Hey Zeus unleash a barnstormer of a hard rock record in ‘X’

New Sounds: The Boston band whip up and whip out a debut LP and show it off tonight at ONCE

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It’s been seven years now since the GRAMMYs killed off their Best Hard Rock Performance category, first shifting it into a combo with metal under the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance label, then abandoning that approach two short years later as metal and rock were again split up. So during Sunday’s 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, there will be awards given for Best Metal Performance and Best Rock Performance, but nothing that straddles the line in between.

So we’re gonna just magically recreate the Best Hard Rock Performance category and give the prize to Boston’s Hey Zeus, who today (February 8) unleash their debut album X via Argonauta Records. The nine-track dynamo features some familiar tunes (early singles “Richard The Elder” and “I Don’t Want It”), some firecracker joints no one’s heard before, and a Deep Purple cover (“Bloodsucker”). Stream it below.

Hey Zeus formed back in 2013, and share some musical DNA with Boston bands like White Dynomite, Cocked N’ Loaded, Goddamn Draculas, and others. But this shit is all their own thing, barnstorming their way to the 2017 Rock and Roll Rumble finals and suitably leveling all stages that welcome them with a beer in one hand and their collective cock in the other.

“Having a good time is our 1st priority — and we leave people no choice but to take part in it with us,” Hey Zeus state to media. “We recorded and packaged up the party in X and we’re psyched to bring the message to masses. The album covers life, death, and everything in between.”

Tonight they present X to the masses with a record release show at ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, a seismic affair with the sonic assistance of a reunited Motherboar, the aforementioned Cocked N’ Loaded, and everyone’s favorite Evan Kenney-fronted hardcore punk band, Labor Hex.

Bring your own GRAMMY.