CORTEZ — All The Way
PETE WALSH joins the WA prog-rock conquistadors on the Eldorado quest.
The Alice In Wonderland-esque cover art belies the rockier sounds of West Coast prog-rockers Cortez. Forged in the fires of Fremantle, the quartet’s full-length debut LP All The Way is a composite work that dips its generic finger in many rocky pies.
It’s the band’s penchant for dystopian siren-like background sections that combine with post-grunge aggression that make them sound a lot like a mellow Seether. Tunes like Ego Terrorist display this best, as haunting reverbed vocals run rampant over the top of disjointed drum beats and careening guitar riffs. After a close encounter of the Nickelback kind on the title track, Cortez whisk their sound in a new direction, emulating influences from Iron Maiden on Trolls and Not Enough. The plethora of genres on the album isn’t distracting, though, as Cortez keep a tight grip on their sound and pull it off swimmingly.
PETE WALSH is an ex-Rave contributor and vagrant writer, as well as a bit of a literati, music aficionado and coffee snob.