Cortez Finish Work on New Album The Depths Below

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Good news from the camp of Allston, Massachusetts, heavy rockers Cortez. The five-piece outfit have finished work on their impending sophomore full-length, and unveiled the title as The Depths Below. They began the recording process last December with the esteemed Benny Grotto at the helm at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA, and have gradually chipped away at the tracks — names like “Farewell to Kings” and “Orison” have been leaked — since then at both Q Division and the seemingly-compatriot Moontower Recording Studio, taking time here and there for gigs at the now-defunct TT the Bear’s Place — I’ll buy it; sign me up — and at the Grub, Sweat and Beers fest with Shatner, Hessian, Set, Gozu, Blackwolfgoat, Conclave and a host of other local heavy luminaries.

No public word on the release plan for The Depths Below — which is to say, if Cortez know when or how it’s coming out, they haven’t posted about it — but when it arrives, it will be the follow-up to 2012’s self-titled debut (review here) and their 2014 split single with Borracho (semi-review here) and their first full-length outing since they added Alasdair Swan on second guitar alongside the established four-piece of six-stringer Scott O’Dowd, vocalist Matt Harrington, bassist Jay Furlo and drummer Jeremy Hemond. Naturally one expects that shift in dynamic will show itself in the material, but we may yet be a while off from finding out exactly how. A 2016 seems fair to expect, but one never knows. Could show up earlier if the art and pressing plans are done.

More info when I see or hear it, but for now, their announcement of the record’s completion was quick and victorious:


Our new album is finished and has been mastered. We have settled on the title “The Depths Below”. It didn’t take quite as long to finish as GnR’s Chinese Democracy, and unlike that album, we’re confident that it’ll have been worth the wait.

New show announcements!

We’ve been a bit quiet lately while we work on completing our new album (more on that later), but we have booked a few select shows this summer. The first of which is Friday June 5 at Lucky 13 Saloon in Brooklyn, NY. This is guaranteed to be a ripper. We’re playing with Mirror Queen, Borracho, and The Brought Low. We are on first, so get there early!

The second is at Cambridge institution TT the Bear’s Place (which is sadly closing it’s doors for good at the end of July) on Friday June 26 for The Under‘s CD Release. Await Rescue and Das Muerte are also playing.

The third show will be Jim from Shatner & Doug from Gozu’s Grub, Sweat, and Beers two-day BBQ / show extravaganza at O’Brien’s in Allston, MA on Sunday July 19. There will be a ton of other awesome bands playing. See for yourself as soon as the lineups are introduced.


Studio Update

It’s been a little while since we’ve updated the ‘ol website so here’s some information to fill you all in.

We’ve begun the process of recording our new album. Basic tracks were recorded December 5-7, 2014 at Q Division studios in Somerville, MA with Benny Grotto at the helm. Scott then laid down rhythm guitar tracks with Benny at Mad Oak in Allston, MA, followed by Alasdair a couple of weeks later. We’re hoping to have it finished by early Spring this year. Here’s a teaser of an as yet untitled new song while we were listening back to Alasdair’s guitar track.

Our song “Satan” used in episode of One Lungers

Our song “Satan” from our self titled LP has been used in an episode of One Lungers: Stories of Vintage Snowmobiling in Minnesota. The series documents snowmobilers who customize their sleds much like rat rodders did with their hot rods. Interesting and definitely fitting subject matter as Old Man Winter rears his ugly head.

Next show

We have a show this Saturday at O’Brien’s in Allston, MA.
Problem With Dragons
Give Up
Four Speed Fury

9PM 21+ $8.00

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Vanishing Point in video for upcoming film Departed Harvest

The fine folks over behind the upcoming film Departed Harvest used our song “Vanishing Point” from our split 7″ with Borracho (which you can purchase through our Bandcamp page) in their new video. You can check it out below. They are currently running a Kickstarter campaign as well. If you’d like to help ’em out you can do so here.

Split 7″ reviewed on The Ripple Effect


Cool new review of the Cortez / Borracho split 7″ courtesy of the mighty Swedebeast at The Ripple Effect!

Cortez – “Vanishing Point”

“Vanishing Point” is a very dangerous song to play if you’re driving. I drive a lot and I catch myself flooring it while headbanging furiously while listening to it, and that’s not a good combination. To hell with it though because “Vanishing Point” is a ferocious beast full of badass riffs which brings out the metal thrashing mad side of me…and I absolutely love it! It’s awesome to have Cortez back again. They’ve been kind of dormant for a few years, well at least on the recording front, but apart from this excellent split they also released a new full-length back in 2012. So here’s hoping to see more of these Bostonians, the world needs them!

You can purchase your very own copy here:

Review of the Cortez / Borracho split


The Grim Tower had this to say about the split 7″:

Borracho/Cortez – Split EP (2014) – This split only features two songs and isn’t a slew of black metal acts, for a change.

First, I’ve got is Borracho. Their track is called “Know My Name 4:40″ which seems to be dirty southern rock complete with 80% proof vocals and a bar-room ready atmosphere that’s good for mudding and banging your head to. The frontman isn’t the best vocalist I’ve heard, but it definitely sounds like stoned and drunk rock. Or rock to get stoned and drunk to.

The next band on the split is Cortez with “Vanishing Point 3:41.” They offer a faster approach to the same style of dirty southern rock, with vocals that I like here a bit more and a train chugging vibe with some interesting cymbal play that works well with the traveling vibe of the music. The bottom line is that these guys are certainly worth checking out, the solo section further hammering that. I’m definitely hearing a bit of Motorhead, Clutch and something else here that I can’t put my finger on. But whatever it is, it works.

I definitely think Cortez is the stronger band on the split, but definitely check them both out. Certainly good efforts from both of these beer-soaked acts. Great for drinking, smoking and shooting pool to.

(2 Tracks, 8:00)


It lives! The Cortez / Borracho split 7″

Copies of the new split 7″ with our brothers in rock Borracho have arrived on US soil! The records are safe n sound at Borracho HQ in the nation’s capital. The official release date is April 10th. These bad boys will be available in translucent green, translucent purple, and black vinyl and feature artwork by Matt Corrado. The killer label AM Records from Japan is releasing these. We will have our copies on April 19.

Cortez / Borracho split 7"

These are available for pre-order from us directly through our Bandcamp page. If you can’t wait for the physical copy you can also download the song in your choice of formats.

Review of split 7″ on Uber Rock

The fine folks over at Uber Rock had some nice things to say about our new split with Washington DC’s Borracho out soon on AM Records.

Borracho/Cortez – ‘Split’ (AM Records)
“As for the Cortez contribution, this Boston act kick in with a fuelled up rocker as ‘Vanishing Point’ disappears out of the rear view mirror. This is my pick of the two on offer here and this release has opened my eyes to a genre that never really appealed to me until now, I must investigate further and so should you.”

You can read the full review here.