Queens of the Stone Age Review: …Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age

…Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork album cover art

In general, LxL tends to be pretty light on our heavy metal coverage. That being said, I am always looking to stretch myself (especially after reading more on metal with Fargo Rock City) and to be honest, Queens of the Stone Age is about as accessible metal as it gets. So instead of pretending like reviewing the Queens is that out of character, let’s just get to talking about what a wonderful surprise …Like Clockwork, Queens of the Stone Age’s first album after a six year hiatus, is.
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Sleigh Bells Review

Sleigh Bells

Reign Of Terror

Reign of Terror Album Cover Art

From the opening ear-shattering moments of “Tell ‘Em” to the last menacing moments of the title track, listening Sleigh Bells’ debut front to back was like being blind-sided by a Rock shovel and loving every moment of it. On Treats, the New York duo pioneered a bit of a new sound, with their music being what it would sound like if a cheerleading squad discovered heavy metal or Black Sabbath crashed a crazy train into M.I.A. So because of the astonishment found with their debut, I expected their follow up, Reign of Terror, to fall way short of the debut since it would lack the novelty of hearing their sound for the first time. And while Reign of Terror is indeed more of the same, it is no doubt another really good record, full of plenty of excellent moments, but also its handful of redundant ones.
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