The multi-instrumentalist prog/tech metal musician Paul Antonio Ortiz, better known as Chimp Spanner, has signed to Basick Records, who are to release his debut album in April – here’s the official statement from Basick:
Introducing Chimp Spanner (aka Paul Antonio Ortiz); a one man multi-instrumental progressive Metal entity, whose album of emotive compositions, warping riffage and polished lead guitar work entitled ‘At The Dreams Edge’, joins the ranks of the boundary pushing Basick Records label.
Performed, recorded, produced and mixed entirely by Paul, ‘At The Dreams Edge’ encompasses many styles of progressive Rock and Metal, delivered on a movie-like soundscape with a tight and punchy modern production. Visualise an instrumental Dream Theater meets Toto, arranged by Vangelis and produced by Devin Townshend, with Frederik Thordendal on rhythm and Steve Vai on lead guitars.
As an integral player in the international online prog / tech “djent” metal scene, Paul is regularly bouncing ideas with Misha Mansoor (Periphery) or jamming with the likes of Fellsilent and The Safety Fire.
In response to the demand from his loyal online following, the Chimp Spanner live band (which features members of Fellsilent) will be performing throughout 2010 in the UK and Europe, including a date at this year’s Euroblast Festival in Germany.
‘At The Dream’s Edge’ is released worldwide on April 12th 2010.
Check out this CHIMP SPANNER video to get an idea of what it’s all about!