Soundgarden - "King Animal"

It’s been 16 (!) years since Soundgarden’s last studio full-length, so the title of their comeback single is pretty apt. The first full track released off King Animal, “Been Away Too Long,” has a Badmotorfinger-ish groove and a vintage Cornell upper-range vocal. It’s definitely a bit structurally convoluted — as if the band was trying to showcase every element of their vast sound over the course of three and a half minutes — but make no mistake: It rocks hard. Between this and the snippet we got of “Worse Dreams” last month, I’m definitely excited to hear the album in full. As noted on the band’s Facebook, “Been Away Too Long” is officially out tomorrow, but you check it out below. All King Animal info after the jump.

TRACKLIST
01 “Been Away Too Long”
02 “Non-State Actor”
03 “By Crooked Steps”
04 “A Thousand Days Before”
05 “Blood On The Valley Floor”
06 “Bones Of Birds”
07 “Taree”
08 “Attrition”
09 “Black Saturday”
10 “Halfway There”
11 “Worse Dreams”
12 “Eyelid’s Mouth”
13 “Rowing”

King Animal is out 11/13 on Seven Four/Republic.

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  1. woozefa  |   Posted on Sep 26th, 2012 -9

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  2. So is that artwork designed to dupe fans of death metal christmas songs?

  3. As I’ve said about the recent Van Halen album….this is way better than it has any right to be.

  4. its floating on the net. the middle 8 section of the song gives me the goosebumps….cant wait to hear the rest of the album!

  5. I just through up a little…

  6. Didn’t these guys just release a “comeback album” last year. And wasn’t it bad?

    Oh wait, greatest hits, answered my own question. Oh well, there’s still no excuse for this cover art…

    • That’s what too many drugs does for your album cover progression. Some day you just might put a wolf on there. Hopefully your favorite band never reaches the wolf phase.

  7. I like it, just like I liked the last one. And the extra track on the comp they released. But the ridiculously long break has so far stopped me from feeling the Soundgarden magic.

    I loved these guys. And I mean LOOOOVED. I’ve got a ‘Best of Soundgarden’ folder on every pc and music listening device I own with 49 songs in it. That’s as thinned out as I could make it. But I just can’t muster up the same guttural drive or brain-melting wonderment I get from the those songs when I listen to these new ones. And again, I actually think they’re quite good. But the break was just too long. I’m not feelin’ the reunion yet. Might take another album for me to jump back on board.

  8. That opening riff – is this new bloc party I’M FUCKING FUNNNNNY DUDE!!!11

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