Last month acid rock pioneers Queens of the Stone Age released their seventh studio album entitled “Villains.”
Being a huge fan of the band, I had pre-ordered the vinyl release and did my first video of me unboxing my order. (You can see the video Here )
There are few albums that I immediately fall in love with. It usually takes me a solid three or four listen through to really evaluate it and gauge how much I like it. This was not the case with “Villains.”
I had so much hype and anticipation built up for this album upon receiving two of the songs to listen to early. The first single off the album “The Way You Use To Do” as well as “The Evil Has Landed.” Man oh man, was I not disappointed.
I immediately loved both songs, and upon receiving the album I knew it was going to be added to the favorite list. From the the opening track “Feet Don’t Fail Me” with its Led Zeppelin-esque sounding guitars and bass work, to the punctuated “Domesticated Animals” all the way to the ending track “Villains of Circumstances,” this album is probably one of the most solid and well-produced ones to be released this year.
QotSA is one of those few bands that changes up their sound enough to where no two albums really sound the same, and yet they maintain that signature Queens of the Stone Age feel. I attribute this to the constant lineup change. The band is always changing up members, but this is due to a revolving door policy and not drama. Each member brings in a new flair, and it only enhances the band’s legacy.
I feel like that really shines through on “Villains.” The co-operative guitar energy between frontman Josh Homme and QotSA veteran member Troy van Leeuwen is so solid and on point, that the addition of guitarist Dean Fertita enriches the overall sound in a way that feels completely natural.
Overall, “Villains” marks a fantastic addition to the band’s already impressive discography, and I would highly recommend to veteran fans and newcomers alike.
Check out “Villains” available now in store and online.