The band’s turmoil left its mark on the music, a dark emotional resonance reflected in Homme’s distinctive wails, which take on sharper and more refined shades of pain in the album, his suffering expressed in notes that slice like a straight razor.
The essential Queens sound is intact: post-grungy, grinding hard rock with crunchy guitars and relentless rhythmic thrust; shifts into propulsive and densely churning psychedelia; slinky yet assertive stoner grooves with heavy pounding low end. But …Like Clockwork is more restrained and moody than albums past, Homme’s musings on isolation and mortality Homme’s musings on isolation, mortality, the futility of existence and other ominous topics couched in eloquent metaphor: “Holding on too long is just a fear of letting go / Because not everything that goes around comes back around you know / One thing that is clear, it’s all downhill from here” (“Like Clockwork”); “Fates favor the ones / Who help themselves / The rest feel the sting of the lash / As they row... The boat to hell” (“Kalopsia”); “Description: A spitting image of me / Except for the heart-shaped hole where the hope runs out” (“I Appear Missing”).
Chelsea Wolfe will open the show.
Tue., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. $40 - 66. Mahaffey Theater. First St. S. St. Pete. (727) 892-5767. mahaffeytheater.com. But tickets here.