HenneMusic are reporting that "Been Away Too Long", the first track from the upcoming Soundgarden album "King Animal", is now online. The album is scheduled to be released on November 13th. It is the first record that the band have released since they reformed in 2010. The band’s last full length album, "Down On The Upside", was released in 1996.
The full tracklisting for King Animal is as follows:
01. Been Away Too Long 02. Non-State Actor 03. By Crooked Steps 04. A Thousand Days Before 05. Blood On The Valley Floor 06. Bones of Birds 07. Taree 08. Attrition 09. Black Saturday 10. Halfway There 11. Worse Dreams 12. Eyelid's Mouth 13. Rowing
Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell has described the album as a progression from where the band left off in 1996:
"It sounds like Soundgarden, but I wouldn’t say it’s similar. I think there are parts of it that are gonna remind anybody of us, but we’ve always kind of progressed from album to album. So it’s definitely not a throwback. It’s not us getting back to our roots... it’s just kind of a natural progression."
While the vast majority of people seem to be happy about the return of Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan apparently isn’t so keen, having claimed at a press conference that the band were back for "one more round at the till".
"There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money - playing their old albums, and maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they're thinking there might be a future."
"When 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."