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Queens of the Stone Age

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  • Finding out about Queens of the Stone Age is like opening that trunk in the basement. The funky one you never really noticed, the one that’s been there longer than you can remember, the one that’s full of priceless stuff you’ve always wanted and should’ve found ages ago.QOTSA revealed themselves to me on the Heavy Metal 2000 soundtrack which I bought for a one-off Pantera tune, and in the classic form of bad movies having exceptional music attached to them I found the QOTSA sound, playing “Infinity” to the best of their form. About a month later, they were booked for the Winter X Games at Mammoth Mountain. After 3/4 of the floor cleared because their limp aural ethic couldn’t handle the QOTSA vibe, it was up to me and twenty devoted friends, by ourselves, to be hit full and complete with a great show that reached well back into QOTSA history. After the show, one of my pals suggested I look into Josh Homme’s roots and listen to Kyuss if I like this stuff so much. After you buy this album, go try Kyuss’ Blues for the Red Sun and it just gets better. This sound has its own gravity.The band creates high quality, juicy, sludgy, fat and chewy neo-Sabbath stoner/desert rock without sounding like they’re trying very hard at all. Their ability to stick to a groove and play it out is uncanny. “You Would Know” – a weird, jerky phone call-stalker anthem that grows into a exceptionally heavy mini-raga. “Avon” – made for radio but too damn good for people to appreciate. “You Can’t Quit Me Baby” – suicide on a stick, a melody rich plea for recognition. None of it’s the same – listen and grow into it. All of this sound smacks of garage band production ethics done for the big screen, and the QOTSA sound is uncorruptable. If you like your desert metal big and thick, intelligent and complete but utterly rock & roll with a meaty slab of funky Black Sabbath or Deep Purple-style metal flair, try this on.jf

    Posted on February 6, 2010