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With this set's first single—the immediate anthem "Been Away Too Long"—Soundgarden announces its return after a 16-year hiatus that saw the rock world lose serious ground to prefab pop stars. Here, Soundgarden comes band in unaltered form. Everything that made the albums Badmotorfinger, Superunknown, and Down on the Upside such riveting '90s hard rock is present in full force. Where most current arena-rock bands nod toward the pop market, Soundgarden steeps itself in the tough riffs that built its reputation. "By Crooked Steps" features a mammoth riff that stutters and jams like Led Zeppelin at its epic best. "A Thousand Days Before" centers on a circuitous riff that winds and snakes through complex terrain. "Bones of Birds" captures the beauty of the group's minor-key dirges where it evokes the very best of the early '70s and mixes it to Soundgarden strength. While singer Chris Cornell is the band's obvious focal point, guitarist Kim Thayil brings the firepower that takes standard-issue hard rock and turns it into something far more sustainable and unique in the long run. 

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easy to listen to

Just listening to it for the first time right now, but I was so suprised at how easy it was to listen to. I am really liking the sounds and relatively mellow feel. Cornell sounds good. I felt that Audioslave sounded forced at times, he sounds more right with these guys. It's one of the reasons they were so good the first time around. Personally, this listen just makes me want more. I wouldn't compare it to one of the previous albums. Just like all the others, this one is different from the rest. Each Soundgarden album has its own feel.

Welcome Back!

I really like the new album. The Avengers single was ho-hum, and "Been Away Too Long" isn't their strongest work, either. But "Non-State Actor" seems ilke a genuine rocker of a single. It's got the guitar licks, Matt's awesome drumming, and of course, the requisite Cornell scream. I think it's going to grow on people, and I know they'll put on a helluva show.
It's not Badmotorfinger, but then the following two albums weren't either.

1st review !! Soundgarden is back!!

There could not have been a more appropriate song title for them to come back with after a lengthy layoff than
"been gone way too long" . They have teased us with a few rockin singles lately and cannot wait for the new album!!


Formed: 1984 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

Soundgarden made a place for heavy metal in alternative rock. Their fellow Seattle rockers Green River may have spearheaded the grunge sound, but they relied on noise rock in the vein of the Stooges. Similarly, Jane's Addiction were too fascinated with prog rock and performance art to appeal to a wide array of metal fans. Soundgarden, however, developed directly out of the grandiose blues-rock of Led Zeppelin and the sludgy, slow riffs of Black Sabbath. Which isn't to say they were a straight-ahead...
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