Cryptic commentary swirls around the rock band's first album in six years.
After six years in exile, Queens of the Stone Age have announced their new album is set for a June release.
Few other details have been confirmed, though sounds presumably from the upcoming record can be heard by refreshing the band's official site. The sound snippets are accompanied by what could be album artwork. According to Antiquiet, the album's title (so far unconfirmed) is "… Like Clockwork."
Since the band's last full-length, "Era Vulgaris," there have been several rifts within the band, including the exit of drummer Joey Castillo. However, QOTSA have reinstated guitarist Mark Lanegan and ex-bassist Nick Oliveri, who'd been previously removed for allegedly abusing his girlfriend.
Confirmed guest appearances include Trent Reznor and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears. And last but not least, past collaborator Dave Grohl will drum on the new LP.
The band has been in contact with several UK magazines such as Kerrang and NME to drop cryptic messages on new album material. Some morsels dropped included images of clocks and the use of the number nine. The letter to Kerrang proclaimed:
"ON THIS RECORD WE CAME TO A REALIZATION: THE BEST TRICK OF ALL, IS NO TRICK AT ALL THE SONGS ARE A REAL TIME DOCUMENT OF THE MANIC UPS AND DOWNS OF THE LAST YEAR. IT CAN'T ALWAYS RUN LIKE CLOCKWORK. SO RATHER THAN CONTROL THE DIRECTION OF THE RECORDINGS, WE DECIDED TO RIDE SHOTGUN ON OUR EMOTIONAL BANDWAGON. WE EMBRACED OUR EVIL, HELD THE HORRIBLE, LICKED THE LUNACY AND BLEW THE BEAUTIFUL. AS A RESULT, WE'RE ON CLOUD 9."