KYUSS

Stoner Metal • United States
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Kyuss were an American Stoner metal band formed in 1988. Originally named Katzenjammer until 1989 and then Sons Of Kyuss until they became known as just Kyuss in 1991. They probably are as equally famous for supplying several members of the popular band Queens Of the Stone Age. They released 5 albums before disbanding in October 1995. Guitarist Josh Homme gained a reputation for his unique downtuned, psychedelic style of guitar playing, and his convention of playing electric guitars through bass guitar amplifiers to create a bass-heavy sound, this became the Kyuss sound. Their debut "Wretch" was poorly produced and sales mirrored the production, however, it wasn't until their sophomore effort "Blues For The Red Sun" was released, after finally matching their live sound to a studio album, that they received critical acclaim and given the deserved title as the "pioneers of Stoner Metal".

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KYUSS Discography

KYUSS albums / top albums

KYUSS Wretch album cover 2.79 | 11 ratings
Wretch
Stoner Metal 1991
KYUSS Blues For The Red Sun album cover 3.99 | 32 ratings
Blues For The Red Sun
Stoner Metal 1992
KYUSS Welcome To Sky Valley album cover 4.44 | 43 ratings
Welcome To Sky Valley
Stoner Metal 1994
KYUSS ...And The Circus Leaves Town album cover 4.10 | 17 ratings
...And The Circus Leaves Town
Stoner Metal 1995

KYUSS EPs & splits

KYUSS Sons Of Kyuss album cover 2.50 | 5 ratings
Sons Of Kyuss
Stoner Metal 1990
KYUSS Shine! / Short Term Memory Loss album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Shine! / Short Term Memory Loss
Stoner Metal 1996
KYUSS Kyuss / Queens Of The Stone Age album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Kyuss / Queens Of The Stone Age
Stoner Metal 1997

KYUSS live albums

KYUSS Live At The Marquee Club album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live At The Marquee Club
Stoner Metal 1994

KYUSS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

KYUSS re-issues & compilations

KYUSS Muchas Gracias: The Best Of Kyuss album cover 3.93 | 7 ratings
Muchas Gracias: The Best Of Kyuss
Stoner Metal 2000

KYUSS singles (9)

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Thong Song
Stoner Metal 1992
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Green Machine
Stoner Metal 1993
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Sky Valley Part 2
Stoner Metal 1994
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Demon Cleaner
Stoner Metal 1994
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Demon Cleaner Part 2
Stoner Metal 1994
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3.50 | 2 ratings
One Inch Man
Stoner Metal 1995
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Sky Valley Part III
Stoner Metal 1995
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Gardenia
Stoner Metal 1995
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Into The Void / Fatso Forgetso
Stoner Metal 1996

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KYUSS Reviews

KYUSS Wretch

Album · 1991 · Stoner Metal
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Kyuss’ debut album is an incredibly generic affair even though it helps set the stage for a new genre of metal. They aren’t really doing anything super unique though, just making the already existent Stoner Rock a bit heavier. Some of the songs have some really fun, groovy riffs and rhythms, namely the first two tracks and the beginning of “The Law.” Unfortunately, “the Law” is a nearly 8-minute track that cannot hold that momentum for even a fraction of it’s runtime.

Therein lies a huge problem here; though it has its moments, every song is overlong and repetitive, and for some reason, usually repeating boring chords as opposed to the riffs that are actually good. The songwriting is very standard, the lyrics suck, and the vocals are annoying. Even if you like “fun” metal, I don’t see this doing too much. Not bad by any means, but not to my taste.

KYUSS ...And The Circus Leaves Town

Album · 1995 · Stoner Metal
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After only one EP (as Sons Of Kyuss) and three full albums KYUSS was running out of steam when they released their fifth and final offering ...AND THE CIRCUS LEAVES TOWN, which sounds like a perfect title for an ending of the great ride. Another lineup change would be the only album with Alfredo Hernandez on drums but he would go on to join Queens Of The Stone Age, the next step for Josh Homme and indeed this album sounds a lot like a transition between KYUSS and QofSA. The doomy fuzzed out riffs are a full stoner metal assault with a nonchalant laid back feel with lots of heavy riffing, tasty licks and bass, bass and more bass.

This album gets a bad rep for being inferior to the previous ones and granted it is not as perfect as “Welcome To Sky Valley” but it is a fun listen in its own right. It has one good track after another offers a few surprises along the way. The only thing I find irritating is the last track “Spaceship Landing” ends and then has several minutes of silence and then a tiny bit more then several more minutes of silence and then finally after 32 minutes an ending of depressive musical poetry lamenting about how time has come and gone. I guess a eulogy for the death of a great band.

Yes you can skip it but if you wanna hear the whole thing for the first time you have to sit through a bunch of silence and hear your own stupid thoughts and if you are as stoned as this music hopes you are then that could result in some totally messed up scene! Just for the record, no drugs were consumed in the writing of this review and you certainly don't need to go there to enjoy this music.

KYUSS Welcome To Sky Valley

Album · 1994 · Stoner Metal
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WELCOME TO SKY VALLEY is the classic alternative doom metal album by frontman Josh Homme and crew where doomy stoner rock has never been so convincing that it's not Sabbath! Just when you think they might be straying too close they do something unexpected keeping this album fresh and free-flowing throughout its entire run. As with Josh's successor Queens Of The Stone Age, the subject matter often depicts the inland desert lifestyles of Palm Desert and vicinity and the road trips that occur when navigating throughout its vastness.

Traces of funk, Hendrix inspired psychedelic riffs and Iommi influenced lead guitars drenched in feedback and fuzz, swingin bass, hippie inspired drumming and even some excellent acoustic guitar work all tuned way down make this stoner metal more addictive than the drugs that may or may not have been used for its creation! The beauty of this album is it takes you where the grunge acts of the day would only hint at. It's no wonder this album is so revered. It's just that freakin' good!

KYUSS Welcome To Sky Valley

Album · 1994 · Stoner Metal
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Warthur
Welcome to Sky Valley polishes and refines the approach of Blues For the Red Sun into a classic stoner doom album of monolithic, fuzzed-out riffs, tripped-out subject matter, groovy rhythms and just enough alternative metal influence to stop things sliding into outright Sabbath-worship. Injecting thick doses of doped-out toked-up psychedelia into the metal landscape to an extent not seen since... well, since their previous album, Kyuss have created an iconic piece of art which captures perfectly the lonely desert landscapes depicted on the front cover. Any exploration of stoner doom would be well advised to start out in Sky Valley, because in this subgenre all roads lead back here.

KYUSS Blues For The Red Sun

Album · 1992 · Stoner Metal
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Warthur
It all came together for Kyuss on this album, in which the band expanded the vocabulary of doom metal by incorporating a hefty injection of grunge influence (and inhaling copious amounts of something else besides). The band's confident stoner anthems pointed the way to a new style of doom, based not on retro-worship of classic 1970s bands or the operatic gloom of Candlemass/Solitude Aeturnus but a fusion of classic heavy riffs with modern musical influences - thematically uniting these ingredients through the generation-spanning appreciation of the green herb. But you don't need to toke up to appreciate this laid-back slacker-metal classic, with pieces like Thong Song combining crushing riffs with endearingly goofy lyrics.

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