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Cortez - Thunder In A Forgotten Town (CD)

Thunder In A Forgotten Town
by Harry Papadopoulos at 10 December 2007, 2:22 PM

In this review we are dealing with the debut album of CORTEZ. It's been quite a long time since a Stoner Rock album fell in my hands. So, let's see what those guys are capable of.
The story of the band is not long. They were formed just a year ago from the ashes of several of Boston's Stoner Rock and Punk Rock bands, such as FAST ACTIN' FUSES, SIN CITY CHAINSAW and SUPERSOUL CHALLENGER. The band took its name from Neil Young's classic and controversial song Cortez The Killer. Months passed by until Thunder In A Forgotten Town, they performed live and finally they signed a contract with Belgian 'dope' Rock label Buzzville. And now comes the interesting part, music itself.
The first thing I want to point out is the length of this release. Only six songs and 34 minutes of music. I surely expected something more from the band. CORTEZ's influences are ranging from the proto-Metal fuzz of CACTUS to the Sludge masters THE MELVIN and HIGH ON FIRE. Nice ideas, with heavy riffs and lots of wah-wah! The rhythm section is solid and the voice of Curtis takes us back in time. The only minus as far as the vocals concern, is that after listening to the album a few times you realize it is flat and has the same melodic line through the whole tracklist.
Same thing about the riffs: OK its Stoner Rock, they don't play Progressive Metal, but I expected some more variation. It is normal for every band not to make a breakthrough in Stone Rock, since other bands like KYUSS manage to set high standards, but I think CORTEZ have to do better than that.
This album has some disadvantages that cancel one another. The duration is just above half an hour, so it's not that long and you are not bored from the same tone on vocals and the riffing. But I think that CORTEZ has a long way to walk in order to go nearer to bands like KYUSS and THE QUILL. Good effort that's worth to listen to, but not something special.

3 Star Rating

The High Life
What Have You Done ?
The Ocean
Lost Control
Stone The Bastards
Floodwater Rising
Curtis - Vocals
Scott - Guitar
Tony - Guitar
Jay - Bass
Jeremy - Drums
Record Label: Buzzville Records


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