It’s been a long time coming, but grunge legends Soundgarden have finally revealed a trailer for their long-awaited comeback album ‘King Animal’ (watch below).
This will be their first album since their 1996 effort ‘Down On The Upside’, and is set for release November 13. The minute-twenty-five trailer features some striking winter imagery, with images of Chris Cornell and the band dissolving in and out of sight. The trailer ends with a still of the album’s artwork, a pile of bleached animal skulls set against a snowy landscape.
Key players in the Great Grunge Boom of the ‘90s alongside Nirvana and Pearl Jam, the Seattle four-piece originally split in 1997. After stints in various other bands (singer Chris Cornell fronted Audioslave with members of Rage Against The Machine, drummer Matt Cameron joined Pearl Jam) and assorted solo projects, the band reunited in 2010, releasing a new retrospective album ‘Telephantasm’ that year.
They’ve since toured the world extensively with whispers of a new album following them since early last year. According to the Rolling Stone article, the new material will include the songs ‘Blood on the Valley Floor’ and ‘A Thousand Days Before’, which he describes as ‘a little Indian thing and some chicken-pickin’. We call it ‘country and eastern.’
The new album news flies in the face of Billy Corgan’s recent criticism of the band, who he claimed had reunited only to play old songs for the cash.
“There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money,” the Smashing Pumpkins frontman recently told the Philippine Star website. “Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great. I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They’re just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands.”
By comparison, Corgan said he and his new band, who recently released new album ‘Oceania’, “make music for 2012″. Now, it seems Soundgarden do too. We look forward to hearing Billy’s review.
‘King Animal’ Track Listing:
‘Been Away Too Long’
‘By Crooked Steps’
‘A Thousand Days Before’
‘Blood On The Valley Floor’
‘Bones of Birds’
Watch the trailer for King Animal below