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Chris Cornell Releases Emotional Song ‘The Promise’ From New Christian Bale Film

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A number of rockers have contributed songs to film in recent years and Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell has authored an emotional acoustic song, “The Promise,” for the film of the same name, which can be heard in the lyric video above.

Cornell’s penchant for conveying heart-wrenching emotion through gentle acoustic pieces is well-documented over the course of his career and “The Promise” holds true to this value. The first verse opens with the lines, “If I had nothing to my name / But photographs of you rescued from the flame / That is all I would ever need / As long as I can read what’s written on your face / The strength that shines behind your eyes / The hope and light that will never die,” before the singer launches into a powerful, lush chorus.

The Promise, directed by Terry George, stars Academy Award winner Christian Bale and Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac, detailing the last days of the Ottoman Empire. Cornell, who married into a Greek family, has a connection with the film’s historical theme, having heard numerous accounts of how the Greeks were treated during the Turkish rule over the empire. “If it’s something you or your family members went through, it’s something you’re faced with confronting on a daily basis,” he said.

Further elaborating on the importance of the film, Cornell stated,

The film and plot are your band mates and the song has to be true to the story and the characters in it. ‘The Promise’ to me is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it’s also about shining a light on more recent atrocities. The same methods used in the Armenian genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis. Unfortunately, the words ‘never again’ seem like just words when we recall these mass executions of the twentieth century, as well as renewed racism and prejudice around the world. Even in the U.S., the warning signs – isolating groups based on race and religion – are evident. We really need to tell these stories and keep telling them in as many different ways as we can. As humans, we have a tremendous capacity to trudge ahead in our lives and not look at the difficult and challenging moments… but I think it’s important. Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening. We must educate and stand as one to combat this fear and violence and as citizens of the world, work to protect each other’s human rights.

The Promise will be released on April 21 through Open Road Films. All proceeds from Cornell’s song will be donated to the International Rescue Committee, an organization dedicated to humanitarian aid and relief, helping to restore the community and lives of those affected by both conflict and disaster.

Catch Chris Cornell live later this year on tour with Soundgarden as they mix in a batch of headline dates amidst a number of headlining festival slots. All upcoming dates can be found at our 2017 Guide to Rock + Metal Tours.

The Promise Official Trailer

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