing about. 25 bands, including all three major headline acts, were all covered in the first batch of names. That’s the kind of festival announcement we can get behind, and the kind that we’re making the subject of this week’s Sunday Spotify Slaylist.
Chimp Spanner began as a one man multi-instrumental progressive metal entity, with the independent release of Imperium Vorago in 2004. Since then Chimp (aka Paul Antonio Ortiz) has come to be an integral player in the international online prog/tech djent scene, having joined the ranks of the boundary pushing Basick Records label to release a further two records.
Performed, recorded, produced and mixed entirely by Paul, At The Dream's Edge (2010) encompasses many styles of progressive rock and metal Read more on Last.fm
Chimp Spanner on Thrash Hits
March 19th, 2013
It’s time for another Thrash Hits festival splash page – and this time it’s for Hammerfest. All of our Hammerfest 2013 coverage from the weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need. Yep. That means individual band coverage (photos, setlists and maybe even some reviews), all the dodgy rumours and awful gossip our man David Keevill overhears, and every single photo of Wales-based debauchery that Gary Wolstenholme and Jenn McCambridge snap will be here.
March 15th, 2013
Swanny from Monuments talks Djent, conspiracy theories, and the rejection of bourgeois concepts regarding spiritual and social fulfilment.
October 29th, 2012
While we get a lot of funny things sent to us in the mail, we get a Hell of a lot stranger things sent to us by email. This column by Adam ‘Swanny’ Swan, bassist of Brit-djentsters, Monuments, on the disaffection of British music youth in the face of mass media music and tired, predictable 4/4 beats, is definitely one of the latter. That’s him second from the left up above. Yeah, him with the dreadlocks. The boy’s certainly got a lot on his mind….
February 15th, 2012
British indy label Basick Records put on their own night in London, featuring instrumental tech metal(/cheese) one-piece Chimp Spanner (yes, he did bring a backing band), excellent French atmospheric tech metallers Uneven Structure and French mentalist The Algorithm. We went along to bang our heads in 17/8 time signature.
Six things we learned from when Basick Records brought their bands to London
September 19th, 2011
Uh oh. A band with a massive online following got a new vocalist. It’s ok though because we love TesseracT and love conquers all. Right? Maybe. Ooh err… Either way, we popped down to the opening night of the Lowering The Tone tour in London to tap our feet in 7/8. It’s really difficult.
March 1st, 2011
We’re big fans of UK prog metallers, TesseracT. One night, we were out with their guitarist, James Monteith, dousing our insides with whiskey and we thought he had as much crap to say as we do so we asked him if he’d write a column. After we reminded him the next morning afternoon, he agreed again. Here it is. He’s kicking off with explanations, complaints and shit jokes. Class.
Hello, I’m James and I play guitar in prog metal – or as we’re more commonly called – “djent” band Tesseract.
First off, let’s get the djent thing out of the way, which I guess I must address, given the column name. There’s a lot of division in our community of bands and critics about this word, whether it’s: truely representative of the overall sound; a gimmick, or just plain stupid.
September 20th, 2010
There are some really cool record labels around so we thought we’d start talking about and talking to a few of them. Seeing as Basick Records are celebrating their 5th birthday this weekend with a free gig in Luton, we decided to talk to label boss and general awesome guy, Nathan “Barley” Phillips. In return, he sent us a naked photo of himself…
April 19th, 2010
At The Dream’s Edge
12 April 2010
by Andy Parker
Chimp Spanner isn’t a band – it’s a single man, very much in the Nine Inch Nails = Trent Reznor kind of way. The man in question is one Paul Antonio Ortiz: playing every part on the album, recording every note, applying the polish and recently forming a live band (featuring members of Fellsilent) to tour the record, Chimp Spanner is very much a one-stop shop when it comes to technical virtuoso instrumentalism.