Queens of the Stone will release a new album, ...Like Clockwork, in June, the band announced today.
Matador Records, part of Beggars Group, will put out the album.
QOTSA has always sported a somewhat rotating cast, and the release defined the band as having four members: leader/singer/guitarist Josh Homme, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen (A Perfect Circle), guitarist/keyboardist Dean Fertita (Dead Weather, Raconteurs) and bassist Michael Shuman.
Notably missing from that lineup is a drummer. Joey Castillo played and toured with Queens for the band's past few albums, and it has been rumored that Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) will replace him. However, the release wouldn't clarify this, only saying both Grohl and Castillo, along with Jon Theodore (One Day as a Lion, formerly of Mars Volta) "contributed" drums to the album. Elton John, Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor, Jake Shears, James Lavelle and Alex Turner will also perform on the album, the release said.
Included in that list is Nick Oliveri, founding bassist of Queens of the Stone Age, whom Homme summarily dismissed from the band after Homme learned Oliveri had been physically abusive to his girlfriend. Oliveri will contribute vocals to the album, others have reported.
Also missing is longtime Homme collaborator Alain Johannes, who frequently tours with QOTSA and toured with Homme's supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures. Wouldn't be surprised if he ends up touring with the band, though.
Also, the band has released tantalizing snippets from the album, over on its website.