Rumaldo Ortiz is the founding member of the melodic rock band Angel Edge. I discovered him while looking up New Mexico Music Award winners for blues. He's won two Best Blues Song awards and also a Best Song - Metal Category when he was doing the rock thing in the 90's winning Bst Metal Song his first entry n 1990 in these awards and he wa getting regular airplay on lcal and her tate rock stations. He won Best Blues in 2006, finalist in 2007 (lost to Ryan McGarvey and vowed vengence the next year 'cause McGarvey dissed him at the awards and sure enough, he won Best Blues Song 2008, beating McGarvey as he said he would)
Full disclosure: I live in New Mexico now, but not a fan of Ryan McGarvey. At least Rumaldo will write / repond to you if you can find his email addy. I don't have it anymore. I just keep up with the N.M. Music Awards (that almost didn't happen this year due to Covid).
2020 Update on Rumaldo Ortiz!. Seems he returned to the N.M. Music Awards (his last entry beating Ryan McGarvey in blues as he intended in 2008), but entered again for one last time in metal music category he says (as told to me by a Greek friend who Rumaldo sent an original Angel Edge Revisted CD that can command upwards of $125.00 Euros for a used mint condition original 2000-2001 issue of which apparently Rumaldo still has over 1000 in his vault - and I have one too tat Rumaldo gave me years ago! you can't get what's on the interactive CD on illegal torrent downloads though.
He also sent one to another guy in Greece that's frieds with the other greek guy and publishes a printed and Internet metalzine / magazine, and hosts a metal music radio Internet show (maybe over the air locally) and they discovered Rumaldo's Angel Edge Revisited (metal) music from a 'quickly DMCA removed' torrent download. Now they're workng on an article on Rumaldo / Angel Edge coming soon. hey shared a radio show stream they did on Rumaldo's CD Angel Edge Revisied and Rumalo's old band: https://www.mixcloud.com/mercurycloud/c … 15-5-2020/ The presene Chris P plays two songs, gives compliments on the music and alludes to looking further into the band e future.
Rumaldo won Best Metal Song 2020 and has won his categories four of the only five times he's entered, and in the only event he didn't win, he still made the finals as the guys from Greece explained (from the Q & A w/ Rumaldo). According to what they said, the loss was due to Rumaldo having suffered severe tinintus for three months before he mixed and mastered the tunes, so they werent as good as if his ears were fine, but he still made the finals. That tinnitus affecting his mix was Rumaldo's reasoning.
His 2020 award winning song title is: Temple Of The Elders, a Rush / Iron Maiden - like mystcal / mythical song they say is killer, and Zumaldo did it as a tribute to those bands - especially honoring Neil Peart as it's very drum heavy and Iron Maiden with dual blended but commentary guitar solos Rumaldo did everything in the song 100% entirely himself (except for drum samples borroweed from Paul Sabu who Rumaldo gave assistant engineer credit to and ose name got ut on the ward for some reason (usuall only the artist and producer get put on the award). The samples were more today's heavier metal sounding, but the song is nowhere to be found on the Internet - like most of Rumaldo's music... He's a very private guy apparently and does no social media at all, just as his Myspace for fans:
He's apparently independently wealthy so doesn't need his music for a living (he's been a millionaire for years now Rumaldo indicated in their Q&A when they asked him about Cvid affectig his career (btw forgot to say Giannis and Chris P are the Greek guys names. Chris runs the magazine and radio show). Incidentally although Rumaldo is wealth h des gv to tons of charties cludn to help out of work muicians and says in that Q & A that he "really feels bad for musicians that have to play music or work for or with musicians to get by / put food on the able but who have gotten shut down by that lousy Covid" and piissed that his state's governor is a damned tyrant" I hope I'll be able to check out that magazine article online soon even thoh I alead got a lt of inside scoop (Rumaldo might provide the new song in mp3 stream for a short time), and maybe get a printed magazine. They said he's pretty much done with music , but is really into smooth jazz these days lke Paul Brown, Jeff Golub who was a fiend of Rumaldo's (RIP) Nils, Norman Bron as syles to comre his plin to, but m tly like Paau Brown, but sad he lked tat Jeff Goub ncluded bues, rock, and smooth jazz style in his music, and had been pannng o do a cruise ship ting with Goub, en e got a rare neurlgca disease, went blind, ad a traggic scare alling into a subwa nd swiped by e rain, and fnally succombed to the disease. While Rumaldo says he's done w/ music they (the Greek guys), still consider his metal music relevent enough in 2020 to warrant an article on him. Giannis says one of his friends has had Angel Edge song All That's Left Is Goodbye for years as his ringtone. Cool to hear Rumaldo's music reached worldwide audiences. Most sellers of his used CD seem to be from Europe, like Gemany a I saw Eba ne hat sold for $125 EU and one thee or $75 Eu at the moment.
There's a website called The Forgotten Scroll where they discuss some of this stuff that I shared or updated this post with, but it's in Greek: https://www.forgotten-scroll.gr/forum/v … amp;t=2550