Soundgarden will release their first all-new album in 16 years, 'King Animal' on November 13th. The first single, 'Been Away Too Long,' will be available on September 27th. The band have released a new promo trailer for the album which you can view below.
According to a press release, the writing and recording of the album was a true collaborative effort. Riotous album opener and first single 'Been Away Too Long' finds Soundgarden back at it with a double-edged blast of homecoming celebration and urban angst. King Animal can be explosive, as in 'Blood On The Valley Floor', nightmarish ('Worse Dreams') or wistful ('Halfway There'), leading us through changing sonic landscapes that can embrace both the jazz inflections of 'Black Saturday' and the feral rocker 'Attrition', with compelling lyrics by bassist Ben Shepherd. The subject matter is broad - Kim Thayil’s lyrics for 'Non-State Actor' are a sharp and cynical take on the powers behind political thrones, while Cornell’s bruised and introspective 'Bones of Birds' explores the terrors and vulnerabilities of parenthood.
Soundgarden remain a truly ‘alternative’ band as they embark on the next chapter of their journey, steadfast in their roots with 15 years of growth behind them. King Animal follows the musical evolution of one of the world’s most ground breaking bands. This is a long awaited return for both the band and fans alike.
'King Animal' Track Listing:
1. Been Away Too Long
2. Non-State Actor
3. By Crooked Steps
4. A Thousand Days Before
5. Blood On The Valley Floor
6. Bones of Birds
9. Black Saturday
10. Halfway There
11. Worse Dreams
12. Eyelid's Mouth
Soundgarden have announced 'King Animal' as the title of their new album, and released a picture of what looks to be the new album cover, which is due on November 13th. Check out a preview of the track 'Worse Dreams' from the album below. Other announced track titles on the album include 'Blood On The Valley Floor' and 'A Thousand Days Before,' the latter of which guitarist Kim Thayil has said "has a little Indian thing and some chicken-pickin'. We call it 'country and eastern.'"
Last month's 2012 Hard Rock Calling Festival featuring the Bruce Springsteen performance that was cut short when organizers pulled the plug on the power during the encore with surprise special guest Paul McCartney is slated to air on the Palladia cable network will air on August 25th at 9 p.m. ET.
Hard Rock Calling 2012 took place at London's Hyde Park on July 13, 14 and 15 and featured sets by Paul Simon, John Fogerty, Iggy & the Stooges, Tom Morello, Soundgarden and more.
Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band closed out the second day of the festival. At the tail end of McCartney's surprise appearance during the show's finale, organizers pulled the power because The Boss had gone well over curfew. Bruce and the band were also joined at that epic show by Fogerty and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.
Download 2012 highlights: Corey Taylor Best Download Moment Award, rocking with Steel Panther and more (video)
Download 2012 at Castle Donington in the UK took place last weekend, and Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor picking up the Best Download Moment Ever award for Slipknot’s set in 2009 was a highlight. The award was presented by Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas and Download organizer Andy Copping. Taylor gets rather emotional when receiving the award. It's some cool video. Check it out followed by more of the Panther and other interview and highlights of band performance clips.
Corey Taylor also joined Steel Panther for an kick ass version of 'Death To All But Metal.'
Here's more epic Panther video, starting off with some boobies:
Whitfield Crane and Ugly Kid Joe
Motorhead w/Whit Crane
Theory of a Deadman
Lzzy Hale and Halestorm
Black Veil Brides
Slash f/Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
Soundgarden have released an official video for "Live To Rise", from the soundtrack to 'Avengers Assemble' soundtrack behind the new Marvel's Avengers movie that opens in theaters today. 'Live To Rise' is the first Soundgarden song in almost 16 years, can be seen below.
"Live To Rise" was written specifically for "Marvel's The Avengers" after Soundgarden was approached about contributing a song to the film. That may have been something that band would have never even considered back in their heyday, but considering how the record world has been flipped upside down, it is a legitimate revenue source for the band now.
Soundgarden continue finishing up a new album, although a release date and title have yet to be announced. Soundgarden kick off a European festival tour on May 25th at Sonisphere in Madrid, Spain. The band will play all the major festivals, wrapping up in the UK on July 13th at Hard Rock Calling in London.