Queens of the Stone Age are apparently well on their way to completing their first album since 2007's Era Vulgaris. "Yep. the Queens are deep into makin the new album," a post on the Palm Desert, California-based band's official Facebook page says. "Locked away in the desert. & shit yeah. it. sounds. fuckin. killer."
In May, frontman Josh Homme told the BBC the band's upcoming sixth album would be completed by the end of 2011. He also said the new album probably wouldn't mark a huge shift in trajectory for the group. "We're at a weird moment where we really don't feel like we have anything to prove," he was quoted as saying. "We just want to play to the people that are into and we want to play right at them."
Homme has been plenty busy the past few years with Them Crooked Vultures, his band with Dave Grohl and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones. Plus, this summer Homme, y'know, became a father (again). But earlier this year, he and the current lineup for Queens of the Stone Age embarked on a U.S. tour, following the reissue of the band's 1998 self-titled debut. Meanwhile, other members of Homme's former band, Kyuss, have been touring under the name Kyuss Lives!.
A word of caution: Reports about Queens of the Stone Age's upcoming album have been surfacing since at least this time a year ago, when guitarist Dean Fertita reportedly said, "We've got so many ideas started already." Until Homme and Co. really do finish their new record, then, the good news is that there has been so much stoner metal to go around even without it.