SOUNDGARDEN

Alternative Metal / Heavy Alternative Rock • United States
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Soundgarden are an American grunge/alternative metal band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron became the band's full-time drummer in 1986, while bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in 1990. Soundgarden were one of the seminal bands in the creation of grunge, a style of alternative rock that developed in Seattle, and was one of a number of grunge bands signed to the record label Sub Pop. Soundgarden were the first grunge band to sign to a major label (A&M Records, in 1988), though the band did not achieve commercial success until they popularized the genre in the early 1990s with Seattle contemporaries Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam. Soundgarden achieved their, biggest success with the 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and yielded read more...
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SOUNDGARDEN albums / top albums

SOUNDGARDEN Ultramega OK album cover 3.40 | 21 ratings
Ultramega OK
Alternative Metal 1988
SOUNDGARDEN Louder Than Love album cover 3.90 | 28 ratings
Louder Than Love
Alternative Metal 1989
SOUNDGARDEN Badmotorfinger album cover 4.15 | 72 ratings
Badmotorfinger
Alternative Metal 1991
SOUNDGARDEN Superunknown album cover 4.15 | 80 ratings
Superunknown
Heavy Alternative Rock 1994
SOUNDGARDEN Down On The Upside album cover 3.74 | 31 ratings
Down On The Upside
Heavy Alternative Rock 1996
SOUNDGARDEN King Animal album cover 3.56 | 18 ratings
King Animal
Heavy Alternative Rock 2012

SOUNDGARDEN EPs & splits

SOUNDGARDEN Deep Six album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Deep Six
Alternative Metal 1986
SOUNDGARDEN Screaming Life album cover 3.54 | 8 ratings
Screaming Life
Alternative Metal 1987
SOUNDGARDEN Fopp album cover 2.75 | 6 ratings
Fopp
Alternative Metal 1988
SOUNDGARDEN Loudest Love album cover 2.67 | 3 ratings
Loudest Love
Alternative Metal 1990
SOUNDGARDEN SOMMS album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
SOMMS
Alternative Metal 1992
SOUNDGARDEN Songs From The Superunknown album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Songs From The Superunknown
Heavy Alternative Rock 1995
SOUNDGARDEN Before The Doors: Live On I-5 album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Before The Doors: Live On I-5
Alternative Metal 2011
SOUNDGARDEN King Animal Demos album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
King Animal Demos
Heavy Alternative Rock 2013
SOUNDGARDEN Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas
Alternative Metal 2016

SOUNDGARDEN live albums

SOUNDGARDEN Louder Than Live album cover 4.67 | 2 ratings
Louder Than Live
Alternative Metal 1990
SOUNDGARDEN Live On I-5 album cover 3.06 | 5 ratings
Live On I-5
Alternative Metal 2011

SOUNDGARDEN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SOUNDGARDEN re-issues & compilations

SOUNDGARDEN Screaming Life / Fopp album cover 3.67 | 8 ratings
Screaming Life / Fopp
Alternative Metal 1990
SOUNDGARDEN A-Sides album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
A-Sides
Alternative Metal 1997
SOUNDGARDEN Telephantasm album cover 3.75 | 6 ratings
Telephantasm
Alternative Metal 2010
SOUNDGARDEN Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path - Originals album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path - Originals
Alternative Metal 2014
SOUNDGARDEN Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path - Covers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path - Covers
Alternative Metal 2014
SOUNDGARDEN Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path - Oddities album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path - Oddities
Alternative Metal 2014

SOUNDGARDEN singles (24)

