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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 timearound, 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 rareself-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 gameDungeons and Dragons, and shortened to "Kyuss" with a slightly different lineup later in that year ...read more

Kyuss is a very influential stoner rock band, originally from Palm Desert, California. Since they achieved very little popularity in their timearound, 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 rareself-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 gameDungeons and Dragons, and shortened to "Kyuss" with a slightly different lineup later in that year. Kyuss' first line-up consisted of JohnGarcia (vocals), Joshua Homme (guitar), Nick Oliveri (bass guitar) and Brant Bjork(drums). This lineup released their debut album, Wretch in 1991 on Dali Records, but sales were sluggish even as their live shows 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 provideelectricity for the equipment. Then, Josh Homme gained a reputation for playing electric guitars through bass guitar amplifiers to create abass-heavy sound. Chris Goss produced their next album, the landmark Blues for the Red Sun (named after episode five of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, entitled "Bluesfor a Red Planet"), a critically hailed album that earned the band many accolades. Kyuss were fortunate that friends Nirvana and especially fan and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl were keen to see them achieve success, and managed to get them a spot on tourwithMetallica in Australia in 1993. Oliveri left (and was replaced by Scott Reeder) just as the group signed to Elektra Records andreleased Welcome to Sky Valley (1994),another acclaimed album. Personal problems soon tore the group apart and Bjork left following a tour,replaced by Alfredo Hernandez. In 1995 they released ...And the Circus Leaves Town. Finally, Kyuss went on indefinite hiatus in October ofthe same year. However, the group did not completely disband until 1997 when Homme and Hernandez joined up again to form Queens ofthe Stone Age (later recruiting Oliveri for bass duties),while Garcia has had several post-Kyuss projects, including Unida,Hermano and Slo Burn. Hernandez later played with Fatso,Jetson and Yawning Man. Cockrell later fronted Vic du Monte's Idiot Prayer. Kyuss's last new release was in 1997, a split EP featuring 3 Kyuss songs and 3 Queens Of The Stone Age songs. Several yearslater,a"Best Of" recording called Muchas Gracias was also released. In late 2004, on the message board of QOTSA.com, a Kyuss fan askedabout the possibility of a reunion. Homme replied that this was unlikely to happen in the near future. However, on December 20, 2005, Garciamadea guest appearance on stage with Queens of the Stone Age during the encore of their set at the Wiltern LG in Los Angeles. Theyperformed three Kyuss songs together:"Thumb", "Hurricane" and "Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop". « hide

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LPs
...And the Circus Leaves Town
1995

3.9
837 Votes
Welcome to Sky Valley
1994

4.4
1,937 Votes
Blues for the Red Sun
1992

4.3
1,521 Votes
Wretch
1991

3.4
509 Votes
EPs
Sons of Kyuss
1990

3.1
81 Votes
Demos
1989

2.7
3 Votes
Compilations
Green Machine
2018

4.3
5 Votes
Muchas Gracias: The Best of Kyuss
2000

3.7
94 Votes

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