Soundgarden is a Seattle Grunge
band formed in The Eighties
and popular in The Nineties
. Their name comes from a sculpture in Seattle, "A Sound Garden". The band was recognized as one of The Big Four of Grunge (along with Nirvana
, Pearl Jam
and Alice in Chains
), though they didn't become successful until the genre fully took off with the release of Nirvana's Nevermind
and Pearl Jam's Ten
. Their 1994 album Superunknown
is considered a masterpiece of the movement. Their music is largely characterised by Epic Riffs
, Chris Cornell
's distinctive voice, and common use of Uncommon Time
, producing a sound many reviewers have described as being Led Zeppelin meets Black Sabbath
The group broke up in 1997 due to internal conflict, leaving Cornell to form the super group Audioslave
with the former members of Rage Against the Machine
, and later a solo career with polarizing results
. Cornell also co-wrote You Know My Name
with David Arnold
for the James Bond
film Casino Royale
. He's also headed in a more pop/hip-hop-oriented direction recently, causing much backlash among the fanbase. Cameron currently drums for Pearl Jam, and has since the Yield tour (he wasn't involved with the Temple of the Dog reunion mentioned below). Thayil played with Jello Biafra
and Krist Novoselic
as the "No WTO Combo" after the Seattle riots of November 1999, and has contributed to Dave Grohl
's side-project Probot.
In January 2010, Cornell announced through his website that "The Knights of the Sound Table ride again". The band officially reunited in 2012. A new song, "Live to Rise," played during the end credits of The Avengers
. In addition, their first new album since their breakup, King Animal
was released in November 2012.
- Temple of the Dog (Cornell and Cameron)
- Pearl Jam (Through both TOTD and Cameron)
- Audioslave (Cornell)
- Hater (Shepherd and occasionally Cameron)
- Wellwater Conspiracy (Cameron)
- Chris Cornell: Vocals; previously played drums until the band hired Scott Sundquist to play drums, allowing him to focus on just singing. He also contributed rhythm guitar to their songs later.
- Kim Thayil: Lead Guitar
- Ben Shepherd: Bass; replaced Hiro Yamamoto in 1989.
- Matt Cameron: Drums; replaced Sundquist.
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