“Big Riffs Back In Fashion” – Desperation Blues Review

Posted: May 29, 2013 in ZED
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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.


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