May 22, 2013 by esarsea
Desperation Blues, the outstanding sophomore offering by Califorina Bay-Area rockers ZED was released yesterday, and it’s been receiving tremendous reviews! Check these out, reprinted from ZEDHEADS.org
Muzik Reviews writes:
ZED is a great rock band that takes influences from Black Sabbath to Queens Of The Stone Age. Pete Sattari’s gritty vocals provide the band with a hard rock feeling. Greg Lopes performs the guitar excellently throughout the album. Mark Aceves and Rich Harris keep the songs together with their bass and drumming respectively. Desperation Blues is an excellent album that any rock fan would enjoy. Whether you’re into Led Zeppelin or Rage Against The Machine, you’re sure to enjoy this album.
Metal News Online writes:
I was completely taken aback upon my first listen of ZED‘s Desperation Blues. I was immediately taken back to my youth and the start of my metal/rock roots. Led Zeppelin and a touch of AC/DC. It’s the blues; dirty, in-your-face blues…5/5 stars”
…it is hard to argue with the quality of this release. It is damn good from start to finish, without a turkey in the mix.
…Desperation Blues is one bad-ass rock record. It has variety, and a powerful fluidity of motion. Just when you lock in on a riff they’ll take it up a notch, or change directions, but all the while keeping you along for the ride. And what a ride it is…
Dusty Said writes:
Their combined sound is original but screams of a sound I have heard before. That sound is from a time that there were more to putting out songs than the 3 1/2 minute time limit and a fear of allowing the musicians in the band to play. I hear a little Alice in Chains vocals, some strong Clutch bass, and even a little Motley Crew drums. This my friends, is rock. All the way through the record each song is original and worth playing all the way till the end.
Rock Around The World (via Google translate…German website) writes:
I was completely immersed in the sea of flames…Must have
Cosmos Gaming writes:
…the versatility of the arrangements and the killer riffs make Desperation Blues an album worth seeking out…these guys have managed to strike a fine balance between blues rock and stoner rock while incorporating some additional elements, and hopefully they’re able to find success as this is the kind of material I’d like to see filling the rock radio airwaves rather than the generic cut and paste groups they feature now.
The Front Row Report writes:
Zed’s upcoming Desperation Blues record captures the very essence of what a rock album should be from an up-and-coming band…this album also shows why the rock industry is starting to come back up- bands like Zed putting out albums that are very personal and heart-wrenching.
By the time tracks three and four “Killing Machine”, “Desperation Blues” ended, my faith in mankind and will to live had been restored. I felt refreshed and renewed. I wanted more which was just what I got on the aptly titled “More”. Which by the way, has some shining bits of guitar playing, so pay attention.
Pittsburgh Music Magazine writes:
…Overall, “Desperation Blues” will be a perfect summer anthem for outdoor metal barbeques and beer, (if you’re that righteous of an entertainer, of course). As somewhat of a “Country” girl, this album, vocal tonality, structure, distortion, everything paint an uncanny picture of blasting real and old-school powerful rock with those perfectly timed breakdowns through the windows of my car, just feeling like a total badass.
Decibel Magazine writes:
Formed in the San Francisco Bay Area, ZED blends the classic rock you’ve heard a zillion times on any “Z” rock radio station with the punch of, say, Clutch, the angularity of Rage Against the Machine, the hey-it’s-cool-man vibe of Queens of the Stone Age. Classic-Contemporary hard rock from the Left Coast, which for a Monday morning is exactly what most of us need to get the day going…so check out ZED’s Desperation Blues. It’s OK to rock with your cock out. Or, if you’re female, J. Bennett would approve of rocking with your tits out.
WORT 89.9 FM “Mosh Pit Radio” writes:
Kind of a bluesy hard rock/metal thing (which I guess these days means Stoner Metal?) Catchy riffs…almost like a modern day Led Zeppelin (which their name sorta just reminds you of).
Metal Injection writes:
Zed is a band that plays pretty straightforward blues based metal. Imagine if Mikey from Priestess sang for Clutch. It has some classic rock swagger, but still very modern. This was another surprisingly enjoyable record.
For a limited time, you can listen to the album online, and in it’s entirety courtesy of ZED and Decibel Magazine! Check it out!