First show of 2018

We’re starting 2018 off with a bang!

Saturday February 3rd
at O’Brien’s Pub
3 Harvard Avenue
Allston, MA

Cortez
David Age & The Regrets
Test Meat
Phenomenal Sun

$10 8PM 21+

Cortez confirmed for RPM Fest

RPM Fest / Promotorhead Entertainment made its first lineup announcement. We’re proud to be included alongside Tombs, Royal Thunder, Barishi, Goblet, Hepatagua, Cazador, Solium Fatalis, Age of Embers, Epicenter, VRSA, and Ice Giant. We can’t wait for this one, it’s going to be a rager.

http://www.ghostcultmag.com/tombs-royal-thunder-barishi-cortez-and-more-booked-for-rpm-fest-2018/

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The Depths Below at #32 on the Doom charts best of 2017

http://doomcharts.com/2018/01/13/best-of-2017/

26 SKUNK – DOUBLEBLIND
27 SNOWY DUNES – ATLANTIS
28 FORMING THE VOID – RELIC
29 THE NECROMANCERS – SERVANTS OF THE SALEM GIRL
30 ELECTRIC WIZARD – WIZARD BLOODY WIZARD
31 ALASTOR – BLACK MAGIC
32 CORTEZ – THE DEPTHS BELOW
33 DOUBLESTONE – DEVIL’S OWN/DJAEVLENS EGN
34 MOTHERSLUG – THE ELECTRIC DUNES OF TITAN
35 NEKROMANT – SNAKES & LIARS
36 POSEIDON – PROLOGUE
37 WITH THE DEAD – LOVE FROM WITH THE DEAD
38 WELTESSER – CRESTFALLEN
39 EGYPT – CRACKS AND LINES
40 CLOUD CATCHER – TRAILS OF KOZMIK DUST
41 HÄLLAS – EXCERPTS FROM THE FUTURE PAST
42 OLDE – TEMPLE
43 YEAR OF THE COBRA – BURN YOUR DEAD

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The Depths Below at #8 on Håkan Nyman’s year end list

https://outlawsofthesun.blogspot.com/2017/12/hakan-nyman-best-albums-of-2017.html?m=1

1. Forming The Void – Relic
2. Elder – Reflections Of A Floating World
3. Howling Giant – Black Hole Space Wizard, Part 2
4. Blues Funeral – Awakening
5. War Cloud – War Cloud
6. Vokonis – The Sunken Djinn
7. Lord – Blacklisted
8. Cortez – The Depths Below
9. Mangog – Mangog Awakens
10. Argus – From Fields Of Fire
11. Black Star Riders – Heavy Fire
12. Lionize – Nuclear Soul
13. Kimi Kärki – Eye For An Eye
14. Mark Lanegan – Gargoyle
15. Fire Down Below – Viper, Vixen, Goddess, Saint
16. Thonian Horde – Inconnu
17. Thousand Vision Mist – Journey To Ascension And The Loss Of Tomorrow
18. My Sleeping Karma – Mela Anada
19. Steak – No God To Save
20. The Necromancers – Servants Of The Salem Girl

Chosen by Håkan Nyman

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The Depths Below at #12 on The Huntsman’s year end best of


12. Cortez’ latest album is everything that is hot in hard rock and metal. The Depths Below incorporates elements of all our favorite styles including groovy grunge, punk, heavy metal, and an under arching stoner groove through and through. The groove is undeniable, the chorus lines are a kick in the ass. This one should appeal to a wide swath of the heavy underground population. Hell, this has tracks that would be acceptable on the mainstream FM Rock Radio and would be a welcome addition and lesson of how it is done. Love it.

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The Depths Below at #7 on Vegas Rock Revolution year end countdown


Go to the link and listen to the show from 01/02/2018 to hear the countdown!

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Cortez added to the New England Stoner & Doom Festival

The cat’s out of the bag, we’re playing the New England Stoner & Doom Festival!

