"Here is something you should drop to your knees for, and worship... but you're too stupid to realize it for yourselves."
Simply put, if it's "too loud," then you're too old.
People: stop trying to analyze the technical aspects of "Songs for the Deaf" like you're some kind of sound engineer hemorrhaging qualifications and insights. Go become a recording engineer and then tell me how horrible the drum sound is. I still won't give half a damn.
It seems as if a lot of people that discover bands like Queens of the Stone Age via the KFC of music, MTV, are rather high-strung for no good reason. Here's some advice: sit back, think of a quiet place -- go into your "cave" if you must -- and crank "Songs for the Deaf" on whatever stereo you might own (which might, god forbid, affect the quality of the drum sound).
How does the MUSIC sound? I'm glad you asked, unbiased music fan everyman. In short, it sounds like great rock music -- not revolutionary, but then again, about the only thing revolutionary in rock we're ever likely to see came and went with the Beatles.
Why do we want a revolution, anyway? I want to listen to music that doesn't suck.
Another simple fact of life: people slagging this album for the half-baked "concept album" approach (the fake radio DJ interludes) and its cover art need to find something better to do, like go to art auctions. Or, go to art auctions... and complain.
If you're a fan of rock music, and you have a good head on your shoulders, there is no reason at all to pass up "Songs for the Deaf."
Oh, and by the way, "Hangin' Tree" with Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees couldn't sound like a "Def Leppard b-side" if it tried.