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For those keeping track, it’s been nearly six years since Queens of the Stone Age released their last album, Era Vulgaris. Best known for their driving and relentless brand of hard rock, the Queens released two great albums and then kicked it up a notch with their breakthrough album, Songs for the Deaf. Josh Homme, the band’s lead singer and songwriter, has kept himself relatively busy with some high profile gigs which include playing in Them Crooked Vultures and Eagles of Death Metal and producing albums like Humbug by Arctic Monkeys.
However, it’s time once again for a new Queens of the Stone Age album, now that Like Clockwork is set to drop in June. The new album will feature a number of high profile guests (including Trent Reznor and Elton John) along with the return of Dave Grohl on the sticks (he previously drummed on Songs for the Deaf), Mark Lanegan (previous multi-instrumentalist and songwriter), and Nick Oliveri (previous bass player and vocalist). While no new songs have been officially released, their website features a number of short two to five second clips that are very brief previews and the album’s potential art work. Consequence of Sound also point out that this will be the band’s debut album on Matador Records, the past and present home of legendary acts like Sleater-Kinney, Pavement, Sonic Youth, and Belle and Sebastian.
Unfortunately, no tour dates in the United States have been announced, but the band are heavily rumored to be making a high-profile appearance at Lollapalooza in August along with collaborator Trent Reznor and his band, Nine Inch Nails.