STREAM: Cortez – “El Vetic”


Expansive, experimental hardcore for your soundholes.

Cortez are not the most prolific band in the game. Though they formed in 2001, they released just two splits and two full-lengths in that 15-year span. Skronk nerds among you may recognize Cortez from their 2012 split with Plebeian Grandstand. Or maybe you caught their first LP, Initial, when it dropped alllll the way back in 2005. If you, like me, missed this record while you were a teenager obsessed with The Blood Brothers, here’s your chance to get caught up.

This Swiss trio, drums, guitar, and vox, deliver an ocean of emotional depth with “El Vetic”, a track that defies lazy categorization. Grizzled hardcore fans can latch on to the barking vocals. Post-metal fans will dig the space-y confines of this 7-minute track. Cascadian black metal fans will find hypnotic riffs to nod out to. If you’re a fan of heavy music, you owe “El Vetic” a listen.

Initial is out September 9th. Listen to the full album on Bandcamp. Pick up a limited edition LP pressing from WOOAAARGH and Get A Life Records! Follow Cortez on Facebook and tell ’em “eyyyyyy”.

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  • Well they finally did it, the hawks killed Dubya. Nope, nevermind. That bro has hair.

  • I definitely feel like this is more on the post-metal side of things.

    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

      omg,,, I played this for my sister and she is 2 and she locked herself in a closet and cried.

      -emma smith, 3 months ago

  • Dubbbz

    I still love the name WOOAAARGH

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  • That cover art is p rad. And the song name is something like a malandro should say, like “El Beta”.

    Anyways, pressing play on this!

    The guitar tone is good and oppresive. This must be a blast to listen it live!

  • I want to buy whatever PS3 game that cover art is from

  • Dagon

    I dig. The guitar tone stood out to me for some reason.

  • There’s been so many bands named Cortez/Coretez over the years.

  • Dubbbz

    I can dig this. Solid guitar tone.

  • Dubbbz

    Speaking of Hel Vetica, if you ever feel bad about being a total metal dork, watch the short film Helvetica and feel better about yourself for not getting so worked up over a typeface.

    • Helvetica it our standard font here in our Marketing department. All other fonts can suck it.

      • Howard Dean

        Speaking of fonts, my default font in Chrome appears to have changed today for no reason and I don’t know how to change it back. It’s not offensive at all, but it’s just different and keeps catching my eye. I guess I’ll get used to it.

        • Odd, I haven’t noticed a change on my end.

          • Howard Dean

            Yeah, it’s like the letters are all a little bolder and a little fatter. Weird. Either that, or I have late onset schizophrenia and am losing my mind. Why are the fonts conspiring against me?! They put a chip reader in my cerebellum. Lee Harvey Oswald was exonerated. George Soros is the Lindbergh Baby.

      • Dubbbz

        Hehehehehe found the design nerd 😉

        • DOH! Haha, I have seen that movie by the way too.

          • Dubbbz

            Counterpoint to own point above: a good graphic design makes a world of difference, so font choice is definitely important. I just like picking on this movie in particular because I used to hang out with a bunch of hip marketing/design kids who would argue fonts ad nauseam, and it was more tedious than listening to metal nerds blather on.

          • Oh gawd! The wurst!!! I don’t miss those conversations.

          • Ugh, that font arguing is gross!

            My best friend is a graphic designer and some day I visited him at his Faculty and some random guys were complaining about font choices in Maracaibo’s restaurants lolz.

            Their conclusion is that Jokerman is a plague.


          • Some of the woman at our office use this kind of shit for their email signatures. Awful.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Wow a font discussion sounds horrifying.

          • Dubbbz

            Barf city.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            wingdings or bust

          • Abradolf Lincler

            posted this on yesterdays last one, donno if you saw it:

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I almost used Wingdings as the font on the album covers for my 4 albums that I released.

          • It’s about as bad as a Twin Peaks discussion. Probably worse though.

          • Waynecro

            When I think of the hundreds of hours I’ve spent discussing fonts during my life, I feel particularly insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

      • Oswald bold when I’m feeling flirty. Futura when I’m feeling classy.

  • Listened to a couple other tracks on the BC page and they sound a little like another Swiss band called Shora. The style here is a little more chaotic, but it has me wondering if members from that band might be in this one.

    • Gregoire Quartier

      No we are not members of Shora 🙂 But we respect their work a lot !

  • Waynecro

    This is rad. Thanks, Joebro!

  • Stockhausen

    This band sounds like it’ll tickle me where it is enjoyable to be tickled. I’ll peep this when my internet connection isn’t hilarious.

  • God ov War

    sounds pretty