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Eagles of Death Metal

Once upon a time, rock 'n' roll was about sex, drugs and partying. Classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin and KISS epitomized this image, while hair-metal bands like Poison and Motley Crue took it to a whole new level. Thanks to the Eagles of Death Metal and their third album, Heart On, sex, drugs and partying have returned to rock music.

Comprising Jesse Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme, EoDM prove that they are more than just a side project. Heart On's 40 minutes combine elements of the guitar-driven classic rock of the '70s, with hints of blues and folk influences.

Lyrically, Heart On displays a ribald hilarity that would make even Tenacious D blush. EoDM offer pimping lessons on the opening track, "Anything 'Cept the Truth," driven by a beat from a tambourine and clapping hands. "Solo Flights," an ode to masturbation, is chock-full of great one-liners like, "I keep a tight grip on myself," and, "Nobody does me like I do." "Make some room for your daddy 'cause he gonna make a landing tonight," Hughes belts hysterically on the sexually charged "I'm Your Torpedo."

True to its cheeky title, Heart On hearkens back to the days when rock 'n' roll was good-old-fashioned, sleazy-and-dangerous fun.

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