Stoner rock! Cortez’ new release, Thunder In A Forgotten Town, is full of the heaviest, deepest, grungiest guitar sound with balls that you’ll ever hear this side of New England. Having a distinctly Kyuss-like approach to songwriting, with bulky, repetitive riffs and monotone vocals that take on a near screaming but overall harmonious tone in nature. Labeled as a self-described sound being “Heavy, loud and lumbering,” Cortez takes stoner rock to a new level of rock.
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. The tone is so ballsy, but in a laid-back, groovy kind of way. Cortez takes their time while rocking, keeping the heavy rhythm and bass going for most of the song, letting the lead put fills in every now and then, soloing only when appropriate and keeping the fans headbanging the whole time. There’s a definite ease behind the powerful chords; a deep grace that goes along with the ribcage-imploding distortion. Most of the songs clock in at five minutes with their longest track, “Floodwater Rising” extending to 9:36. Although the six-track EP is under 35 minutes, it’s 35 minutes of pure, solid rock. For undisputed heavy, absurdly impressive stoner riffs, check out Cortez.
- Sean Mahan, PerformerMag.com