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Queens of the Stone Age Offer Another Cryptic Letter About New Album

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Queens of the Stone Age are having some fun leading up to the release of their next album. Though a firm release date or title have yet to be announced, that hasn’t stopped the band from having fun with a few media outlets, sending letters that may or may not contain clues as to what the next album will be.

Their latest was addressed to U.K. rock mag, Kerrang!, and it follows previously created missives addressed to fellow Brit-mags Uncut and Mojo. Just like the past two offerings, this letter is handwritten with some cleverly drawn artwork and some themes are beginning to come to light.

For instance, the new letter seems to follow the trend of clocks appearing in each posting. In this letter, a disembodied arm is filled with wrist-watches, all of them approaching 9:00, which would go along with a previous message about how the author of the letter had “almost dialed 999.” Plus, this letter also makes mention of “Cloud 9,” heavily suggesting that the number has something to do with the new album.

As for the text of the new message, feel free to grab whatever clues you can from it. It reads as follows:

DEAR KERRANG,

…SOME THINGS YOU CAN’T FIX SO…

ON THIS RECORD WE CAME TO A REALIZATION: THE BEST TRICK OF ALL, IS NO TRICK AT ALL

THE SONGS ARE A REAL TIME DOCUMENT OF THE MANIC UPS AND DOWNS OF THE LAST YEAR. IT CAN’T ALWAYS RUN LIKE CLOCKWORK.

SO RATHER THAN CONTROL THE DIRECTION OF THE RECORDINGS, WE DECIDED TO RIDE SHOTGUN ON OUR EMOTIONAL BANDWAGON. WE EMBRACED OUR EVIL, HELD THE HORRIBLE, LICKED THE LUNACY AND BLEW THE BEAUTIFUL. AS A RESULT, WE’RE ON CLOUD 9.

I CAN’T WRITE ANYMORE CAUSE MY PHONE’S DYING,

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

While the cryptic clues continue, there are a few things we can confirm. Dave Grohl has returned on drums for the band’s new album, but won’t be touring with the group. In addition, Josh Homme‘s crew has received a number of guest contributions on the disc, including appearances by Elton John, Trent Reznor, Nick Oliveri, Jake Shears and Mark Lanegan.

To make your own observations about the messages and artwork, check out all three letters here, here and here and let us know what you think it all means in the comments section below.

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