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Soundgarden will always be viewed, first and foremost, as one of the four cornerstone bands of 1990s’ Grunge; but the Seattle-based quartet actually predated the movement and, as of late, transcended it, by successfully regrouping after a lengthy hiatus. The roots of Soundgarden date back to the mid-’80s, when guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto relocated from Chicago to Seattle (along with another friend, Bruce Pavitt, later to found the famed independent record label Sub Pop). Once there, the pair connected with local drummer, then vocalist, Chris Cornell and by 1986, Matt Cameron had assumed the new band’s drum stool. The following year saw Soundgarden’s debut single and EP released via the likewise newly launched Sub Pop, followed in late ’88 by the ‘Ultramega OK’ album, which later earned a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. By then, Soundgarden had signed a major label deal with A&M Records, put out 1989’s influential ‘Louder than Love’ album, replaced Yamamoto with bassist Ben Shepherd, and moved their sound beyond its SST-inspired hardcore origins towards a distinctive blend of heavy metal, indie, college and punk rock — all building blocks for Grunge. And then, once Nirvana’s paradigm-shifting arrival had catapulted the entire Seattle “scene” to mainstream status, Soundgarden went on to contributed two of the genre’s seminal works in 1991’s ‘Badmotorfinger’ and ’94’s ‘Superunknown,’ both of which shifted millions of copies worldwide. But the pressures of stardom and straight-up fatigue had clearly taken a toll on the band’s internal relationships and creative resources by the release of 1996’s lackluster ‘Down on the Upside,’ leading to the announcement of Soundgarden’s breakup in April of ’97. Cornell embarked on a solo career and later hooked up with 3/4 of Rage Against the Machine in Audioslave, while Cameron joined fellow Grunge starts Pearl Jam, and Thayil and Shephered busied themselves with lower profile side projects. Then, in 2010, the four men resurrected Soundgarden for selective touring and wound up recording a sixth studio album entitled ‘King Animal’ — all of which proved their talents and popularity remained intact for further adventures.

Selected Discography: ‘Louder than Love’ (1989), ‘Badmotorfinger’ (1991), ‘Superunknown’ (1994) Related Artists: Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl jam, Temple of the Dog, Mudhoney Further Reading: 10 Best Soundgarden Songs Read More: Soundgarden News

Soundgarden Aim to Release New Album in 2016

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Soundgarden will begin writing once again after completing their current Australian Soundwave dates.

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Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Offers Predictions for 2015 Oscars

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is letting fans know who he thinks will take home Oscars after Sunday night.

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Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil: Pearl Jam Was the Only Big Seattle Band That Didn’t ‘Borrow From Us’

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

In a new interview, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil takes ownership of the Seattle grunge guitar style.

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No Nirvana, No Pearl Jam, No Soundgarden: Radio Station Bans Seattle Bands Ahead of NFL Playoff

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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images / Jason Oxenham, Getty Images / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

94.5 the Lake has announced their ‘Say No to Seattle’ campaign, during which they won’t play any music from bands who hail from Seattle.

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Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil Talks ‘Echo of Miles’ Rarities Collection, Band’s Legacy + More

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Soundgarden's Kim Thayil speaks with 'Loudwire Nights' host Full Metal Jackie about the band's epic 'Echo of Miles' rarities collection.

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Soundgarden Unleash Trippy Video for ‘Storm’

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Soundgarden have unveiled a trippy, eye-catching video for their new song 'Storm.'

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Soundgarden Unveil Lost Song ‘Kristi’ + Plan ‘Ultramega OK’ Reissue

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Soundgarden have released another previously unheard track off their 'Echoes of Miles' compilation.

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Win a Soundgarden ‘Echo of Miles’ Prize Package!

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Find out how you could win the Soundgarden 'Echo of Miles' rarities collection along with a t-shirt, hoodie and poster.

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Soundgarden to Unleash Massive Collection ‘Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path’

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Soundgarden are issuing a 3-disc 'Echo of Miles' rarities collection, featuring a few original tracks, covers and some oddities.

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Soundgarden Release New Track ‘Storm’

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Soundgarden fans were treated to a surprise with the release of a brand new song 'Storm.'

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