No band can really be expected to make the best thing that they’ve ever done when they walk into a studio. Every now and again the well is going to run dry and you’re not going to be able to come up with something that will stand the test of time like your earlier work. It’s never an easy thing to come to terms with, but these bands haven’t seemed to grasp the meaning of the word ‘dud.’
For every single project that these acts have worked on, none of them could really be considered bad by any stretch. Though there are definitely some here that are put on a much higher pedestal than others, every one of them holds up as nice slices of rock and roll. No band gets to be one of the biggest bands in the world by just writing the same kind of song over and over again though, and each of these bands have gotten better by improving their sound in different ways.
Going outside of their comfort zone more often than not, every one of the albums to come from these bands have left a much better impression for the listener, going from strength to strength or just in a bold new direction that none of us were ready for. Other bands might try to chase trends to keep themselves in the public eye, but as far as these acts are concerned, we really need to catch up with them most of the time.
10. Queens of the Stone Age
After coming out of the ashes of Kyuss, Josh Homme never really wanted to go back to the same stoner rock well again and again. From the minute that Queens of the Stone Age was formed, this was a band that was meant to be almost fluid in nature, like a jam session being comprised of all of Homme's friends making music for fun. Ever since their debut though, they actually turned into a pretty stable band along the way.
While Homme's voice is the real signature of the project, every single one of the band's albums seems to have its own unique character, with the first one being most indebted to the stoner rock sound of Kyuss. Once Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan were brought in though, the sound of songs off of Rated R and Songs for the Deaf had a lot more grit behind them, trading in the doomy riffs for some of the most visceral rock and roll you have ever heard. Even when Oliveri left the fold though, Josh had enough confidence to keep everything moving full speed ahead.
No longer wanting to stay only in the field of conventional rock, every Queens albums since Songs for the Deaf has had its own unique character, like the robot rock stylings of Era Vulgaris, the nonstop party of Villains, and meditating on your own mortality on Like Clockwork. With years of experience, Homme seemed to learn that you only get to do this rock star gig once, so you may as well do what you want whenever you can.