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2002 debut from this band featuring former Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell backed by 3/4ths of Rage Against The Machine.
The debut of thundering supergroup Audioslave--featuring members of Rage Against the Machine post-Zack de la Rocha with ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell--is as much curio as fascinating blend of visions. Cornell might be outnumbered, but his unmistakable holler and nihilistic imagery ensure that Audioslave, the album, recalls early Soundgarden. That's especially true since de la Rocha took Rage's signature rap and politicking with him. Still, if this is Soundgarden, it's Soundgarden set to stun. Rage guitarist Tom Morello is more of a mauler than Kim Thayil ever was--witness "Shadow on the Sun," which moves from bruising thud to psychedelic freak-out and back again--while the Rage rhythm section of Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk anchor the bottom end with pure instrumental cement. Intentionally or not, "Gasoline" bears passing resemblance to "Rusty Cage," while the sweeping "I Am the Highway" and slow-burning "The Last Remaining Light" best showcase Cornell's surprisingly New Age-y lyrical bent. Cover art by Storm Thorgerson, who gave Pink Floyd records their distinctive stamp, underscores the set's inherent celebrity. Fans of Rage and Soundgarden can raise clenched fists in unison, for Audioslave is win-win. --Kim Hughes
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If you are a huge fan Rage Against The Machine (like I am) and a big fan of Soundgarden (like I am) the sheer strength and power in Chris Cornell's voice and the pure anger in Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilks exquisite playing you get the perfect band.......AUDIOSLAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There are a few surprises on the album; such as the haunting The Last Remaining Light and Getaway Car.Also the terrible truths in Cornells vocals and lyrics every single song.
The intensity on this album is just phenomenal you don't know whats going to come next.But when you do final realize it's knock out punches come at you again and again.
Do AUDIOSLAVE the honour of buying their album and find out what the hole rock world is in an uproar about!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For those of you who were fans of Rage, it all depends on why you were a fan whether you appreciate this record or not. If the real appeal for you was Zach De La Rocha's rap-style vocal more than the bombastic groove of the band, then you may not enjoy this release as much as I did(and still do). With Cornell on the mic you get Soundgarden-like song structure, but you still have the perfect groove of Rage. These songs are MUCH less political, and more radio friendly.
This is usually a bad thing when it comes to hard rock. So many bands lose their edge when they try to appeal to a more mainstream audience, but I don't believe that's the case here. The edge is still there, just not in every track. These songs aren't experimental in an instrumental sense, or a lyrical sense. They are just typical, serious, well-crafted, straight forward rock songs. We even get quirky guitar wiz Tom Morello playing a straight forward acoustic-like track (see "I Am The
Highway"). His experimental playing takes a backseat to Cornell's haunting vocals on many of these songs. I think that Rage realizes what they have in Chris Cornell, and they want to showcase it. All lyrics were written by Cornell, and this is very obvious. In one of the best tracks on the release("Show Me How To Live"), Cornell rants "Nail in my hand, from my creator, you gave me a life, now show me how to live.Read more ›
When I read the hype on Velvet Revolver one would think that the so-called "Supergroup" battle would heat up but I doubt that will happen in the short-term anyway. Audioslave trounces Velvet Revolver in terms quality, production, music and importantly the song writing where VR falls down heavily.
I have played this CD to the brink and it would appear that I need to go out and purchase another copy. I feel obliged to pay $20 for it rather than rip it off from somewhere, because that minor $20 has made the last year at least more enjoyable. Who really needs to be rich or famous when you throw this CD in on a long drive where during every listen to come to appreciate the absolute talent this band displays?
The song list has been reviewed heavily already however more recently Like A Stone and Getaway Car where the two I tended to repeat after hearing the CD all the way through.
The sales from this one will never do Audioslave justice. If this was from a new group without any great expectation it probably would have moved 10 million copies +. Sure it didn't change the world like "Nevermind" did and will not be ever mentioned in the same league but blow me down Audioslave is actually a much better album musically and lyrically at least.
Commerford is underrated to the extreme but he really carries this one before Morello launches into his trademark solos.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I love these guys! Excellent singing, guitar, drums and bass all mixed together for an above par work of art that raises your soul above the grind when you need it. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2008 by G. Castonguay
I recently purchased this album and let me tell you something, Chris Connell proves why is one of the best voices in metal. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2006 by Jason Hutton
Honestly this is the best piece of music I have ever heard. I can't name a single bad thing about this album. This is an album that every fan of rock/alternative should own. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2004 by IDM
The three hits from this album, "Cochise", "Like a Stone" and "I am the Highway" are all good, but not great. Read morePublished on July 6 2004
Rage Against the Machine and Sound Garden were both awesome bands apart from one another, they had completely different styles and sounds and thats how it should have been, after... Read morePublished on July 3 2004