Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


Formed in Palm Desert, California, USA, this quartet of school friends mixed their differing tastes to provide a blues-based retro rock sound of stunning heaviness charged with a spiritual air. The mainstream tastes of vocalist John Garcia (4 September 1970, San Manuel, Arizona, USA) and the metal background of bass player Nick Oliveri (b. 21 October 1971, Los Angeles, California, USA) blended with guitarist Josh Homme (b. Joshua Michael Homme, 17 May 1973, Palm Springs, California, USA) and drummer Brant Bjork’s penchant for Black Flag, the Misfits and the Ramones, to produce music with the groove of classic Black Sabbath but with a modern intensity and their own definite identity. Although their early efforts were unpopular in the hardcore-orientated late 80s, the band stuck doggedly with their music and were accepted as tastes broadened in the post-grunge 90s. Wretch was a decent debut, but the band found a kindred spirit in Master Of Reality leader Chris...

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