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Editors’ Notes

Josh Homme tries to conceal his genius behind a battery of guitars that sound like power tools and lyrics that are often shocking and disturbing. Yet, the brilliance of his invigorating Queens of the Stone Age is still hard to miss. Homme has an uncanny knack for making even the most basic songs sound lavish and decadent, wielding an endless assortment of chunky, searing guitar riffs and oddly appealing hooks, putting meat on the bare bones of his songs. Few current rock artists are as painstaking, detailed, and nuanced in trying to sound simple — or as deft in the production room, coaxing an incredible variety of sonic delights from a very straightforward recipe. Tracks like “Sick, Sick, Sick” (with the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas) and “Battery Acid” are bracing, buzzing, fuzzed-out romps intended to shred your mind, but even more interesting are “I’m Designer,” which calls to mind Zeppelin’s funkier ‘70s days, and “Into the Hollow,” which adds some rather nifty prog-rock flourishes. They ease up on the gas just a bit for the soulful “Make It Wit Chu” and groove-heavy “Suture Up Your Future,” but for the most part, Era Vulgaris doesn’t ever stop to catch its breath; it hurtles forward with focus and purpose.

Customer Reviews

Homme is back

I'll get to the point then you can read my ramble further down if you'd like; if you're a steady QOTSA fan, buy this album. If you're new to the scene, maybe sample some of the songs first. Sick, Sick, Sick is an excellent single in that it represents perfectly what the album is about. Whereas their last album said "Hey, come here, I've got something cool for you to listen to", Era Vulgaris says "Get over here or I'll hit you in the face with a bottle". I think that sums it up, nicely. I might be in the minority of QOTSA fans who think Lullabies to Paralyze was their best; so, for me, this is a challenging album. It's somewhat of a return to previous work - assuming a less melodic, more abrasive/electric up tempo sound throughout. Regardless, like all Queens albums it'll almost certainly get better with subsequent listens. Sonically, Homme still creates soundscapes that you simply won't hear anywhere else and Era Vulgaris is no exception. A tight album, worth your money.

sick, sick, sick!

pic this album up and give it a few listens. it'll quickly climb you list of favorites. for real. . its unbeliveable how good these guys are. . . . and they just keep on getting better.

Style of their own.

QOTSA have always been known for their innovative style, and Era Vulgaris does not disappoint. From their explosive new guitar-driven single 'Sick, Sick, Sick', to even the... definitly different, album title and artwork, those looking for something new, I present to you: Era Vulgaris.


Formed: 1997 in Palm Desert, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed from the ashes of stoner rock icons Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age reunited the group's singer/guitarist Josh Homme, drummer Alfredo Hernandez, and bassist Nick Oliveri along with new guitarist/keyboardist Dave Catching. The project's origins date back to Homme, who in the wake of Kyuss' 1995 demise relocated to Seattle to tour with the Screaming Trees; he soon began working with a revolving lineup of musicians including the Trees' Van Conner, Soundgarden's Matt Cameron, and Dinosaur Jr.'s...
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