New album ‘King Animal’ Now Available to Pre-Order With Instant Grat of ‘Been Away Too Long’
The end of last week saw the first global radio plays of Soundgarden’s new single “Been Away Too Long” from their eagerly awaited new album King Animal – out on November 12th 2012. The single is available to purchase via digital retailers now and is being given away instantly for free when pre-ordering the album from iTunes. Listen to it at: www.soundgardenworld.com
King Animal, their first studio album in over 15 years, will be released on Vertigo Records, an imprint of the UK’s Mercury Music Group, home to Metallica, Black Sabbath and The Killers. The album was co-produced with longtime Soundgarden friend and producer Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Pearl Jam) and recorded at Studio X in Seattle.
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 groundbreaking 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.
Pre-order King Animal deluxe edition HERE