Soundgarden have unleashed a brand new single “Storm” in the wake of their weekend performance at Neil Young‘s Bridge School Benefit. The performance also featured a Temple of The Dog reunion, which added greatly to the energy of the show. Now, the band have unveiled the first new piece of music since King Animal, the band’s first studio LP in 16 years which came out on November 13, 2012. The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200, and sold over 83,000 copies in it’s first week of sales. Soundgarden have been hinting that the possibility of releasing a B-Sides EP, but there’s been no official confirmation from their camp about it, nor about a new full-length album. However, after a successful outing with King Animal and two years of touring and festival appearances, it’s certainly time for the band to put out something fresh.
Soundgarden pioneered an untra-heavy grunge rock sound, incorporating elements of heavy metal and alternative music. The band exploded unto the mainstream with the release of their third album,1991′s Badmotorfinger. The follow-up, 1994′s Superunknown, catapulted the band to legendary status. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, the album has since been certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. The record earned the band two Grammy Awards in 1995, and today it still serves as a blueprint for heavy alternative rock music. Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 following the release of their 1996 effort, Down On The Upside. In 2010, the band reunited and issued their first greatest hits collection, Telephantasm. The album featured the previously unreleased single, “Black Rain”.
In March 2011, the band released the live album, Live on I-5. The summer of 2011 saw the band embark on a sold-out summer tour, culminating with a headlining appearance at Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, LA. This past spring, Soundgarden contributed a new single, “Live To Rise”, to the soundtrack of the blockbuster film The Avengers. In the summer of 2013, the band were a featured act at England’s epic Download Festival alongside Black Sabbath, Metallica, The Prodigy, Megadeth, and Biffy Clyro. The band recently comleted a massive North American co-headlining tour with Nine Inch Nails that featured support from The Dillinger Escape Plan. – by Matt Bishop