Archive for May, 2013

ZEDHEADS.org is pleased to welcome aboard Jacque Menard, our new Regional Street Team Coordinator for the State of California! We’re thrilled to have Jacque as part of our ever-growing rock and roll family, and we look forward to working with her on future promotions.

You can reach Jacque at:  jaqe48 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Sea of Tranquility writes:

Big riffs are definitely back in fashion, so three years on from their The Invitation album Zed are back with a dose of Desperation Blues, that sounds a damn sight more insistent than desperate to me. Stating Queens Of The Stone Age, AC/DC, Sabbath and Zeppelin as influences Zed (not to be confused with the jazz fusion outfit) stay true to their word by hammering out groove laden bristling riffs, backed by howling, gravely vocals and ground shaking beats.

Pete Sattari hollers loud and proud while banging his guitar to within an inch of its life, leaving a faint stench of bourbon and grimy hit of attitude, while his fellow guitar abuser Greg Lopes doubles the effect. Add to that a concoction of thunder courtesy of Rich Harris behind what probably used to be a drum kit and Mark Acevas who’d probably be arrested for the way he attacks his bass and Zed make a mighty statement. “Please” groovin’ suggestively, while giving you the sort of grin that makes you uneasy in your own shoes, while “Crawl To You” adds a little subtlety in a style that Black Stone Cherry fans will approve of…this is one collection of Desperation Blues sure to put a smile on your face.

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!

…(a publication of MetalInjection.net) says this about Desperation Blues:

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.

Thanks to Daniel Cordova for the kind words!

You can view Daniel’s post here.

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.

ZED-Desperation-Blues

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