Queens Of The Stone Age have announced a new record. … Like Clockwork is due out sometime in June, is the follow-up to 2007’s Era Vulgaris, and promises to be full of top-notch guest appearances. Dave Grohl returns to drum (replacing former Queen Joey Castillo), while Trent Reznor, Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, and Elton John all pop up on various tracks for various reasons.
The band has been dishing out details through letters to UK music magazines like Kerrang!, Uncut, and Mojo. In a recent letter to Kerrang!, for example, the band described the record as a “real-time document of the manic ups and downs of the last year,” adding that the group “embraced our evil, held the horrible, licked the lunacy, and blew the beautiful” while “rid[ing] shotgun on our emotional bandwagon”—all apparently implying that the recording process was a little crazy. The band has also described its current sound as “codeine cabaret,” and hinted that the album has something to do with the number 9.
The record also marks the return of two QOTSA veterans: Mark Lanegan, who's been off doing solo stuff, and Nick Oliveri, who was kicked out in 2004 after allegedly abusing his girlfriend.