Friday, 7 December 2012
CD REVIEW! Soundgarden - King Animal
It's rocking times as Seattle’s Soundgarden release 'King Animal', the band’s first new studio album in over 15 years. The band co-produced their sixth studio album with long time Soundgarden friend and producer Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Pearl Jam) and recorded at Studio X in Seattle. 'King Animal' was mixed by Joe Barresi (The Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer) in Pasadena, California. The writing and recording of the album was a true collaborative effort. Riotous album opener and first single 'Been Away Too Long' finds Soundgarden back at it with a double-edged blast of homecoming celebration and urban angst. 'King Animal' can be explosive, as in 'Blood On The Valley Floor', nightmarish ('Worse Dreams') or wistful ('Halfway There'), leading us through changing sonic landscapes that can embrace both the jazz inflections of 'Black Saturday' and the feral rocker 'Attrition', with compelling lyrics by bassist Ben Shepherd. The subject matter is broad - Kim Thayil's lyrics for 'Non-State Actor' are a sharp and cynical take on the powers behind political thrones, while Cornell's bruised and introspective 'Bones of Birds' explores the terrors and vulnerabilities of parenthood. Soundgarden remain a truly ‘alternative’ band as they embark on the next chapter of their journey, steadfast in their roots with 15 years of growth behind them. 'King Animal' follows the musical evolution of one of the world's most ground breaking bands. As BBC put it, they are "a band beyond lazy labels and genre limits". This is a long awaited return for both the band and fans alike.