The new Queens Of The Stone Age record "...Like Clockwork" is probably one of the most anticipated albums of the current year. Set to hit the stores sometime in June, it will mark the group's sixth studio release so far.
But what makes this one so special? We tried to think of as much as possible reasons for this record to either top the charts or run aground, and all we could basically come up with are long lines of pros and praises. So we figured to sum these up and let you guys discuss them so we could see what the UG community thinks as well. So here goes:
1. They're Back!
The story about the new album began almost five years ago, way back in 2008. The band has since gone through a hiatus and didn't actually start the recording sessions until August 2012. And ever since they came back, it's been all about the new music, meaning that the band has something to say. No reunion tours with a bunch of old hits, just what's happening right here and right now.
2. Still Fresh
QOTSA have not been around since the dawn of time, they are among the relatively younger bands. With five studio albums behind them, they find themselves in time when many groups have released some of their most successful efforts.
3. The Groove And The Chemistry
Did you ever get to check the "Mantra" track live jam by the Sound City Players? Basically, it's just Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and Trent Reznor playing live in the studio with Grohl on drums, Homme on bass and Reznor on keyboards. The result? Magic. Even without the guitar player, the trio will grab your attention and won't let go for entire seven minutes. With a mesmerizing laid-back groove, they don't skip a single beat, and since all three of them will be featured on "...Like Clockwork," we can only hope they deliver such groove and chemistry once again.
4. Epic Guest List
Trent Reznor, Alex Turner, Sir Elton John, Mark Lanegan, Jon Theodore, Nick Oliveri, need we say more?
So that about wraps it up, as you can see there is absolutely no reason not to check this one out and... Wait, it's like something's missing. Why of course, after all, this is UG, so...
5. Dave Grohl
You probably thought he was going to be at the top, now didn't you? But seriously, as one the coolest guys in rock, Dave can turn anything into gold. His performance is also top-quality and once again, we're not talking about something that happened two decades ago, we're talking about here and now.
So it would seem that once you put all this on paper, "...Like Clockwork" seems bulletproof. If you can think of any reason why it's not, do let us know. The band has recently premiered the new song "My God Is Sun" during their performance on this year's Lollapalooza Brazil festival, which is for now the only new track we got to hear in full. With an "epic world tour" officially announced, the group is keeping themselves very busy these days. So it seems we'll just have to wait until June and see just how it will all turn up.