Josh Homme returns with seventh LP from veteran rock act

Every year, it seems, music writers revive the discussion on whether or not rock is dead. It's a dumb argument (rock may not be the cultural force it once was, but in the words of Neil Young, it'll never die), and ever since Queens of the Stone Age's 1998 self-titled debut, the band has been living proof of rock's indefatigable moxie.

On the heels of QOTSA frontman Josh Homme's 2016 collaboration with Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression, and his 2015 Eagles of Death Metal record with Jesse Hughes, Zipper Down, Queens of the Stone Age returned last month with its seventh album, Villains, which finds the band in its glossiest, most accessible form since 2002 breakthrough album Songs for the Deaf.

Homme has said he penned Villains track “Fortress” for his kids, but the song could just as easily double as a statement of resolve after Homme's Eagles of Death Metal bandmates endured the horrific carnage of the 2015 terror attack at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, where the band was performing (Homme wasn't present at the time). “Every fortress falls; it is not the end,” Homme sings. “It ain't if you fall, but how you rise that says who you really are.” (Don't miss it)