Queens of the Stone Age – Queens of the Stone Age (1998)

Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age (1998)

These guys will absolutely bludgeon your head with crunchy riffs, make you enjoy it, and leave you begging for more. R and Songs for the Deaf tend to get more public love, but their self-titled debut may be a better starting point. Regular John comes on like thunder, screaming a mission statement about the band as a whole. QoTSA would eventually go on to make more heartfelt, trippy, and complex music later on (while still rocking). Their self-titled is not made for that. It’s just here to sucker punch you in the gut. You can be very sure it does.

Choice Cut: How to Handle a Rope
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Peace, Love, Death Metal – Eagles of Death Metal (2004)

Peace, Love, Death Metal – Eagles of Death Metal (2004)

If we sent Red Bull back in time to Canned Heat, told them to make something with a sense of humor, and they acquiesced, the resultant album would be a lot like this. So…it’s a gimmick? Hell yes, it’s a gimmick. It’s one of Josh Homme’s side projects, but he goes by the name Carlo Von Sexron for this band. This album is a vulgar Tarantino-like pastiche of bluesy dad rock. It’s rife with unsubtle metaphors about sexscapades, drugs, and the Devil over crunchy riffs. This is the stereotype that parents and grandparents from the 1960s feared in rock music.

Choice Cut: Speaking in Tongues
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