Soundgarden is a Seattle Grunge/Alternative Metal 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.
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