It’s good to have Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA) back. Their last album – Era Vulgaris – came out in 2007 and fans of the band have had to make due with reissues of old albums (Queens of the Stone Age and Rated R) and side projects (like the great Them Crooked Vultures).

Now, a new album — …Like Clockwork – is coming out on June 4th, and the robots are rumbling back to life with the new single “My God Is the Sun.”

Dave Grohl is playing drums on the new album, just as he did on Songs for the Deaf – which is arguably QOTSA’s best album.  It’s easy to expect the new material to sound like Songs for the Deaf because of this connection, but that’s not so.  Instead, “My God Is the Sun” sounds more like the follow-up, Lullabies to Paralyze.

Like Lullabies, the song is dark, brooding, and not quite hummable. There’s nothing too immediate about the song (unlike past “hits” “No One Knows” and “Little Sister”), but it does get better with more and more plays, and from the song’s very first measure it’s obviously QOTSA. I can’t wait for more.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5