Cortez / Press
" Everything fits together seamlessly and CORTEZ roars through this album with the power of a 71′ Dodge Charger. Even in their quieter, emotive moments, the four guys are bursting with energy. The crunchy riffs are soaked with fuzz and sweat, but great value is also placed on songs that are straight to the point with catchy hooklines and forceful grooves. Blues, metal and 1970′s heavy rock are an equal part in CORTEZ’ tasteful blend, and they succeed in creating a varied record that never runs out of good ideas. They go from a aggressive rockers like ‘All Hail’ to slower more melancholic songs like ‘Wormwood’ where suddenly an additional acoustic guitar appears."
"Cortez’s eponymously named double vinyl release is a collection of hard-hitting, fuzz-drenched songwriting propelled by the nitro-fueled pistons of an especially heavy-handed drummer. Songs like “Johnny”, “All Hail”, “Northlander” and especially ‘going to a show’ anthem “Ride On” could result in fist-sized dents in the roof of your automobile as you rock along with the Cortez crew."
"There are very few ethics to which I apply universal favor, and strong songwriting is one of them. Cortez make songwriting sound innate, effortless, like the “Helter Skelter”-referential chorus that immediately plasters “Johnny” on the lining of the cerebral cortex like it’s a gig flyer is just what the band does every day after work. As the opener, “Johnny” emphasizes many of the album’s best aspects. It is impeccably constructed, briskly performed and crisply presented."
"Lots of bands out there are playing in a heavily Sabbath influenced realm but Cortez is one of the few to utilize more than just the usual Master/Volume 4 riff rehash. For those of us who have spent decades analyzing the Sabbath family tree know just how much killer shit there is that people tend to overlook. The reason why all those Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple records are so classic is the variety. Cortez understands that and plays the music they want to hear. I wanna hear it too and have been playing the hell out of this!"
““ A complete band, a complete album – this is a stunning full length début from Cortez.…9.5/10."”
“Perhaps “heavy” doesn’t describe the guitars of Cortez. Perhaps “a gigantic cave of underground distortion,” or “mind-blowing weight and power” and “bone-crushing bass” will help paint the picture. For undisputed heavy, absurdly impressive stoner riffs, check out Cortez.”
“If you're lookin' for a thunderous combination of 70's Hardrock and classic Heavy Metal then you should add CORTEZ to your list. My anticipation for their first full-length is huge, because this is really good music. Thanks to Buzzville Records for delivering one of the first highlights in 2008!”
“CORTEZ have delivered a superb debut album.”
“Atmospheric Desert rock on "Thunder in a Forgotten Town" which recalls the sweet smell of "... and the Circus Leaves Town" from Kyuss, especially the fantastic "Floodwater Rising."”
“These guys know that deep down, under all the fuzz music essentially comes down to one thing...the songs and these guys write some very cool songs!!! Yep, don't be afraid to say it, they write songs!!!!”
“The riffs Cortez play are heavy, fuzzy and rocking like thunder indeed. The volume that blows out of my speakers immediately creates a big grin on my face.”
“No matter which of the six songs on "Thunder In a Forgotten Town" you evaluate, it always ends with the same result: class!”
“CORTEZ come to conquer, nothing more, nothing less.”
“I'll keep it short. If you still really like Stoner Rock, no doubt, go for "Thunder In A Forgotten Town" from the American band Cortez. Six stone good songs in the style of Fu Manchu, Nebula, Kyuss and others of the genre.”
“Earthy sound and a reserved producer round "Thunder in A Forgotten Town" into a very mature and complete work. Hard to believe that they only formed in 2006.”
“Cortez from Boston release their first-born and we're very impressed. Give us some earplugs and stimulants!”
“For all fans of Melvins, Monster Magnet and all other stonerbands, this is a must have.”
“Cortez have done everything right. "Thunder In A Forgotten Town" should be in bold print on the shopping lists of all Heavy Music disciples.”
“Few bands these days are able to employ so many aspects of the genre in such a cohesive manner - mixing crunchy low-end riffs, southern groove, memorable choruses, inventive rhythm and bluesy leads.”