According to Rolling Stone, rock
legends Soundgarden have set a November 13
release date for
their new album. Despite not yet announcing a title for the album,
guitarist Kim Thayil tells the magazine "It re-establishes that we
still rock, we're still heavy, and we're still a little
weird." The CD will feature tracks
like "Blood On The Valley
Floor" and "A Thousand Days Before",
the latter of which "has a little Indian thing and some
chicken-pickin'," Thayil says. "We call it
'country and eastern.'"
After reuniting in 2010, the band set about writing and recording their first album of new material since 1996's 'Down On The Upside'.
The group's new song "Live To Rise" recently topped the Active Rock radio chart. The track was taken from "Avengers Assemble", the companion soundtrack to the blockbuster movie "The Avengers".
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell
recently revealed in an interview with the
New York Times that there are still 15
the band's earliest days that have yet to be recorded and
released. Cornell explained, "It was the
first 15 we wrote. It was on a cassette that
Kim [Thayil, guitarist] always referred to
as 'The First 15. 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."
Cornell continued that as a result, some of that earlier material got left behind. He said, "We just got together in our room and started writing songs and did it very quickly. And then we would sit around and discuss what that sounds like, and then over time, I think we would maybe be critical about some of the things we were writing and playing and excited about some of the new stuff we were bringing into the band."