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The Depths Below reviewed on The Ripple Effect


Yes, one of my favourite tribes from Massachusetts are back with a smoker of an album, ‘The Depths Below’. After 5 long years of no recordings – apart from a brilliant 7” split Borracho – the stars finally aligned and the guys got together to stir up some stuff. This eventually, and thankfully, led to the birth of the new record and the return of Cortez. And what a return it is! So I’m not going to bitch about the long wait…

Where do I start with this barn-burner of an album? Like I mentioned above it’s such a joy to have them back, pure and simple. But that emotion might cloud what actually is going on. However, there is nothing to fear as Cortez surpasses themselves a thousand-fold times over. The music is super focused, free-flowing and unshackled with a ferocious bite to match. Add a full, rich production to the equation and you have a band holding nothing back as well as destroying any naysayers without batting an eyelid. They have also retained the Cortez sound but upped the ante by being more in your face, as well as adding even sharper riffs than before, completely obliterating the listener in the process.

‘All Gone Wrong’ sets the mood right away, kicking up dirt as the band pile drives straight through my head. A super heavy rhythm section paves the way for ruthless riffs to rip me apart. Slowing things down just a touch and opting for a chest crushing approach, ‘Poor And Devoid’ is relentless to say the least. ‘Walk Through Fire’ unleashes the fury with furious riffs running parallel with some intense solos as Cortez opens the door to the trilogy ‘In The Shadows Of Ancients’. Part 2, ‘The Citadel’ is a slower composition and has a strong mystic, Middle Eastern feel. Hypnotic and mesmerizing it picks up in the verses. After a blistering solo the band kicks into full stoner riffaganza and yours truly is bouncing off the walls. ‘Blood Of Heirs’ ends the trilogy and this is a full-on metal frenzy. Going wide open this is not for those with a weak heart or degenerative discs because Cortez brings an onslaught and a half, and it’s bloody fantastic!

Pummeling with a head rush of monstrous proportions while facing the maelstrom that is ‘To The Skies’, I realize there’s no point in fighting these guys. Just let them sweep you away through the soul searching chorus to the punishing verses. Trippy and dreamlike at first with a mellow yet eerie vibe, ‘Kill Your Ghosts’ eventually shift gears and the twin-axe attack from Scott O’Dowd and Alasdair Swan blows me away. ‘Dead Channel’ is slightly different than the rest. After a spaced-out intro followed by a brief burst of punk it weaves back and forth between snarly vocals in desert sound mode and gang-like chanting bringing it back to punk again. Confusing? Not at all, if you ask me. Cortez do blend a lot of styles into this composition but it works amazingly well. In fact, ‘Dead Channel’ is one of my favourites. Speaking of styles, closer ‘Orison’ is a fantastic homage to doom legends Candlemass akin to their pièce de résistance, ‘Solitude’. Singer Matthew Harrington does an amazing job as does bass man Jay Furlo and drummer Jeremy Hemond. They keep it tight and heavy allowing their string slingers to excel.

I can’t stress enough how damned great ‘The Depths Below’ is, waveriders! Having followed and liked Cortez for years, I know how bloody amazing they are. Still, this new album floors me over and over again as I am stunned by the sheer brilliance these guys display. As a music fan that’s the best feeling there is when one of your favourites completely annihilates the world with their new wax. Thank you and welcome back, Cortez!

-Swedebeast

http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2017/11/cortez-depths-below.html?m=1

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The Depths Below on the August Doom Charts!

We’re sitting at lucky number 13 on this months Doom Charts.

13. CORTEZ – THE DEPTHS BELOW

Let’s take a trip with the Boston quintet Cortez. Let’s have them drag us down with them to ‘The Depths Below‘. I reckon we can safely state that most of you freaks out there already dug their earlier releases. Well, get ready to profess your undying love for these guys. Turning a much more metallic corner on some tracks, the fuzz, the grunge and the stoner that Cortez brings is simply amazing. And then there are those more pop sensible, almost catchy moments.

Yes, there is something about this record that screams ‘instant classic’. Vocalist Matt Harrington truly shines on every track and together with the killer choruses, massive riffs, dueling guitars and majestic drum work, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Cortez… Shit, where is the closest grimy tattoo parlor, so I can get Cortez tattooed across my heart!

~ Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe)

GET IT HERE

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Cortez at Forge Fest

Our next show is Forge Fest, Saturday September 23 at Dusk in Providence, RI. Doors open at 4PM, we go on at 10:30. It’s a pretty slick lineup, do yourself a favor and come early and stay late.

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