You can never have enough headbanging fuzzy guitar rock, and this hot new release from Indianapolis’ Devil to Pay is a killer addition to the annals of dirty rock and roll. Forever, Never or Whenever, released November 8 on Ripple Music, is the latest full length from the hard rockers, who have been throwing down the heavy since 2002.
Fans of Corrosion of Conformity and Mos Generator will dig the gritty grooves of Devil to Pay. This may just make my favorite albums of the year list, it’s damn good. Standout tracks: Heave Ho, The Devil’s Barking Up Your Tree, 37 Trillion. Get it!
A staple of the San Francisco Bay Area underground heavy rock scene since 2007, ZED hits a new level of musical maturity and fires on all cylinders like a badass band who knows what the fuck they’re about on their newest full-length, “Volume”.
Released on Ripple Music in July, this tour de force of solid riffs and heavy grooves is easily one of my favorite albums of 2019. Vocalist/guitarist Pete Sattari’s gravelly vocals have never sounded better, guitarist Greg Lopez’ octane-fuled Sabbathy riffs sound bigger and badder than ever, and the battery of bassist Mark Aceves and skin-beater Sean Boyles is tight and punishing in the best way.
Standout tracks: Wings of the Angel, Chingus, Time and Space. Check out this amazing LEGO based video by multitalented bassist Mark Aceves featuring their single “Chingus”.
Fans of Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, and Shinedown will dig this hard rocking album, available on Bandcamp and Spotify for instant listening. ZED is currently touring the west coast with the likes of La Chinga, Horseburner, and Age of Truth. Catch them if you can!
Sounding like a hybrid between Big Brother & the Holding Company, Black Sabbath, and the Doors, the insanely talented Acid Alice from Mexico City has dropped a ripper of an album in The Road. This is not a time to judge an album by its cover — I would have passed right over this one and missed out on what is one of my favorite albums of the year to date!
Thanks to my music guru Bucky I stumbled across this wild fuzzed out 60s and 70s influenced rock and roll trip from deep in the heart of Mexico, of all places. I can’t say I know much about them other than this album kicks ass, but I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on them from now on!