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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

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Label Profile 010: Heavy Wax

February 18th, 2015

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Yes, this is a MASSIVE fudge. Heavy Wax aren’t a label. They’re a shop. They’re not even a real physical shop. Heavy Wax is an online vinyl-only music shop founded last year, run by Nathan “Barley” “also-runs-Basick-Records” Phillips. We figured it was a good idea to grill the brains of the Basick Bossman as to why he’s gotten into the physical end of the musical business chain, and we’ll be damned if we can’t ham-fistedly fudge this into our ongoing Label Profile series because of it.

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Sunday Slaylist: Tech-Fest 2013

March 31st, 2013

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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.

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Tech-Fest announces the 25 bands of their 2013 line-up

March 25th, 2013

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Tech-Fest is returning to the UK for 2013, and blimey, they’ve gone and announced 25 bands as part of their first announcement. 

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Hammerfest 2013: Reviews, Photos, Setlists, Gossip – it’s all here

March 19th, 2013

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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.

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Swanny from Monuments talks Djent, conspiracy theories, and the rejection of bourgeois concepts regarding spiritual and social fulfilment.

October 29th, 2012

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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 AdamSwanny’ 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….

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Live: Basick Records Fest @ London Camden Barfly – 05 February 2012

February 15th, 2012

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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

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Live & Photos: TesseracT, Chimp Spanner + Uneven Structure @ London Garage – 08 September 2011

September 19th, 2011

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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.

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PROTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #1 – Mindful (Non) Self Indulgence

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.

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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.

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