Audioslave has successfully produced an album that will strike a chord in any rock fan’s heart. But that is nothing less than what you would expect from two of the most influential bands of the ‘90s- Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden. Although both achieved multi-platinum status for their albums, their musical styles varied. Rage Against the Machine was known for their hardcore, rock-rap style and political propaganda, while Soundgarden, headed by Chris Cornell, had a heavy psychedelic grunge sound.
Once Zach de la Rocha left Rage Against the Machine, the remaining members were busy searching for a new front man who could keep up with their hard-hitting music. Chris Cornell, who had been concentrating on his solo career, was quickly introduced to the band by producer Rick Rubin, and after a few jam sessions together Audioslave was born.
Audioslave’s self-titled album was released in November of 2002. Many of the featured songs examine the darker side of life in a powerful and dynamic style, such as Show Me How to Live, Set it Off, and Exploder. The first single released off the album, Cochise, blasts off with a pulsating introduction that builds and builds until it climaxes with Cornell’s plea to “go on and save yourself.” The group also performs softer, introspective melodies reminiscent of Chris Cornell’s solo album Euphoria Morning. The song Like a Stone explores the hopes and desires one may have about the afterlife while Getaway Car discusses the bumpy roads we face in our relationships. Ultimately, the group takes you on an intense musical journey.
Audioslave still delivers the confrontational, aggressive, and rebellious music that was once generated by Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine. However, the replacement of de la Rocha’s rap lyrics with Cornell’s haunting vocalizations has brought about a refreshing new sound to the genre. Ingenious guitarist Tom Morello compliments Cornell’s lyrics with his unique science-fiction playing, while Wilk’s drums and Commerford’s bass produce the driving force to their songs. In interviews, they have expressed excitement about the new chapter in their careers together and plan to continue doing what they do best, make music. So check the album out for yourself today.
Reviewed by Kelli