While Soundgarden never escaped the grunge tag they were saddled with in the ‘90s, they at least transcended it in part by being one of the genre’s most adventurous groups. They formed in Seattle in the late ‘80s with a steady influence of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin riding their grooves. With Chris Cornell’s banshee wail guiding a sludgy mix of music inspired as much by classic rock as punk, Soundgarden began making waves with their 1991 album, ‘Badmotorfinger,’ which helped usher in alternative rock’s loud, guitar-based sound (along with fellow Seattle residents Nirvana and Pearl Jam). But it was 1994’s ‘Superunknown,’ their only No. 1 album, that catapulted them to success with its super-ambitious mix of hard-rock crunch lined with psychedelic shadings. They broke up after 1996’s ‘Down on the Upside,’ reuniting in 2012 with a new album and tour.
Selected Discography: ‘Badmotorfinger’ (1991), ‘Superunkown’ (1994), ‘Down on the Upside’ (1996)
For just about any band that eventually made it big, there's at least one guy who was in the lineup before they were famous -- their 'Pete Best,' if you will. But Jason Everman, who played guitar for Nirvanaand bass for Soundgarden in the late '80s, narrowly missed his shot at the charts twice.
There's no doubt that Soundgarden are one of the hottest concert attractions in the rock world nowadays, especially since they've just released 'King Animal,' their first new album in 16 years. So how would you like to win a trip to see the band performing in their hometown of Seattle, where they began their rise to fame?
The moment that Soundgarden fans have been waiting for is quickly approaching. The reunited rockers took the next step to releasing their first music since 1996 by announcing that their next album will be titled 'King Animal.'
Matt Cameron will definitely look fondly upon 2011, as it was the year that his current band, Pearl Jam, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 'Ten' album and spent a good portion of the year reflecting through concerts, films, books and special appearances. It was also the year that his original band, Soundgarden, truly started to find their groove as they worked toward a new album and played some dates after reuniting.
Although they were reared on a steady diet that included exposure to bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, they took issue with certain elements of the songs, bands and sounds that were popular at the time. Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil once said that the band’s mission included the goal of sounding like “Black Sabbath without the parts that suck.”
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