Nick Oliv­eri

N.O. Hits At All Vol. 3

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Reissues - Mark Beau­mont

More fe­ro­ciously fun anti-hits from ex-QOTSA bass ma­niac.

As be­fits QOTSA’s erst­while naked bass devil, it’s a ballsy move for Nick Oliv­eri to go vir­tu­ally head-to-head against the new Queens al­bum with the third in a series of six-track com­pi­la­tions proudly trum­pet­ing his rel­a­tive lack of suc­cess. Still, there’s some­thing fan­tas­ti­cally no-fucks-given about the project, col­lect­ing tracks Oliv­eri has sung on with a re­volv­ing collection of bands and mu­si­cians, here in­clud­ing

Kyuss Lives!, Melissa Auf der Maur, Dwarves and a drum­mer called Rec­tom.

Here he goes, com­ing on like Robert Plant with his lar­ynx on fire on R’N’R Out­law by Royal Dae­mons, rant­ing man­i­cally through the oil-smoke garage blues of Dwarves’ Luv Is Fic­tion and rev­el­ling in his metal­lic desert psych roots on Kyuss Lives!’s anti-in­dus­try an­them Kyuss Dies! – ‘Here come the suits and ties, Kyuss dies!’

Judg­ing by his fren­zied ren­di­tion of Sab­bath’s The Mob Rules with Auf der Maur and the none-less-coun­try Coun­try As Fuck with Plan B, QOTSA are a far tamer beast with­out him.

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