The Daily Stab writes:
Those dudes will probably rattle the brains of owners of the big clubs in their city if word about “Desperation Blues” goes ’round on a steady and well-fuelled basis, and it sure earns every bit of fucking hype it can get. What I particularly dig about it is that it’s completely stripped of pretense or attempts to be something it ain’t; it simply goes through the motions set by whatever direction it feels like going in at a given second. That makes for lengthy tracks that can go for multiple types of spicings brewed together in one particularly crisp format that’s hella addictive as much as its background is actually simple with a just-cocky-enough exploitation of the actual knowledge this bunch has of what makes for a great rock sound. Each track takes its merry time to make its point heard, riding high on especially dirty basslines in the utmost slick presentation as it seems incredibly well-organized and embroidered around the rest of the songwriting nuggets of gold we have here. There’s plenty of bonuses to go about in what those cats have to bring to the table. The way the guitar surfs that well smooth and creamy background can at times go for the calculating stringwork, but most often escalates into seriously tasty, punchy, hooky, and honestly fiery main riffs that know to bring a swingy type of feel to tracks like “Killing Machine” whilst going for a bit of a fusionny type of southern rock goodness on “More”, and exploding into full-on pub blues mode with the impressively unpredictable and constantly surprising “The River” which goes to show exactly how many backflips those guys can go through to make every bit of a sweat n’ tear seen and heard as each note gets played; everything has to be completely representative of the mood conveyed by the lyrics. This frontman is completely soaked into what he’s singing about and his backing band looks like they’re brothers or distant cousins because the chemistry is the utmost given here.
Thanks for the wonderful review, Noch!
Today Zed guitarist Greg Lopes tells us about the title track to their brand new album “Desperation Blues,” which is set to be released tomorrow (May 21st). Here is the story:
Singled Out: Zed’s Desperation Blues ::Zed News ::antiMusic.com.
Tomorrow’s the big day, with ZED’s Desperation Blues hitting the streets!
…and for the first time ever, you can listen to the entire record, streaming online over at Decibel Magazine now!
Thanks also to Chris D for the kind words!
Turn it up!
…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.
Read the complete review at Pittsburgh Music Magazine
Posted: May 16, 2013 in ZED
Tags: Desperation Blues, ZED
…I’m starting to see a pattern here!
I will not regurgitate the names of bands that are so often quoted as influencing, ZED’s sounds. They are subtle as well as obvious and you will figure them out on your own. They are sprinkled throughout the tracks and serve as reminders that classic metal and southern rock, as well as inventive takes on some well-known metal bands of more recent years, is alive and well and apparently living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The first two tracks, “Please” and “ Skin and Bones” are good indications of things to follow, and they served as sort of a path to ease me into what I thought was going to be just another metal band searching for its identity as I had no prior knowledge of their first album. I was never happier to be wrong in my misjudgment.
Even though it was a slow process, air returned to my lungs and my teeth began to unclench. 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.
Now there are some other gems on this one but I am going to let you discover them on your own.
Chad Bower, columnist for About.com’s “Heavy Metal” section, spoke recently with ZED’s Pete Sattari and posted the interview May 11th, 2013.
Here’s an excerpt:
This core element of groove and grit is the key to the power of ZED’s music and is enhanced by Greg Lopez’ gift for melody and texture. When ZED started writing for what would eventually become the songs for the album Desperation Blues, we deliberately set out to let the music evolve organically, with no pre-conceived notions of genre, style, length or direction. What we sought to do is to distill everything to its core elements…
Read the entire interview here