January 8, 2013

Sandy Hook: I Promise It’s Not Goodbye

Listen and donate in memory of the children of Sandy Hook

A few years ago, Texan fan Rory de la Rosa lost his six-year-old daughter Ainslee to cancer. Shortly afterwards, he himself was diagnosed with the same illness. But Rory didn’t fall into despair. He wanted “to tell Chris Cornell how much his music impacted his life and of the bond it helped create for him and his daughter,” says Karen, a carer at Rory’s hospice. Chris was touched by the story and wrote back – eventually resulting in a unique creative collaboration. Rory had written a poem about his daughter. Moved by the words, Chris suggested they turn the poem into a song. “It was a pleasure to put it to music and an honor,” he says. Sadly, Rory passed away shortly afterwards, but the proceeds from downloads of the song he wrote with Chris were able to help his family through a terrible time.

Since the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, people have been asking to hear the song again. In response, we have made the song available on chriscornell.com. In return, Chris hopes you will make a donation in memory of the children who lost their lives and do something to help those bereaved by this terrible tragedy.

Donate via any of these sites:

https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/

http://www.newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org/donate.php

http://www.20children.org/

http://demandaplan.org

December 18, 2012

Soundgarden filming video for ‘By Crooked Steps’

Soundgarden is filming the official music video for 'By Crooked Steps' today, directed by Dave Grohl. Follow @Soundgarden on Twitter and Instagram for an all-day behind the scenes look!  

December 7, 2012

Soundgarden play American Express Concert Series

Soundgarden will be playing the American Express Concert Series at Terminal 5 in New York City on 1/16/13.  Tickets go on sale Monday Dec 10 2012. Sync your eligible American Express(r) Card with Twitter for the opportunity to purchase up to 2 $15 tickets, while supplies last!  Cardmembers can enroll in this offer by tweeting the offer hashtag (which will be announced on Monday). Once you've received a response from @AmexSync that the offer has been added, follow the link to receive your unique promo code and instructions on how to purchase tickets on Ticketmaster.com. Standard ticketing fees apply.

December 4, 2012

Making ‘Attrition’

Ben Shepherd and Kim Thayil talk about the making of 'Attrition' from Soundgarden's album King Animal HERE.

November 25, 2012

Making ‘Black Saturday’

Ben and Kim talk about 'Black Saturday' from Soundgarden's King Animal HERE.

November 24, 2012

Making ‘Blood On The Valley Floor’

Chris & Matt talk about the writing of 'Blood On The Valley Floor' from Soundgarden's King Animal HERE.

November 21, 2012

Rave reviews for Soundgarden in London

Soundgarden received rave reviews for their show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on November 9.

Kerrang's review [click thumbnail below] gave the show their best possible rating, saying: ” In an age when bands come today and go the same day, the return of this most magnificent of bands serves nothing less than to reaffirm the currency of music as being more than a disposable.”

Meanwhile Clash said “Chris Cornell still has the voice of a thousand angels…his vocal style has gotten stronger over time” and DIY said the perennial outsiders of the early 90s seem to be at home with their place in history and ready to embrace a fruitful future.”

 

November 20, 2012

What The Press Are Saying About ‘King Animal’

Here's what the press has been saying about Soundgarden's new album, 'King Animal':

“Time has stood still, rightfully and triumphantly, for Soundgarden’s music, which is still the moody, heaving, asymmetrical hard rock that made the band a trailblazer of grunge…the band sounds like four musicians live in a room, making music that clenches and unclenches like a fist. Added layers – of guitars, vocal harmony or horns – are for heft, not decoration.” – The New York Times

“When you hear frontman Chris Cornell's brutal wail crashing into guitarist Kim Thayil's fretboard fireworks, you'll wonder how we got by without a new disc from the guys since '96.” – Rolling Stone

“The adventurous spirit that fired Soundgarden out of the metal ghetto is gloriously alive…a mighty result.” – Mojo

King Animal not only delivers all the heaviness, darkness, and beautiful weirdness that made Soundgarden so great in the first place, but also seem to actually benefit from the passage of time since the band’s last studio album.” – Revolver

“Soundgarden have always possessed a real ability to combine darkness with immense grooves…the 13 sturdy tracks of King Animal carry this compositional attitude into the 21st century. King Animal undeniably draws its strength from the band’s accessible Superunknown era, but also takes Soundgarden somewhere fresh.” – BBC

“This beast doesn't temper expectations. It lowers its massive antlered head and simply walks forward. It doesn't run because it doesn't need to, and what doesn't run from it gets run over. In the chorus of 'Non-State Actor', Cornell sings the song of his band's bestial spirit guide: “We'll settle for a little bit more than everything.” Because that's what a King Animal was born to do.” – Spin

“None of it has the ring of compromise that so many reformation albums bring…this is a band continuing their artistic arc. Hence, in songs such as the moody 'Bones of Birds',  the dots can be joined between their classic mid-90s work and this, nearly 20 years on. Guitarist Kim Thayil has lost none of his ability to write a riff, and there's still that darkness in his playing; a growling hum seeps everywhere, adding the glowering psychedelic menace that always made Soundgarden special.” – Kerrang

“Soundgarden’s reboot has everything a fan who fell for them in their heyday could hope for….Throughout the album, the guitars function like the imposing façade of a brutalist building, clad in granite grandeur. That style finds an ideal brother in the scream of Cornell, whose macho confidence remains unmatched in the mainstream.”  – New York Daily News

“An intriguing, challenging, sometimes compelling album…their trump card has always been Chris Cornell's extraordinary voice, which still switches from urgency to desolation within a few bars, and with it comers his overall aesthetic, lyrical imagery that recurs throughout: blood, bones, fumes. These are touchstones of heavy metal that – in his hands, cradled by that furnace-intense flame of a vocal – become something more meaningful.” – Classic Rock

“Sceptics expecting to find a band struggling to match the power and weirdness of its career highs will be pleasantly surprised by the dark Americana at the heart of sprawling, bluesy monsters such as Taree and Blood on the Valley Floor, while unconventionally odd anthems-in-waiting like Bones of Birds and By Crooked Steps reiterate the band's enduring dynamism, rolled up in haunting, gratifying hooks that claw deeper into the psyche with every listen.” – The Skinny

“Rock 'n' roll roars back to life with Soundgarden's King Animal. The group's long-awaited sixth studio offering is both the year's best album and a landmark for the Seattle legends. In essence, it's a journey in the truest since of the word. From the jump, Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron open up the gates into a world not far removed from Badmotorfinger and Superunknown but existent within its personal sphere. In the most wild, weird, and wonderful way, King Animal is distinctly its own beast.” – Artist Direct

“This comeback…is a snarling, propulsive, alpha rock monster…Chris Cornell is in possession of one of the finest pure rock voices: a magnificent leather bray that comes from the top of Thor's staircase…an enveloping, heavyweight and dynamic record that will delight the diehards, and no doubt continue to reveal myriad rhythmical intricacies in the months ahead.” – The Quietus

 

 

 

 

November 19, 2012

Making ‘Rowing’

Ben Shepherd talks about the making of 'Rowing' from new album 'King Animal'. Watch video commentary HERE.

November 13, 2012

King Animal released worldwide!

Soundgarden's new album 'King Animal' is released worldwide today.Stream the album and read the lyrics HERE.

Chris Cornell