For once, I have nothing negative to say about a 90’s reunion release. Soundgarden, who got the team back together in 2010, have announced that their currently unnamed new album will be released this coming November.
If you don’t count their track for The Avengers soundtrack Avengers Assemble, this will be the first all-original release since 1996, when the grunge icons dropped Down on the Upside. However, though the tunes may be original, they might not necessarily be new. Frontman Chris Cornell explained that there are dozens of tracks the band wrote back in the day that never made it to a release, suggesting that the album might be comprised of the ‘first 15’ Soundgarden songs ever written.
“It was the first 15 we wrote. It was on a cassette that Kim [Thayil, guitarist] always referred to as ‘The First 15’.” He added, “we were a band for a couple of years before we really did much (recording) . . . when we would go in to record, we tended to record the newest things we had written, because it was what we were most excited about.”
Guitarist Kim Thayil has explained to Rolling Stone Magazine (Via Blabbermouth) that the new album “re-establishes that we still rock, we’re still heavy, and we’re still a little weird.” Live to Rise, the first release off the album, has already received outstanding critical acclaim. Other tracks that we know will be on the album such as Blood on the Valley Floor and A Thousand Days Before are sure to be met by the same reception once they are released.
Stay tuned for more updates on the release! November release you say? Soundwave, maybe? Probably not, sorry. But we will find out tomorrow! (fingers crossed)