Over The Years And Through The Woods





A mere eight months after the release of the band’s fourth album, Lullabies To Paralyze, Queens Of The Stone Age have thrust themselves back in the lime light with the exciting completion of their new live DVD and album, Over The Years And Through The Woods. This latest QOTSA installment features 30 live tracks that span the band’s 15 year career. The mass of the DVD is a culmination of consecutive performances recorded at the Brixton Academy in London and features the band’s most recent incarnation as they appeared in support of Lullabies To Paralyze. There is, however, a slew of bonus material that collects live footage as far back as the band’s self-titled debut album. True fans will certainly enjoy bad hand-held video of Josh Homme in the early '90s singing favorites like “The Bronze” and “Mexicola”, all while sporting baggy clothes and a rather unflattering bowl cut. But the majority of what appears on the DVD is classy high definition footage of QOTSA at their best. A slew of cameras placed throughout the venue capture an array of progressive angles, while the MTV-style editing techniques help intensify the experience. The DVD is no afterthought, and from a technical stand point the release of Over The Years And Through The Woods stands as one of the best live performance video recordings I’ve ever watched. The remarkable live footage is spliced with an array of random recordings that range from early performances to artistic shorts, making the journey through the DVD an nostalgic trek through the QOTSA saga. Homme’s heated performance and often vulgar audience interaction are reminiscent of small intimate venues despite the arena-rock nature of the band. This live performance provides an opportunity for QOTSA to step outside the box, making room for all those awesome guitar licks and drum solos that are obviously shortened on studio albums. Special highlights include Homme’s white leather shoes (they are killer), a brief but humorous conversation between Homme and former bassist Nick Oliveri, and a series of really wicked shots of QOTSA terrorizing the streets of London in detailed animal masks. The live DVD and album are exceptionally entertaining, and are something even non believers will enjoy.

Queens Of The Stone Age
Interscope

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