Soundgarden release their sixth studio album next month, their first since 1996’s Down on the Upside.
Here’s an early track-by-track review from that august journal of king-sized riffs and big widdly solos, Metal Hammer. There’s also an interview with erudite guitarist Kim Thayil, struggling a little with some inane questions (perhaps he’s more of a Kerrang! person).
One new track, ‘Live to Rise’, appeared on the soundtrack for the New Avengers film, and the band have also released a few sneak previews of other tracks, including album opener and appropriately titled ‘Been Away Too Long’.
Renowned for their musical abilities and unusual time signatures, thoughtful lyrics, and fusion of punk attitudes with monstrous riffs, Soundgarden were arguably the central pillar of the Seattle rock scene back in the day before grunge exploded on the world, being the first Seattle band to make it big outside of Washington state.
The reformed band – back after a 13-year hiatus – supported Sabbath at Donington this ‘summer’ before then themselves headlining at Hyde Park; they return to London to play at (Ben) Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 9 November. As for Pearl Jam‘s show there in 2009, tickets will be like gold dust!
Matt Cameron, when not back in Soundgarden, keeps himself out of mischief as the drummer for Pearl Jam. When asked recently about the prospect of the two bands playing together live sometime, he confessed it was very unlikely: not being 25 any more, he wouldn’t have the energy to play two full sets in a night. Considering his schedule this year – both bands have been on the road alongside recording new albums – it’s impressive enough that he finds the time and energy to class up both joints, so I don’t think we can begrudge him ruling out a Seattle touring dream ticket!