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Desperation Blues

Zed Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 21, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: I:and:I Recordings
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,983 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Please
2. Skin and Bones
3. Killing Machine
4. Desperation Blues
5. Crawl Back To You
6. More
7. Rain
8. The Empty Quarter
9. Settle The Score
10. The River (2013)

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Zed s upcoming Desperation Blues record captures the very essence of what a rock album should be from an up-and-coming band. The cover is a very dark, ominous and tantalizing photo that makes you want to turn the cd on- that s what got me interested. Then when you hit the opening song, Please, it s very clear where the album title comes from. This is a straight up blues rock album- and a damn good one at that. Zed pour their heart out on this album and it s refreshing. Not many bands are doing that these days and that s contributed to a very dull rock scene in a lot of ways However, 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. Desperation Blues has everything you could want from a rock album or a blues album in one. Go get this record or you re missing out- seriously Rating: 8.8/10 by Reggie Edwards --The Front Row

Hard rock is one of those genres that have become increasingly frustrating to cover as a reviewer. For every standout band that has some strong riffs and a powerful vocalist there seems to be fifty others that are either awful or have no defining features. But thankfully there are still acts like San Jose s Zed that convince me it s still worth looking for newcomers. Zed has been around since 2007 and released their debut album back in 2010, and this year they ve returned with Desperation Blues which offers a nice mix of hard rock, stoner rock, and blues rock. There s a nice balance between high octane in your face numbers and mellower moments, and as a result this is a release with some staying power. The press sheet for Desperation Blues cites bands like Clutch and Queens of the Stone Age as direct influences, and while some of these elements are present in the band s material they don t quite sound like a direct clone of either. Zed seamlessly moves between blues rock, stoner rock, and even some alternative/mellower rock n roll throughout the course of the album and are always able to offer something a little bit different on each song. During their heaviest moments, the group reminds me quite a bit of Black Water Rising as there is the same type of catchy grooves and raw energy present to their material. But where Zed stands out is in their ability to head in much mellower directions and stretch their song lengths out without succumbing to repetition, as tracks such as Rain stretch beyond the six minute mark and are able to carefully balance mellower ideas with hard hitting riffs. It feels as though the instrumentalists have put everything they have into these ten songs, and the hooks help Desperation Blues to have a good deal of staying power. Vocalist Pete Sattari alternates between a mellower singing voice and a gruffer tone that kicks up in intensity during the heavier sections. When Sattari adopts this gruffer tone he has a sound reminiscent of a number of different stoner rock acts, but the melodic sections have a more traditional blues rock/rock n roll feel. Although he is able to pull both off with relative ease, I found myself liking his mellower delivery just a bit more as a few of the gruffer sections sound just a slight bit off and it seems as though the vocals might be pushed just a bit farther than they are capable of. This doesn t happen on every track, but there were a few where they seemed just a bit off. But thankfully this is a rarity and the versatility and strength of the performance overcomes the minor issues, resulting in vocals that should end up impressing listeners. The sound that Zed is going for is one that feels familiar, but they have been able to pull it off in a way that stands out. Although the gruffer vocals occasionally seem just a slight bit off, 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. Chris Dahlberg --Cosmos Gaming .com

New ROCK that gives me hope. There is no shortage of bands working to be heard and it s always nice to be pointed in the right direction. I was given the download code for the new album for a band called Zed by one of the members of their street team. The new album Desperation Blues is set to be released on May 21st and it s one to pick up. My last blog was a rant about rock music being unoriginal and quickly produced. It seems that most bands dont have members that have enough talent to be showcased on their records as soloists, within the first few minutes of hearing Zed, I know this is not the case. There is nothing I like better than hearing an actual instrumental intro before the vocalist comes in to start singing. It tells me that there was work done on the song before the words were hastily laid over. It gives you time to get the tone that they are setting rather than having lyrics shoved down your throat and only rocking out to the chorus. Maybe I am spoiled on bands like Tool, maybe I m just a rock snob. Either way, I think there is more to a hit song than the amount of time a stylist takes getting the band dressed for a gig. Hearing a band that embraces the instruments and doesn't rely on the vocals, while still having a strong vocalist, IS real rock. Too many bands today have a lead singer star. The talent level of the bassist is so low that you ll never know their name, and the same goes for guitar players and drummers. I think I can argue that Blink 182 was one of the last bands to produce named members. It can be said they aren't rock, but you cant say that you dont know who Travis Barker is and that he can t beat the f@#k out of some drum heads. If the only star of your band is the lead singer, you aren't a band, you re a backup band and can be interchanged and replaced at any time. Id say to call your work quality, you shouldn't be able to be replaced without anyone noticing. Ozzy was great as Ozzy Osbourne but he was better with Zakk Wylde. Zakk was also able to create his own success without Ozzy. That s talent. Zed is a band with members that can hold their own individually. I look forward to catching them live and watching each member lead different parts of the show. Pete Sattari on guitar and vocals, Greg Lopes on guitar, Marc Aceves on bass, and Rich Harris on drums are all names worth learning. 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 Crue 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. I can imagine the live shows would be worth the ticket and not 3 p!ss breaks while they cycle through to a song worth standing for. This band gives me hope. This is only their second album and I without knowing the inner drama any band has, I can hope they stay together long enough to gain lasting fans. Their talent worth their weight for that. I haven t heard new raw sounds like this from a complete band in a long time and I know that it will be a hard fought battle with radio to get played, not fitting the top 40 format. Thankfully they have great street team and new fans like me to spread the word. Zed in Houston, bet your ass I ll be there. Check out their website for shows near you and pick up the album when it hits stores; you deserve some real rock. April 18, 2013 by Dusty Welch --Dusty

