Soundgarden finally hit on something with 1994’s ‘Superunknown.’ It helped that the rest of the nation finally caught up with their sludgy mix of Seattle punk and Sabbath-inspired doom metal. But after three albums of increasingly heavy and thundering sounds, Soundgarden reached No. 1 with a record that threw an artsy expansion pack in there. So when they followed up ‘Superunknown’ two years later with ‘Down on the Up Side,’ it was only in the natural order of things that would lead them to continue on this experimental path.
When Soundgarden released ‘Superunknown’ on March 8, 1994, it was more than just a case of being in the right place at the right time. The Seattle band’s fourth album certainly sounded like it was tailor-made for the grunge era, with its downplayed, muddy, almost-metal guitars and Chris Cornell’s pained howls, but it was destined for bigger things from the start.
Soundgarden are headed back out on the road. Fresh off a round of U.S. dates in support of last year's 'King Animal,' their first album in more than 15 years, the veteran grunge goliaths have announced a second U.S. tour leg that's slated to kick off on May 3 in Atlantic City, N.J., and roll through May 28 in Broomfield, Colo.
Soundgarden have unveiled a new video for ‘By Crooked Steps’ – directed by none other than the Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl – in which the band plays a Segway gang that invades and takes over a dark nightclub. Pay close attention at the end of the clip to catch an appearance by Deadmau5.
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell strapped on the old axe during his band's performance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' last night (Nov. 27), locking into a tight groove with guitarist Kim Thayil on 'By Crooked Steps' (watch above), a deep cut from the band's recent comeback album, 'King Animal.'
The last time Soundgarden made an album, grunge was still a thing people could talk about without rolling their eyes. Unlike so many of their contemporaries, who dragged their dying careers into the ‘00s as both shame and relevance dwindled, the Seattle quartet was at the top of its game when it called it quits not long after the release of 1996’s ‘Down on the Upside.’
Soundgarden have been away too long -- their 'King Animal album, which drops Tuesday (Nov. 13), is their first album since 'Down on the Upside' arrived in 1996 -- but fans hoping to get a peek at the band in the video for new single 'Been Away Too Long' will likely be disappointed. Instead of singer Chris Cornell and co. appearing in the clip, it features a young woman being chased around an abandoned building by some soldiers in riot gear and their fierce canine friends.
Soundgarden get political on their second 'King Animal' single, 'Non-State Actor.'
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