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ALBUM REVIEW: Cortez

CORTEZ — All The Way
(Independent)

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.

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About DENIS SEMCHENKO

Media & comms pro who works in mysterious ways. Writer, vinyl enthusiast, sort-of cineaste, history and geopolitics nerd and (nearly) reformed muso. Has a soft spot for hyphens and slashes. Will chew off your ear about obscure music, random facts and world football.

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