Josh Homme gives NME.COM a world exclusive preview of the biggest metal album of 2005…

Queens Of The Stone Age have given the world exclusive first interview about their new album – and revealed their bizarre new line-up.

Following the sacking of bass player Nick Oliveri earlier this year, our exclusive new picture shows a shady OAP posing as member of the band!

Band lynchpin Josh Homme has spoken to NME.COM about the process of making the forthcoming ‘Lullabies To Paralyse’ following the acrimonious departure the bassist.

And four months on from completing the record, Homme confessed: “I’m addicted to it, I need to take it every day.”

The band took the title from a lyric in ‘Mosquito Song’, the bonus track on previous album ‘Songs For The Deaf’.

Homme explained how ‘Lullabies To Paralyse’ took a similar approach to his ongoing Desert Sessions project.

“The first thing we did was to go out to the Joshua Tree and move our own kit,” he said. “We decided it was time we lugged our own amplifiers. But the Queens Of The Stone Age has always been a more focused version of the Desert Sessions anyway.”

Homme’s girlfriend and Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle and Garbage singer Shirley Manson both turn up on a track called ‘Man, You’ve Got Quite A Scene Going There’.

However, Homme told NME.COM: “The rule was actually to have no collaborators, so I guessed I fucked up. But we decided we needed some bitches.”

Homme said of the finished album: “I feel like all through the years we’ve been learning to be Queens Of The Stone Age, and now we’ve finally got there. This is the distillation of everything we’ve been doing. I’d say that every song sounds like it’s underneath a lamppost, at nighttime. I guess it’s dark and romantic.”

‘Lullabies To Paralyse’ is released on March 21 through Interscope. The band are expected to return to the UK for live dates in February.