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King Animal is the Seattle quartet's first studio album in 16 years following the band's breakup a year after the release of 1996' Down On The Upside.
Post-breakup, several band members, most notably frontman, Chris Cornell, and drummer, Matt Cameron, were involved in several projects. Cornell released a solo album and formed the supergroup, Audioslave, with Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine (RAGM).
Cameron, on the hand, joined fellow Seattle grunge rockers, Pearl Jam, on the latter's Yield tour and subsequently became a full-time member of the band (and still is).
Other members, lead guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist, Ben Shepard, were also involved in several projects although none of those projects achieved as much fame as Audioslave or Cameron's work in Pearl Jam.
Nonetheless, after years of dismissing away rumours of a reunion, the band got back together in 2010 and released a new compilation album, Telephantasm: A Retrospective later that year.
Earlier this year, Soundgarden released Live To Rise on the soundtrack for the Avengers. King Animal, which is set to be released on Nov 13 (same day as Koi No Yokan by the Deftones), will be the band's seventh studio album.
I haven't checked the details yet but Soundgarden will soon embark on a tour (they are currently playing a handful of shows in the US) in support of King Animal.
What won't happen, much to my dismay, will be a co-headlining tour with Pearl Jam, where Cameron would handle the drums for both bands.
|King Animal Album Cover (Photo Credit: Soundgardenworld.com)|