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August 16, 2012 / jhsaeger

Soundgarden Finalizes Their New Album, Seattle Band’s First Record since 1996

    Welcome back, Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, and Ben Shepherd. In the forthcoming issue of Rolling Stone, the highly-influential Seattle band Soundgarden will announce the release of their long-awaited, not-yet-titled new record on November 13. Soundgarden’s first record since 1996’s Down On The Upside, the new album had been in the works for quite some time. On January 1, 2010, Chris Cornell had announced the comeback via twitter with the tease, “Knight of the Soundtable Ride Again.” Since that moment, there has been a lot of waiting and promising and delaying of the new record. 
   The album has been alleged to contain much of the same style that the band evolved into later in their career, with Down On The Upside being referenced during interviews with Cornell. While the band had been touring recently, the absence of good material from a songwriter of Cornell’s caliber has been missed and it will be interesting to see if the band can put together something substantial after such a lengthy absence. Soundgarden haven’t been too rusty, either, with Matt Cameron serving as the dummer for Pearl Jam and Chris Cornell performing with Audioslave and crafting solo material. Cornell’s last project and collaboration with producer Timbaland was not exactly a sonic masterpiece. Hopefully, their reunion will return him and his bandmates to their former selves and not more of the Scream album. 

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