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Queens of the Stone Age

Formed from the ashes of stoner rockers Kyuss, Josh Homme built Queens of the Stone Age on the same core, but created something entirely new, imbuing the band's hard rock with elements of psychedelica and other offbeat touches. While the music churns with intensity, Homme takes advantage of dynamics, opening up the claustrophobic roar with quieter moments and letting the instruments breathe. As a result, the fuzz-fueled sound has a moody strut that's a lot looser in the hips than most metallers, further buoyed by Homme's knack for a catchy melody. The band's latest, Lullabies to Paralyze, continues that thread despite Homme's jettisoning his longtime collaborator, bassist Nick Olivieri, in deputizing his latest batch of revolving musicians. Ever the musical nomad, Homme formed Eagles of Death Metal with high school friend Jesse Hughes, jumping behind the kit for last year's AOR-inflected debut, Peace, Love and Death Metal. While rife with musical allusions to classic rock, they've got some garage rawk stomp in the trunk, and they're not afraid to use it.