Phœbus, the new album of Cortez, confirms the come back of the Swiss trio, just after the release of their 10’’ split with Plebeian Grandstand, on the labels Throatruiner Records, Basement Apes Industries and Get A Life ! Records. With this album Cortez is again proving that you can get out of the habitual pattern of power trio (guitar, drums and voice), and still burps noise-hardcore fury and incandescent anger. The band recently reorganized itself with the arrival of Antoine Tinguely on the guitar (ex-Berserk For Tea Time), Samuel Vaney, former guitarist, is now supporting the band as composer / mixer.
”Phoebus” reaffirms the taste of Cortez for saturation, but also explores a wide range of possibilities. Like a threatening and corrosive mist the aggressive sound still remains intense, melancholic and emotional.
As a reminder, Cortez, formed in 2001, was revealed in 2005 and the horrific world of their first album Initial, was praised by unanimous reviews. After the release followed several tours in Europe, during which the group forged a reputation of exceptional performers. Sharing the stage with The Dilinger Escape Plan, Isis, Unsane, Jesu, Gojira, Burst, The Ocean… Each occurrence tended to confirm and affirm their originality and mastering of their subject.
When a bassist solo project is called" Marteleur", can it only hit and rust out? Let us set aside this false image of a blacksmith. He changes his 'four strings' for the baritone guitar, an hybrid instrument. And then start pounding smoothly. Or rather, let Marteleur support its catchy rhythm in loops. Let him set his riffs, build his melodic frame and polish tirelessly electric atmospheres to see rising 'Chamber noise' instrumental music.
But do not forget that Marteleur is primarily a bassist. The minimalist atmosphere does not stay long. He use it to assemble its musical elements in long progressions, to build music that fly off and that we will look over the waves.
The second album of Marteleur My Anvil Is My Tuning Fork so consistently extends his work as a builder began with 'First Blows' in 2007. A laboratory that has as simple utensils a 'looper' and 'distortion' pedal but where research raises, throughout each piece, new elixirs.