Pearl Jam, Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown, Godsmack, Killswitch Engage, and More Talk Soundgarden
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 06:29:47
If you've written a rock 'n' roll song in the past 20 years, you were influenced by Soundgarden in some way, shape, or form. It's simply a fact.
The Seattle legends not only personally evolved with each successive release, but they elevated the playing field for everybody else. That formula repeated with the release of 2012's King Animal [Loma Vista Recordings/Republic Records]. It was ARTISTdirect.com's "Album of the Year" for good reason—it's everything fans hoped for from the quartet and so much more.
Given their seismic impact on rock music, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief asked a myriad of artists ranging from Pearl Jam to Avenged Sevenfold to Killswitch Engage to share a memory of the band or talk King Animal.
Check out what they had to say below and don't miss Soundgarden on tour this winter!
Can you share a Soundgarden memory or your thoughts on King Animal?
Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam & RNDM
Jeff Ament: King Animal is awesome. I'm really into side two right now. When you first hear the record, I think you understand the songs on side one quicker. Now, for me, there's more depth to the songs on side two. It's classic Soundgarden. It's a really good record.
Brent Smith of Shinedown
Brent Smith: The first time I heard Soundgarden was "Flower". That's going way early. I was in ninth grade, and I was at a house party. "Flower" was playing on a record in the background. I saw the cover of Louder Than Love too at that point. A year or so went by, and I didn't go out of my way to learn anymore. Then, of course, Badmotorfinger happened. That's when they started working with Terry Date. I remember seeing "Jesus Christ Pose" on MTV Headbangers Ball, and I was like, "I remember that voice!" I found out more about them at the time.
Sully Erna of Godsmack
Sully Erna: I was actually living in Quincy, Massachusetts and playing with a band called Meliah Rage when I first heard Soundgarden. I remember we used to play softball every Sunday. There was another local band called Wargasm that we used to play with. We'd have softball games, and they'd bring radios. One of the guitar players from Wargasm had a Soundgarden record. I remember hearing "Rusty Cage" and songs like that. That's when I first heard them.
M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold
M. Shadows: I haven't heard King Animal yet, but I have it downloaded! It's on my iPod. I've been a Soundgarden fan. When the alternative explosion happened, I liked Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Nirvana. I was still very much into Megadeth, Pantera, Metallica, and Anthrax though too.
Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage & Times of Grace
Jesse Leach: I've always liked Soundgarden! Derek Kerswill would show me bands. I never really knew old Soundgarden like Louder Than Love. He played me Louder Than Love for the first time. When I heard it, that's the Soundgarden I started to fall in love with. It was so raw-sounding. If you heard Nevermind and went back to Bleach, it's a totally different band. Louder Than Love and Badmotorfinger are great records.
Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria
Ben Bruce: I was about 15- or 16-years-old when I first heard Soundgarden. I was listening to a lot of Nirvana and stuff like that. There were a few jams I listened to as a kid that I loved. You could put them on today, and I'd still love them.
Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats & AxeWound
Liam Cormier: I am Soundgarden fan! I'm 32-years-old so I grew up in that Alice in Chains and Soundgarden era. I got into Soundgarden through the whole Seattle thing back in the day. I was pretty young. I haven't gotten to check out King Animal aside from "Been Away Too Long". I like it.
Tommy Smith of Leogun
Tommy Smith: I'm listening to King Animal a lot. I've been indulging in that quite a bit. How fucking refreshing is it to hear a proper rock record? There are some great moments in it. I'm living and breathing that album at the moment, and it's teaching me to keep it heavy and loud. My favorite song is probably "Blood on the Valley Floor". That song could've been on Superunknown.
What's your favorite song from King Animal?
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