Queens Of The Stone Age Write Cryptic Letter

A strange handwritten letter says a lot about the concept and drama contained in their new album. But what does it all mean?

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Queens Of The Stone Age have written a cryptic teaser for their forthcoming album.

In a handwritten letter to Mojo magazine, the band explains why the album has been delayed for more than a year now - and why that might prove to be a good thing.

"In our grand plan, we envisioned our lives and recordings running like clockwork [sic]," it reads. "However, the reality has been manic and unpredictable.

"These songs aren't recollections of times we had. They are depictions of what we are going through in real time. It means even a bad event can turn into an unforgettable song."

It babbles on before acknowledging that it "sounds like a load of pretentious st."

As odd as the letter may look, there's no doubt that the new QOTSA record is one of the most anticipated all year. With no official release date, we can only presume it will finally arrive in 2013 - but of course, we said that 12 months ago too.

The album will feature Dave Grohl on drums, and Trent Reznor has contributed some electronic production. Surprisingly, former bassist Nick Oliveri has been drafted in for some guest vocals, despite being fired from the band some years ago.

Read the cryptic letter from Queens Of The Stone Age here:

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    Upon reading the letter and seeing the included picture, I'm lead to believe that the album title is embedded within it somewhere. Let the speculating begin!
    "Clockwerk" sure stands out...
    "Recollections of times", "Clockwerk", "A stitch in time will save you 9", "Real time", "our time is up", plus that clock-eye stood out for me. Just sayin'.
    I've heard "Running in a Dream" mentioned in several articles too. I think it was a Homme quote if I'm not mistaken...
    "Running in a Dream" has been the most commonly used description of this album thus far, having not only been said by Josh previously, but by Dave as well. My bet is it's at the very least a song title.
    Interesting thought. See a lot of potential song titles in here as well. "Codeine Cabaret", "Time Is Up".... Either way, really looking forward to this one!
    also "Up the River" or "Journey Up the River". I wouldn't be surprised if, even if the album title is not here, every song on the record is represented. Queens album titles are particularly hard to pick, because every one has been so radically different so far. Self titled, labels, song titled, song lyrics, and irony/other languages have all been used. Perhaps "Manic and Unpredictable" as a reference to Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused"?
    All this waiting is making me sick, sick, sick.
    My guess is that the "cryptic" letter incorporates the titles of all of the songs. Just a guess...
    Clockwerk, with an E E backwards looks like a 3 Half-Life 3 confirmed
    They're Turnin' On The Screw!
    *insert QOTSA pun here*
    ok... *clears throat* Well I guess the "insert pun" phrase.....*puts on sunglasses* is as old as the "stone age" YEEEEEAAAAAHHHHH
    Sure! I don't know why everyone thinks their letter is so weird, I mean... Everybody Knows that [They]'re Insane.
    I don't care about the mystic crap I just want to hear Dave beating those drums and some weirdo-tone guitars shredding. If they can do another "First It Giveth" I'll be more than floored. Oh yea, and do a full tour with Grohl this time.
    If anyone has noticed, some of the words are slightly bold. For instance: Envision ed Cl ockwerk H owever Been unforget ta ble HA. This may just be from the font. But this is just something I noticed.
    It's good their album plans aren't In the Fade. They've made good records before and I hope they Do It Again. I Never Came to this story to hear it had been cancelled, and if it rocks, Everybody's Gonna Be Happy!
    "clockwork [sic]" Why do you keep using [sic] in your articles when there are actually no mistakes made??
    This very well could be the Feel Good Hit of the Summer.
    Album title: Clockwerk With song titles such as "A Stitch in Time Will Save You 9", "Journey Up the River", "Grand Plan", "Manic and Unpredictable", "Running in a Dream", "Codeine Cabaret", "The Therapist", "Time is Up". Calling it now.
    I can't think that the album title will be Clockwerk. Considering all the previous album titles, it just isn't twisted and subversive enough
    "sounds like a load of pretentious st." wasn't referring to the music (directly anyway)... Literally it was just making fun of the "codeine cabaret" line it had just said.
    Has anybody seen their website? It requires you to type in a password, don't know if that has anything to do with the letter. It would fit, seeing the riddle they did with Them Crooked Vultures in Paradiso.
    No one knows what it could be.. If only they had lost [the] art of keeping a secret... THEY'RE SO VAGUE!!
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    The clock is on 9 o'clock. Stitch in time saves 9. there are 3 9's behind the eyelashes also.. 9 tracks and will hopefully cost 9 bucks
    can somebody please explain to me how this is at all cryptic>. It's pretty clear...
    Perhaps the number 9 is a reference to the release date? I have a strange feeling the album is actually getting close to shipping. Experience from Homme would say he's not the kind of person to do massive hype a long way from important moments. With TCV we saw the sneaky marketing machine in full force right before the band was announced to exist, and then the same for the album release, but they weren't going too far out of their way to push hype in the meantime beyond trying to hide live shows and the like. There's definitely a lot of activity now. Shows being announced next year at festivals, a lot of press release going on, too where in the past there were only trickles of interviews and statements talking about violet robots and dream running. Perhaps these are a sign that the album is further progressed than they're letting on.
    You may be on to something here. Theyve been releasing little nuggets of promo every few days for the past few weeks, and now this. Now i wouldn't expect it to ship, say, before the new year... but i wouldn't be surprised if it was out by March
    I think the letter is a creative way to let us know the album took longer than expected but it will be mind blowing
    Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't this going to be this upcoming album going to be their 6th? Regardless I'm thoroughly pumped to be blaring this album at 11 the day it comes out!
    Umm maybe I should proof read next time what I meant to say was isn't this upcoming album going to be their 6th?
    yes, Queens of the stone age 1 Rated R 2 Songs for the deaf 3 lullibies to paralyes 4 era valgarus 5 Ultra violet robot??? 6