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Kyuss

Kyuss is a very influential stoner rock band, originally from Palm Desert, California. Since they achieved very little popularity in their time around, they are sometimes considered a heavy metal Velvet Underground.

The band was originally formed in 1989 under the name Sons of Kyuss until the release of their first album,when the band released the rare self-titled EP Sons of Kyuss, still with Chris Cockrell on bass locally in 1990. The name Sons of Kyuss was taken from the role playing game Dungeons and Dragons, and shortened to "Kyuss" with a slightly different lineup later in ...read more

Kyuss is a very influential stoner rock band, originally from Palm Desert, California. Since they achieved very little popularity in their time around, they are sometimes considered a heavy metal Velvet Underground.

The band was originally formed in 1989 under the name Sons of Kyuss until the release of their first album,when the band released the rare self-titled EP Sons of Kyuss, still with Chris Cockrell on bass locally in 1990. The name Sons of Kyuss was taken from the role playing game Dungeons and Dragons, and shortened to "Kyuss" with a slightly different lineup later in that year. Kyuss' first line-up consisted of John Garcia (vocals),Joshua Homme (guitar), NickOliveri (bass guitar)andBrantBjork(drums). This lineup released their debut album, Wretch in 1991 on Dali Records, butsaleswere sluggishevenastheirliveshows gained fame. They performed all around southern California, frequently at parties in the desert which were referred to as "generator parties" because of the use of gasoline-powered generators to provide electricity for the equipment.Then,Josh Homme gained a reputation for playing electric guitars through bass guitar amplifiers to create a bass-heavy sound.

Chris Goss produced their next album, the landmark Blues for the Red Sun (named after episode five ofCarlSagan'sCosmos,entitled"Blues foraRedPlanet"), a critically hailed album that earned the band many accolades. Kyusswerefortunatethatfriends Nirvana andespeciallyfanandNirvana drummer Dave Grohl were keen to see themachievesuccess,andmanaged to get them a spot on tour with MetallicainAustralia in 1993. Oliveri left (and wasreplaced byScottReeder)just as the group signed to Elektra Records and released Welcome toSkyValley(1994), anotheracclaimedalbum.Personalproblems soon tore the group apart and Bjork left following a tour, replaced byAlfredoHernandez.In1995theyreleased...And the Circus Leaves Town. Finally, Kyuss went on indefinite hiatus in October of the sameyear.However,thegroupdidnotcompletely disband until 1997 when Homme and Hernandez joined up again to form Queensof theStoneAge (laterrecruitingOliveri forbassduties), while Garcia has had several post-Kyuss projects, includingUnida,Hermanoand Slo Burn.Hernandez later played with FatsoJetsonandYawning Man. Cockrell later fronted Vic du Monte'sIdiotPrayer.

Kyuss's last new release was in 1997, a split EP featuring 3 Kyuss songs and 3 Queens Of The StoneAgesongs.Severalyears later, a"BestOf"recording called Muchas Gracias was also released. In late 2004, on the messageboardofQOTSA.com,a Kyuss fan asked about the possibilityofareunion. Homme replied that this was unlikely to happen inthenearfuture.However, on December 20, 2005, Garcia made a guestappearanceonstagewith Queens of theStoneAgeduring theencore of their set at the Wiltern LG in Los Angeles. They performedthreeKyusssongstogether:"Thumb","Hurricane" and"Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop". « hide

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LPs
...And the Circus Leaves Town
1995

3.9
546 Votes
Welcome to Sky Valley
1994

4.4
1,182 Votes
Blues for the Red Sun
1992

4.3
1,009 Votes
Wretch
1991

3.4
321 Votes
EPs
Sons Of Kyuss
1990

3.1
44 Votes
Compilations
Muchas Gracias: The Best of Kyuss
2000

3.7
71 Votes

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