When last we heard from Queens of the Stone Age, in 2011, they were touring on the deluxe reissue of their almighty first album, where they made sun-warped desert metal speed like a bullet train. No wonder, then, that the first single from ...Like Clockwork, QOTSA's first LP in six years, is the band's most gloriously motorik chug monster since those early days. With guest drummer Dave Grohl pounding away, Josh Homme and Co. deliver vintage Queens rumble. The main riff takes off like a trip to the Mushroom Planet as Homme croons about desert roads to nowhere and praises the sun like he never gets tired of staring at it: "Heal them – with fire from above," he cries. Breathe deep.
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