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Looking for really fuzzy, heavy rock...Similar to Queens of the Stone Age and Death from Above 1979. Suggestions?

Asked by boxbubble (31points) December 20th, 2009

Looking for more bands that sound like this:

Key words here are: Fuzzy riffs, heavy distortion, and simplicity (drums, bass, and/or guitar – nothing fancy).

Not looking for: Metal bands, hardcore/punk pands, guitar solos, screaming/yelling singers


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proXXi's avatar

Not so heavy but it will give you your fuzz fix: Early Jesus and Mary Chain.

whiteroseman's avatar

Orange Goblin, Fu Manchu, Kyuss (Josh Homme’s band before QotSA), Bigelf, Mondo Generator and the grandfathers of this style, Hawkwind. Enjoy.

TominLasVegas's avatar

Helmet,Melvins,Von Bondies,Libertines.

PretentiousArtist's avatar

Electric Wizard
This is doom metal though, not sure if you’ll like it

boxbubble's avatar

About to check out a lot of these and report back to everyone. Already heard Jesus and Mary Chain and while it’s definitely fuzzy, you’re right in that it isn’t quite heavy enough. Still a great band though.

boxbubble's avatar

Upon further research, it looks like the genre I’m looking for is “noise rock”

TominLasVegas's avatar

try Ministry too.

proXXi's avatar

Yay Ministry, Yay Revolting Cocks!! Lurve!

Ministry’s Jesus Built My Hotrod blew my mind!

boxbubble's avatar

@PretentiousArtist – Electric Wizard wasn’t right on target to match what I was looking for, but it certainly was rocking. I’m checking out more of them, as well as Sleep.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

The Revolting Cocks!
The Eagles of Death Metal
Bad Religion
Butthole Surfers

mrentropy's avatar

My Bloody Valentine is pretty fuzzy.

Blondesjon's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence . . . lurve for AJ. one of my fave frontmen.

Sarcasm's avatar

Check out Them Crooked Vultures.
It’s got Josh Homme (Qotsa), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana).
May want to check this page. A list of artists on that may be similar to Queens of the Stone Age.

lloydbird's avatar

I second what @Sarcasm just said (According to my musically astute daughter.)
Myself, I would offer any Elbow – for quality fuzz.
Especially the ‘Asleep in the back.’ album.

forestGeek's avatar

G.I.S.M. is one of the fuzziest bands I know.

mrentropy's avatar

I guess Neds Atomic Dustbin is kind of fuzzy, too.

PupnTaco's avatar

Them Crooked Vultures & The Black Keys.

dalepetrie's avatar

Well, most if not all of this is mentioned, but I’ll try to add a bit of substance in hopes it might help.

First off, if you are a QOTSA fan, particularly of the guitar work, what you’re hearing is by and large Josh Homme. Homme is considered a pioneer of what is known as “Stoner Metal” and “Desert Metal” via his first band, Kyuss, which was originally known as Sons of Kyuss. Kyuss’ most well known line up comprised of Homme on guitar, Nick Oliveri on bass (who was the other founding member of QOTSA but was kicked out by Homme, however Oliveri continued on with his other band Mondo Generator), John Garcia on vocals and Brant Bjork on drums (though there was a different bassist both before and after Oliveri, and I believe one other drummer besides Bjork).

After forming QOTSA, Homme began to produce a number of albums known as “The Desert Sessions” featuring other musicians from the Palm Desert scene including PJ Harvey, Jeordie White (of Marilyn Manson), Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork from Kyuss, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, the Gutter Twins, Twilight Singers), John McBain (Monster Magnet), Ben Sheppard (Soundgarden), Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, The Vandals, Devo, Guns N Roses, Weezer), and many others. Homme also formed Eagles of Death Metal, which is more of a rockabilly band than a stoner metal band, and features Homme on drums, not vocals or guitars. More recently as someone mentioned, Homme formed Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).

Oliveri is in addition to Mondo Generator, a solo artist, and a member of the Dwarves, and has worked with Auf Der Maur (Hole’s guitarist’s side project), Mark Lanegan and others.

Garcia has been in 3 other bands…Slo Burn, Unida and Hermano, and has done a lot of session work with other bands, perhaps the best of which was with the Canadian trio Danko Jones on their last 2 albums.

Brant Bjork has worked with Fu Manchu and as a solo artist.

If you follow the bands just the members of Kyuss have played with, you end up finding all sorts of connections…the Melvins, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Monster Magnet, Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantomas, Mr. Bungle, Tomohawk, Peeping Tom). And if that doesn’t give you enough to work with, check out this list of stoner rock groups.

IsthmusCrypticus's avatar

You might be interested in Kyuss. It was the band Josh Homme was in before forming Queens of the Stoneage. They also have that deep, basey, fuzzy sound that QOTSA produces.

dalepetrie's avatar

@IsthmusCrypticus – per my quip above, I was a HUGE Kyuss fan. Got to see them live with Fishbone and Biohazard back in ‘94.

Dan337's avatar

Here’s a website designed to answer your question:

If you’re in the United States, United Kingdom, or Germany, you can listen to a random mix of the listed artists (after a brief commercial message*) by clicking the “Listen to . . . Radio” button or the following links:

I hope that’s helpful. Below is more information a brief diatribe. It reads a bit like an advert, is biased, and is only indirectly relevant to your question, so skip it if you like. I include it because I think it might help you and others hook up with more music they like.

To, ”x is similar to y” means that many people who listen to x also listen to y (or conversely). Thus, it may be the case that the bands listed don’t actually sound like those you mentioned, but it’s very likely at least some of them will appeal to you. (This is why works so much better than Pandora.**)’s data on who listens to what is provided voluntarily by its users via an open-source technology called ”scrobbling”. If you sign up for a free account and start scrobbling your own listening habits—the most popular (and many unpopular) Linux, Mac, and Windows audio players and devices are supported—’s suggestions rapidly get eerily good.

Now that I’ve stated my own prejudice I should let you make up your own mind: You might want also to try Pandora, which employs musicians to classify each and every song (”one song at a time”) according to a list of almost four-hundred pedantically superficial criteria. It’s therefore not bad at playing tracks which are superficially like whatever artist you request, and to be fair** many people quite like it.

Pandora can’t suggest anything too obscure for its bean-counters to have heard, while knows about artists who have have no commercial releases. (To the extent that they are scrobbled, also knows about podcasts, audiobooks, old radio shows, and television shows. And it’s a wiki.)

Sorry for the editorial.**** Here’s another site about which I know nothing except that it’s popular and appears to have features similar***** to Pandora’s:

Warning: According to Wikipedia, Jango features ”[p]op-up ads” and it’s ”[i]mpossible to cancel [a] personal account” without “emailing the administrators”. (So now I do know something about it.) Use any of these services at your own risk. Consult a doctor if you are taking sedatives or tranquilizers.

Everyone loves hyperlinks:

* With the officially client or any of dozens of open-source players and plug-ins, you can listen ad-free.
** In my humble opinion. Your mileage, as they say, may vary.
*** OK, less unfair?
**** But not sorry enough to omit it.
***** That is to say it has a similar “similar” feature.

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