In a recent announcement on Monday via the band’s Facebook page, Palm Desert, California’s Queens of the Stone Age are back in the studio recording a brand new album. The five-year gap since their last release titled Era Vulgaris (June 12, 2007) has kept fans anxious, but this new record should be worth the wait. Frontman Josh Homme has stayed busy in his off time, recording an album with a supergroup that includes Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) called Them Crooked Vultures. The self-titled album was released on November 16, 2009. The other members of QOTSA have also had their hands in side projects over the past five years.

Plans for this new Queens of the Stone Age record were discussed in 2008, shortly after the release of Era Vulgaris, but the recording phase has only recently begun. The band did some touring in 2010 and have worked on this new record intermittently. In 2011, Josh Homme stated (via London’s The Guardian) “Doing the rehearsals for the first record is really defining the new one. It’s been turning the new record into something else. What we were doing was kind of bluesy, and now it’s turned into this trancey, broken thing. The robots are back!” Look for a more experimental QOTSA album release in the very near future.

-Michael Haskoor