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The sophomore effort from San Francisco California's ZED is a dynamic joyride of rock and roll power. The band have really stepped up their game in terms of songwriting and the production of this album is incredible. Huge riffs, with heavy bass and pounding drums rounds out the vocals that take you to another place. In June of 2012 ZED entered Sonic Room Studios with Tim Narducci engineering and producing their sophomore album Desperation Blues . With the studio expertise that he gained from working with greats like Bob Rock (Metallica, The Cult) and Howard Benson (P.O.D., My Chemical Romance), Narducci was able to harness the raw energy and essence of ZED in a way that had not been done before. And what they came out with was 46 minutes of giant, hook filled riffing, crafted into 10 songs that make up one beast of an album. Whether it s the pummeling album opener Please setting the stage with it s meaty groove and undeniable hook, or the dusty, hung-over southern vibe of Crawl Back To You , or the steady building epic-ness of Rain , every song on this slab kills, and word on the street is that it is their best work to date. And at a time where so many people are saying that Rock is dead, this album is here to serve as a reminder that Rock aint dead at all, Rock is king. This album doesnt disappoint.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired July 7, 2013
By Nomad
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I've always been a bit of a rock-head but the last few years have seen me drift into other genres. This album got me firmly back into rock!! The sound is original, impassioned, unapologetic, and intense. All the things I love in a good rock album! You'll hear traces of the blues, hard rock riffs, smoky, raw vocals, and no lack of rhythm and melody to tie it all together. Its the kind of album that's not trying to be anything other than itself and that's what I love about it most. In an era of commercialized, inauthentic, and over-polished music, Zed has managed to put out something that's studio-quality without sacrificing rawness or originality. How many bands can we say that about these days? Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ZED Does It Again...And Better! May 21, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
Desperation Blues stays true to the trademark sound and style of ZED's 2010 debut album 'The Invitation' although it's brighter, better produced, and more sophisticated. Desperation Blues harkens back to the classic rocks days when songs told a story musically - when songs had intros and verses and bridges and changes in directions and outros. Back when songs were not dependent on repetitive choruses, or a catchy hook here and there.

Desperation Blues is a nonstop riff machine, where the songs are the hooks in and of themselves. Mark's bass guitar is solid, intelligent and in the pocket, with great tone and tasty little runs when and where they should be. Rich's drums are a truly a standout on this record, start to finish. Pete's vocals are impassioned, emotive and unique in tone. Greg and Pete's guitars unite for a solid wall of sound, reminiscent of AC/DC, but with a sound all their own...yet they each also go their own way when needed. There are some great, yet not overused harmony guitar licks similar to Thin Lizzy and the Allman Brothers.

Greg expands his soloing on Desperation Blues, and thanks to the improved production of this recording, you can hear them much better. The leads are tasty and effective, but true to ZED's style, the obligatory, "Lead Break/Guitar Solo" is not the focus of ZED's music. ZED stays away from the cookie-cutter format of verse/verse/chorus, verse/verse/chorus, lead break/guitar solo, verse/verse/chorus.

The cool thing about ZED is that you immediately know who it is when you hear them. They have their own sound, and that sound is very, very good.

Desperation Blues is one bad-ass rock record. It has variety, and a powerful fluidity of motion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Rock Desert Island Album Top 10! April 8, 2014
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This is such a great album from a up-and-coming group. This sophomore album takes them to a level, that in my mind, puts them right at the top with the best. I feel like I've been listening to them for years as they have a unique but classic sound that is timeless for hard rock. With funky bass licks on "More", powerful lyrics on "Craw back to you" and stunning guitar on "Settle the Score" along with awesome drums throughout, makes Desperation Blues top 10 rock albums in my collection. Enjoying this one all Summer! Can't wait for the next one and If you get a chance to see these guys in your local area, don't hesitate!
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