No. 23: Audioslave, ‘Audioslave’ – Best Debut Hard Rock Albums
It would take a pretty amazing frontman to fill the rage that Rage Against the Machine’s members lacked without Zack de la Rocha, and that vocalist turned out to be former Soundgarden belter Chris Cornell. The new supergroup took on the name Audioslave and released a self-titled disc in 2002, very much living up to the lofty expectations that came with their backgrounds.
The group introduced themselves with ‘Cochise,’ a driving rocker that also showcased Cornell’s powerful voice. The mesmerizingly mid-tempo ‘Like a Stone’ followed, showing the band had more in the tank than their past tricks. And songs like ‘Show Me How to Live,’ ‘I Am the Highway’ and ‘Gasoline’ filled out an impressive debut disc.