Queens of the Stone Age have revealed plans to begin recording their new album in January. Keyboard player Dean Fertita told Billboard.com that the band will head into the studio to begin work on the follow up to 2007's Era Vulgaris within the next month.

"Everybody seems excited and ready to go. We've got so many ideas started already; I guess we'll see what turns out to be everybody's favorite. It's very much still (Josh Homme's) band, but I think all of us really feel like we've found our space in it and can contribute to it as well."

The record will be QOTSA's sixth album overall, with a title and release date yet to be decided.

Meanwhile, Fertita also revealed that the Dead Weather are currently taking a break after the release of their second record 'Sea of Cowards' but hope to work together again in the future. He also spoke to Billboard about his recent solo project, Hello=Fire.

"I was surprised at the end of the whole thing that it sounded as cohesive as it did. I think I was lucky in the fact that I was able to do most of the recording with guys that I've been plying with for awhile; whoever was around and felt like going in the studio for a day and making some music, that's who played on the record. There wasn't anything pre-conceived about it; the mood of everybody who was in the room that day is kind of where this went. It was a really simplified approach."