Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Soundgarden Reunion

Well there has been a lot of talk in recent days that Soundgarden has decided to reunite. I enjoyed Soundgarden's music quite a bit when I was getting into metal. At that time, they were everywhere. They had released their incredibly popular album Superunknown with the huge hits "Spoonman", "Black Hole Sun", and several others. However, they soon descended into mediocrity. Their followup album was a major disappointment. It wasn't long before they disbanded and went their separate ways. Chris Cornell, the lead singer, started a solo project, then formed Audioslave with members of Rage Against the Machine, then went back to being a solo artist. I discussed Cornell's most recent solo album in an earlier blog post here, which I don't expect anyone to remember. For the record, I hated what I heard from it.

So that brings us to the reunion. What do I think? I do not have good feelings about this at all. Chris Cornell's material has been mediocre at best and terrible at worst. Guitarist Kim Thayil was a guest with Sunn O))) but hasn't done much else. I do not have a lot of faith that Soundgarden will be able to recapture the sound of their early material, the stoner doom metal stomp of Badmotorfinger and other earlier albums. Mark it down: I predict this reunion will blow.

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