New Soundgarden Album In The Works

Chris Cornell says the band are loving their reunion, and have been writing new music every time they meet. But when will it see a release?

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Soundgraden frontman Chris Cornell has hinted that the band have started writing music for a new album. They're only one week into a North American tour to promote "King Animal", their first album for 16 years. Now Cornell has said "every time we're in a room we're coming up with something new," sparking hopes of a new album recording. So what do the band think of making another album? "I think the overall attitude about keeping it going and the way we want to treat it to keep it going is really good. There's nothing stopping us from continuing to make records and continuing to play shows, that's for sure," Cornell told Billboard. He says the Soundgarden camp has been feeling positive because they're performing for the love of it, and without any business agenda - though it could be a subtle way of responding to claims last August that their reunion is about making money. "We had a good experience making ["King Animal"], and since we've come back together everything has been kind of that way," said Cornell. "There hasn't really been any of the tension... I think that's as simple as us making the conscious decision to not be influenced by anything other than what the four of us want to do and not putting a business version of a timeline on it. "Our attitude is that we're doing this because we love it and because it matters to us and not for any other reason, and everything else kind of takes care of itself." Soundgarden's North American tour will continue into February, and plan to book more 2013 dates when scheduling for their drummer Matt Cameron has been arranged with his other band, Pearl Jam. Would you like to hear another new Soundgarden album? Did "King Animal" live up to your expectations? Let us know in the comments.

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    iommi600
    There is this sort of ad at the top of UG newspage with a hot chick teasing and all, but I'm pretty sure I have a boner because of this news.
    rip3149
    Lucky...all I saw was a crappy ad for Shure.
    Brandon1993
    Both of you are lucky. I got an ad that shows Google and some other random crap because the ad didn't load completely...
    Vicryl 2.0
    mine was an ad about a 50% discount going to Kota Kinabalu.. i dont even know where that is.
    Sheep Shagger
    Bands jam ideas all the time. They never said that a new album was on the way. Misleading title, as usual.
    Iommianity
    King Animal was amazing, and this is coming from someone who counts Louder than Love and Badmotorfinger as his favorites. Non State Actor, By Crooked Steps, A Thousand Days Before, Blood on the Valley Floor, Taree and Black Saturday are just great Soundgarden songs. It was the perfect follow up to where they left off, and I'm happy they're still writing with alternate tunings and have gained a new sense of space and ambiance.
    Lovezoid
    Yeah I'm coming from an old Soundgarden background too and I'm with you 100%. You didn't even mention my fav, Bones of Birds, epic song.
    JonoD
    Bands write all the time, this does not mean an album is on the way soon, but I could be wrong, I hope I am.
    unclejemima394
    Matt Cameron is still in Pearl Jam too? Pulling double duty in two of the biggest 90's bands...that guy's awesome. ...oh and yay more Soundgarden. I liked King Animal. Hated that they play basically all of the album and just the old hits on their recent shows but whatever. Better than nothing.
    burnsz82
    I admit I wasn't impressed upon the first couple listens...but this album grew on me fast. I love that you hear new things with every listen. Great album and I think it fits in perfectly after Down on the Upside.
    Yax
    King Animal was utterly amazing. I hadn't heard any Soundgarden save Black Hole Sun, Spoonman and Beyond The Wheel until I impulse purchased King Animal a couple of weeks after its release. I was blown away, and I'm coincidentally listening to it right now.
    dewitt
    Check out any of their other albums to be much more blown away than you already are.
    Sloan7
    Not that "King Animal" was a bad album or anything but honestly I thought if I were to put all or their albums in order, "King" would be near the bottom. I really hope they don't become like Pearl Jam and start releasing records with like four good songs and eight fast paced fillers.
    jrodgers
    I agree with you about King Animal. It had a killer sound, killer musicianship, and killer production, but the songs just weren't there. I like that they're going a more abstract route, but I think they can do a better job incorporating some pop hooks in. God knows theyre obviously capable of it.
    JFrankParnell
    "better job incorporating some pop hooks in"... Stop listening to Soundgarden. Just stop.
    dewitt
    King Animal is easily Soundgarden's worst album so far. Why? The songs. It's not that it sounds necessarily bad or anything, it's just that there aren't good songs on it. They're all kind of just like they threw whatever they had together without sifting through it to find their highest quality stuff and improve upon it. That's fine and all, too, but what they did have was kind of bland. It's the only Soundgarden album so far that I don't particularly like any one song from.
    lithium_boy
    Rowing? Blood on the valley floor? Bones of Birds? Taree? I can keep going, I mean soundgarden did have a couple of iffy tracks on this one (attrition anyone??). But to say there wasnt any standouts is just being ignorant. all the songs I named along with a couple more are awesome.
    jrodgers
    Does Black Hole Sun not have pop hooks? Does Spoonman not have pop hooks? Does Burden in My Hand not have pop hooks? Stop being an idiot. Just stop.
    ZeppelinruleZ
    I was a little disappointed with the new album, and I had reasonable expectations for it; I didn't expect Chris belt out the words or Kim to melt my face off but I was still disappointed. They have always changed and evolved but to me it sounded like a record where they were fulfilling some contractual obligation for one more record (even though that wasn't the case). I didn't expect it to blow me away but I wasn't expecting to be as boring as it was either. Had it moments, but it sounded like it was half-assed. This is just in comparison to their other stuff, but overall 6/10. Having said that, I'd still be excited for a new album!
    javdoc
    I hope they keep going as long as they are interested to do so. Love all the Soundgarden albums, for different reasons. King Animal is another great one, certainly adds to their legacy. Keep 'em coming!
    Redfinton22
    Well this is great and all, but I think a better headline for this article would be: "We Can Expect Another Soundgarden Album In The Future" Because of everything Chris has said here, none of it is really concrete evidence that there is actually a new album in the works already.
    BradTheBluefish
    King Animal did not live up to my expectations. It was quite bland and didn't have that energy I was hoping for but there were some decent songs and its good to see them back. Another album is definitely needed.
    FlyingPirahna
    I don't really LOVE King Animal, but as solid as it is, I think the next record will really rock, now that they've broken back into being 'Soundgarden' again.
    Alice2Mudgarden
    First half of the album was awesome. Second half not so much (minus "Rowing"). Cornell can't write an honest, intrguing rock song now like "Superunknown" or "Rusty Cage". "Worse Dreams" and "Black Saturday" were bland. But when Shepherd and Thayil are the songwriters, stuff gets interesting. More Thayil and Shepherd, less Cornell.