CORTEZ release new single; announce release date for The Depths Below

Boston, MA heavy rockers CORTEZ release the digital single “Walk Through Fire” in advance of their new album The Depths Below. The single features artwork by Joe Keinberger and is available via the CORTEZ bandcamp page: cortezboston.bandcamp.com.

CORTEZ’ sophomore full length The Depths Below will be released via Salt Of the Earth Records on CD and digital formats on June 16, 2017. The band’s first full length since the 2012 self-titled, features nine songs and clocks in at 45 minutes. Running the gamut from heavy rock to NWOBHM-influenced metal songs, The Depths Below is sure to surprise some longtime fans of the band with its variety. The Depths Below was recorded and mixed by Benny Grotto (Scissorfight, Orange Goblin, Worshipper) at three different studios (Q Division, Mad Oak, and Moontower Recording) and was mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering. The cover art for The Depths Below is courtesy of David Paul Seymour.

For preorders, visit: saltoftheearthrecords.com

The Depths Below Track Listing:

1. All Gone Wrong
2. Poor And Devoid
3. Walk Through Fire
4. The Citadel
5. Blood Of Heirs
6. To The Skies
7. Kill Your Ghosts
8. Dead Channel
9. Orison

CORTEZ is:

Matthew Harrington – vocals
Scott O’Dowd – guitar, backing vocals
Alasdair Swan – guitar
Jay Furlo – bass, backing vocals
Alexei Rodriguez – drums

Jeremy Hemond performed all drums on The Depths Below.

http://www.cortezboston.com
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http://cortezboston.bandcamp.com
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New show!

We’re heading back to 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, MA on May 20th. We will be playing with Left Lane Cruiser, Crowrider, and Bottlefight. This should be a rager! Hope to see some friends.

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Cortez Announce New Drummer

Cortez would like to officially announce the addition of our new drummer, Alexei Rodriguez. Alexei comes to us with vast experience – having played drums in such bands as Catharsis, Prong, 3 Inches Of Blood, among others. We are extremely excited about the future of Cortez and can’t wait to start recording new material. Alexei’s live debut with Cortez will be on May 20, 2017 at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, MA.

Cortez’ new album The Depths Below will be released in June on Salt Of the Earth Records. In anticipation of the album’s release, we will release a digital single of the song “Walk Through Fire” in May.

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Cortez sign with Ripple Music

Hey all, as Ripple Music announced earlier, we have signed to be included on an upcoming volume of their “Second Coming Of Heavy” split album series. We couldn’t be happier! More to come.

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Cortez sign with Salt Of the Earth Records

We’ve signed with Salt Of the Earth Records for the release of our new album “The Depths Below”. We’ll let you all know as soon as the release date has been confirmed.

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New show! Brooklyn, NY – August 5

We’re playing at Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn, NY on Friday August 5. Mighty High, Geezer, and Wasted Theory will be ripping it up with us.

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Doors: 8pm
First band: 9pm SHARP!!!!
$10.00
21+

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New show! Philadelphia, PA – August 4

We’re playing at The Tusk in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday August 4. Wasted Theory, Heavy Coughin, and Double Planet will be joining us in the ruckus raising.

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New show!! Providence, RI – June 23

Our next show is Thursday June 23rd at Firehouse 13 in Providence, RI. We’re supporting Black Pussy along with Oxblood Forge and Heavy Necker.
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Do you like free music?

Hey folks, we’re aware that things have been quiet in the Cortez camp lately. We assure you that our newest album “The Depths Below” IS indeed complete and will be released sometime in the not too distant future.

As a little teaser, we recorded a cover of the classic Coverdale/Huges era Deep Purple track Stormbringer (written by Blackmore, Coverdale) with Benny Grotto at Q Division, Mad Oak Studios, and Moontower Recording Studio. Jeff Lipton at Peerless did the mastering. The track is now live on our Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages for free. We sincerely hope ya dig it, and if you do please share it!

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Cortez Finish Work on New Album The Depths Below

This post originally appeared on the Obelisk.net:

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Good news from the camp of Allston, Massachusetts, heavy rockers Cortez. The five-piece outfit have finished work on their impending sophomore full-length, and unveiled the title as The Depths Below. They began the recording process last December with the esteemed Benny Grotto at the helm at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA, and have gradually chipped away at the tracks — names like “Farewell to Kings” and “Orison” have been leaked — since then at both Q Division and the seemingly-compatriot Moontower Recording Studio, taking time here and there for gigs at the now-defunct TT the Bear’s Place — I’ll buy it; sign me up — and at the Grub, Sweat and Beers fest with Shatner, Hessian, Set, Gozu, Blackwolfgoat, Conclave and a host of other local heavy luminaries.

No public word on the release plan for The Depths Below — which is to say, if Cortez know when or how it’s coming out, they haven’t posted about it — but when it arrives, it will be the follow-up to 2012’s self-titled debut (review here) and their 2014 split single with Borracho (semi-review here) and their first full-length outing since they added Alasdair Swan on second guitar alongside the established four-piece of six-stringer Scott O’Dowd, vocalist Matt Harrington, bassist Jay Furlo and drummer Jeremy Hemond. Naturally one expects that shift in dynamic will show itself in the material, but we may yet be a while off from finding out exactly how. A 2016 seems fair to expect, but one never knows. Could show up earlier if the art and pressing plans are done.

More info when I see or hear it, but for now, their announcement of the record’s completion was quick and victorious:

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Our new album is finished and has been mastered. We have settled on the title “The Depths Below”. It didn’t take quite as long to finish as GnR’s Chinese Democracy, and unlike that album, we’re confident that it’ll have been worth the wait.

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