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The Valley of the Riff is well inhabited and plentiful in its offerings and the beauty of its vast sprawl is that there is room for many. Making their presence well-known with heavy footprints and sonically indelible marks are San Jose-based Earth shakers ZED. A sound based on core principles of the blues, heaviness, groove, and feel this San Francisco Bay Area quartet is the genuine article, Ladies & Gentlemen. The sound is as organic as it is raw.
No bell bottoms, wizard sleeves, or hip huggers for this crew. It’s a barrage of head-bobbing, air-guitaring, hip-shaking, blues-driven rock as delivered by the bastards of rock & roll. With equal appeal to the fuzz-box mercenaries, stoner-rockers safety meeting in a ’74 Chevy van, and horns-thrusting metalheads pressed against the stage, this band refuses to conform or brandish a manufactured label.
Showing the maturity and confidence to explore the full gamut of their influences and what inspires them internally, ZED is set to offer their third full-length album “Trouble In Eden” with an August 26th release date on Ripple Music. “Trouble In Eden” is a literal collection of blood, sweat, and tears crafted together with raw, personal, relative lyrical content. Tales touching on religious-fueled tragedy, societal reflection, struggles with mental anguish, loss, and perseverance, this album is one for all to relate to. Drop the needle, push play, crank the knob, push the volume high and prepare to be intoxicated by the potion ZED is offering. – Dylan Dominguez-Waltz

Blasting onto the San Francisco Bay Area rock scene in 2007, ZED quickly made a name for themselves with their crushing live shows and incessant grooves. Having played together in various projects since 1998, including releasing an album with the band Stitch for Prosthetic/Metal Blade Records, Guitarist/Vocalist Peter Sattari, drummer Rich Harris and bassist Mark Aceves joined up with guitar wizard Greg Lopes to create a sound that was uniquely their own, a sound whose sole purpose was to rock, with no concern for genres, labels, classifications or rules. Drawing from their varied influences ranging from classic ’70s rock, punk/hardcore, metal and old school funk, ZED writes music that grabs you, throws you around and grooves you all at once. The band has been likened to “a pissed off Led Zeppelin with Chris Cornell meets Ian Astbury on vocals,” ZED writes songs that linger in your head long after you listen to them.

ZED independently released their sophomore album Desperation Blues in May of 2013, which garnered critical acclaim as well as charting on CMJ throughout the summer. Supporting the album up and down the west coast, ZED has played consistently through the fall of 2014 when they began focusing on writing their follow up to Desperation Blues, Trouble In Eden, which is also their debut for Ripple Music. ZED is excited and proud to be a part of the Ripple Music family and look forward to making heads bob and asses shake in 2016 and beyond.

Press Clippings

“Songwriting is a craft, an art, and Zed has studied under rock history’s greatest. They’ve lived with the Zeppelin’s, Floyd’s, Beatles, and Stones, as well as a laundry list of more modern artists and have studied the art of piecing note to note, lyric to lyric, melody to melody, so forth and onward. And, they’ve crafted themselves a near perfect record.”
The Ripple Effect

“The word “infectious” can be overused at times, but when it comes to describing this album from San Francisco’s ZED, infectious is the only way to describe “Desperation Blues”. It’s a heavy, melodic, sleazy, whiskey-drenched slice of rock and roll.”
Stoner Rock BBQ

“Make no mistake, “Desperation Blues” is heavy as f*ck. But Zed’s form of ‘heavy’ goes beyond the riff, pulling at emotions and an energy that doesn’t rely on volume or sonic intensity.”
The Examiner

“Its one thing for a band to say they’re bringing the rock and roll, but it’s quite another when that band succeeds in delivering, and that’s just what Zed can do.”
Upstate Metal

“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.”
The Daily Stab

““Desperation Blues,” a monumental, smooth and funky grind leave a nice “blues metal” taste in my mouth, an allusion to thumb through my iTunes in search for a similar sound following a full listen of this new ten track monster of an album.”
Pittsburgh Music Magazine

“I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to this album in the last few weeks, and it is destined for a permanent spot in my playlists. “
Metal News Online

“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”.”
Metalholic Magazine

“No matter what, 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…”
StreetTeam Stu

“This my friends, is rock. All the way through the record each song is original and worth playing all the way till the end… This band gives me hope.”

“Desperation Blues is a great rock album that takes influences from past and present alike.”
Muzik Reviews

“Zed’s upcoming Desperation Blues record captures the very essence of what a rock album should be”
The Front Row Report

“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.”
Cosmos Gaming

“The four-piece’s main strength are their riffs, they will fill your belly with the biggest meatiest slab of riffage anyone could find and then they soak it in the frontman’s husky and smokey vocals that makes for the most carnivorous riff feast that can make any stoner lovers drool in anticipation. This band is all riff, a two guitar groove assault that is so damn listenable! “
The Number of the Blog

“What we have here is a group of guys that have a true sense of themselves and know exactly who they are, and where they come from. It’s tight and focused and they play “in the pocket” keeping the groove strong. Borrowing bits from just about every decade of music for the last 40 years, and tossing it up in a riffalicious salad. And let me tell ya folks “These bacon bits are da bomb.” Pete Sattari’s vocals are top notch and remind me a bit of a pissed off Ian Astbury at times. “
Planet Fuzz

“It was probably the best 38 minutes I ever spent previewing an album…..The entire album is heavy hitting and hard rocking. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about “Halo,” “A Drug,” or “Somebody.” You can really get into the album on your drive somewhere, sitting around the house or if you’re having your friends over for some beers or whatnot.”
The Soda Shop Rock Blog

“the band do boast the kind of infectious grooves that will put them among the best in the business.”

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