Soundgarden, formerly one of the lynchpin’s of the grunge music scene from the mid-80s to mid-90s, reunited in 2010, just in case you didn’t know.  And they are running through the past-their-prime reunion handbook every step of the way.  Step one: Break up with some dignity before you’re past your prime.  Step two: Reunite once you’re past said prime and it’s kind of sad.  Step three: Release a greatest hits album and live album so that the reunion tour has some product to sell (done: the Telephantasm best-of and the Live on I-5 albums).  Step four: Release an album of new material.  And voila—here we are.

That’s right, sound garden is releasing their first studio album of new material since 1996’s underrated Down on The Upside.  The new album will be called King Animal, and is set for a November 13th release.  The album’s first single will drop on September 27th and is called “Been Away Too Long” (get it?  Just like the band!).

Billboard notes that the album was produced by the band—Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron—along with Adam Kasper.  The album was recorded at Studio X in Seattle and will be released via Seven Four Entertainment and Republic Records.

King Animal Track Listing:

Been Away Too Long

Non-State Actor

By Crooked Steps

A Thousand Days Before

Blood On The Valley Floor

Bones of Birds



Black Saturday

Halfway There

Worse Dreams

Eyelid’s Mouth


What do you think of the Soundgarden news?

Source: Billboard