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Kyuss (pronounced /ˈkaɪ.əs/ KYE-əs), now known as Kyuss Lives!, is an influential American stoner rock/metal band, originally from Palm Desert, California. After forming in the late 1980s and releasing an EP under the name Sons of Kyuss in 1990, the band shortened its name to Kyuss. Over the next five years the band released four full-length albums, and one last EP compilation in 1997 entitled "Queens of the Stone Age". This nicely tied up the loose ends of Kyuss and introduced the sound of the popular band Queens of the Stone Age, which several Kyuss members later joined.

The band's only continuous members were vocalist John Garcia and guitarist Josh Homme, but also featured Brant Bjork, Nick Oliveri, Scott Reeder, Alfredo Hernandez, and Chris Cockrell. Kyuss split up in 1995, and since then, members of Kyuss have gone on to form or play in several notable bands including Queens of the Stone Age, Fu Manchu, Dwarves, Brant Bjork, Eagles of Death Metal, Mondo Generator, Hermano, Unida, Slo Burn and Them Crooked Vultures. However, in November 2010, Kyuss announced a reunion as Kyuss Lives!, who plan to tour and release a new album in 2011.[3] Guitarist Bruno Fevery will be filling in for Homme, who has always discouraged talk of a reunion.



As Katzenjammer and Sons of Kyuss (1988–1990)

The band formed in 1988 jamming under the name Katzenjammer (German slangword for "Hangover" [archaic]) before eventually deciding upon Sons of Kyuss. The name was taken from the undead monster found in the 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game book Fiend Folio.[4] In 1989 the band recorded their eponymous debut EP, Sons of Kyuss, which was their only release to feature Chris Cockrell on bass. After self-releasing the EP in 1990, the band recruited Nick Oliveri – who had previously played second guitar in Katzenjammer – to replace Cockrell on bass, and shortened their name to Kyuss.

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