Soundgarden: 'Our New Album Picks Up Where We Left Off'

Chris Cornell promises that the reunited grunge band will deliver a 'very rich album'.

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Soundgarden have spoken about their plans for a comeback album and have said that they believe it "picks up where they left off" when they split up in 1996.

The band, who performed a triumphant comeback set at Download Festival on Sunday (June 10), told in an NME interview that their new album would be "very rich" and "diverse".

Asked about their plans for their first studio album since 1996's 'Down On The Upside', singer Chris Cornell said: "We have an album coming out in the fall. It's kind of hard to describe, it's sort of picking up where we left off. There's a lot of different feels on the album."

He continued: "We're a band where every single member contributes music so that makes it very diverse. It's a very rich album with a lot of different moods to it."

Then asked if the band's recent single 'Live To Rise' was an indication of things to come, Cornell said that the album's sound was couldn't simply be summed up with one song.

He said of this: "It's great to put out a new song after so long. If you look at the history of our band, you can't just listen to one song or take one song out of context and say 'This is what we sound like'."

Singer continued: "I'm looking forward to putting out a whole album, where you get a collection of songs. We're an album-oriented band, so I look forward to getting into long-form listening. That seems to have disappeared over the last 10 years, people seem to know be more into one song at a time."

Soundgarden frontman also spoke about how the band reunited, adding: "We met up because we wanted to take responsibility for the legacy of the band. Once we were together and hanging out, we thought we should do a surprise show and play five songs. And then they we thought we'd do a real show, and then we should do a tour. Once we were in a room and playing music, it naturally led to writing songs."

Early bird tickets for next year's Download Festival are set to go on sale this Friday (June 15).

A limited amount of tickets will be available from 9am (BST) at for the event, which will take place June 14-16, 2013 at Donington Park.

Thanks to NME for the report.


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    Just when I thought rock music was dead, Soundgarden comes back to save everyone. One of the best... ever. Thank you Soundgarden.
    Agent 00Awesome wrote: We have new Alice in Chains AND new Soundgarden. It's like the second wave of grunge!
    Don't forget Seattle's other band, Pearl Jam, coming out with a new album this year too.
    Agent 00Awesome wrote: We have new Alice in Chains AND new Soundgarden. It's like the second wave of grunge!
    Hell yeah. Brace yourself for the Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley holograms
    What do they mean by "triumphant comeback set"? They've been playing shows for the past 2 years now.
    Agent 00Awesome wrote: We have new Alice in Chains AND new Soundgarden. It's like the second wave of grunge!
    man i hope so!
    AnimatedHand wrote: Still the best band of the 90's.
    Ummm... can you explain to me how there could be a new best band of 90's
    Im def excited about Soundgardens new album. Another 90's band with a new album this year is The Smashing Pumpkins. And of course who could forget, the rock n' roll throne holders return this year.....Green Day. but seriously im excited for a lot of albums coming out this year, pretty much all of them are bands made famous in the 90s too. i hope a new album from Pearl Jam is released this year, though i thought i read somewhere it could take until 2013.