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Hunted Down
Alternative Metal 1987
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Loud Love
Alternative Metal 1989
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Flower
Alternative Metal 1989
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Hands All Over
Alternative Metal 1990
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Room A Thousand Years Wide
Alternative Metal 1990
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Outshined
Alternative Metal 1991
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Jesus Christ Pose
Alternative Metal 1991
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Rusty Cage
Alternative Metal 1992
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3.75 | 4 ratings
Spoonman
Heavy Alternative Rock 1994
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3.17 | 3 ratings
The Day I Tried To Live
Heavy Alternative Rock 1994
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2.83 | 3 ratings
My Wave
Heavy Alternative Rock 1994
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3.88 | 4 ratings
Black Hole Sun
Heavy Alternative Rock 1994
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Cold Bitch
Heavy Alternative Rock 1994
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3.17 | 3 ratings
Fell On Black Days
Heavy Alternative Rock 1995
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Pretty Noose
Heavy Alternative Rock 1996
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Blow Up The Outside World
Heavy Alternative Rock 1996
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Burden In My Hand
Heavy Alternative Rock 1996
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Ty Cobb
Heavy Alternative Rock 1997
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Bleed Together
Alternative Metal 1997
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Black Rain
Alternative Metal 2010
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Telephantasm
Heavy Alternative Rock 2010
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Live To Rise
Heavy Alternative Rock 2012
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Been Away Too Long
Heavy Alternative Rock 2012
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3.00 | 2 ratings
By Crooked Steps
Heavy Alternative Rock 2013

SOUNDGARDEN movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Louder Than Live
Alternative Metal 1990
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Motorvision
Alternative Metal 1992
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Telephantasm
Alternative Metal 2010

SOUNDGARDEN Reviews

SOUNDGARDEN Louder Than Love

Album · 1989 · Alternative Metal
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UMUR
"Louder than Love" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US hard/heavy rock act Soundgarden. The album was released through A&M Records in September 1989. "Louder than Love" was the band´s first release on a major label, as "Ultramega OK (1988)" had earned them enough attention to be signed. Soundgarden worked with producer Terry Date on the album, but the writing and recording sessions for the album didn´t go smoothly because of issues with bassist Hiro Yamamoto, who had different ideas to the musical direction of the band. As a consequence Yamamoto would leave Soundgarden shortly after the recording sessions were done.

Stylistically the material on "Louder than Love" are heavier and harder edged than the material on "Ultramega OK (1988)", even touching metal territory now and again. When it comes down to it though, this is just nicely aggressive heavy rock delivered with an attitude (I hear references to artists like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Melvins just to name a few influences). While there are clear vers/chorus structures on all tracks, Soundgarden push the boundaries of the regular vers/chorus format and thereby ensure that the tracks stay intriguing while playing and interesting in the long run too. The occasional use of unconventional time signatures is also a spice to the already creative songwriting, and "Louder than Love" is ultimately a pretty adventurous and original sounding release.

There is a strong rhythmic foundation on the album, and the guitars often deliver some unconventional riffs and leads. However the icing on the cake are the vocals by Chris Cornell. He screams his lungs out on this album. Almost constantly on the verge of blowing his vocal chords (which he eventually did), but still with a great sensitivity for melodic hooks and dynamics.

The material on the 12 track, 53:15 minutes long album are consistent in quality and style. So mentioning tracks like "Hands All Over", "Full on Kevin´s Mom", and "Big Dumb Sex" as highlights, doesn´t make much sense as all tracks on the album are almost equally strong and all are worth a mention. Overall it´s also a fairly varied album, and add to that a powerful, raw, and organic sounding production and we have a high quality release on our hands. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

SOUNDGARDEN Badmotorfinger

Album · 1991 · Alternative Metal
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SilentScream213
One of those revered albums that I just don’t get. Soundgarden has been on the forefront of both the Grunge and Alt Metal movements, and consistently sprinkle in Stoner Metal influence to give themselves a groovy, but occasionally lethargic sound. Badmotorfinger is really where they get their act together, but despite playing in a still fresh genre, Soundgarden already have real trouble standing out.

The fact is, there isn’t anything in this album that grabs me. The riffs aren’t catchy nor are they sharp, just kind of groovy but without soul. The rhythm section is lethargic most of the time, and the vocals are classic yarl vocals that I personally don’t like at all. They don’t really go all out in any direction, sometimes it’s kind of anxious, sometimes it’s more chill, but it’s never doing anything stronger or better than contemporaries. The lyrics are just kind of there, and there aren’t any anthemic or memorable hooks. No memorable anything really.

It’s fine for what it is. I’m not a big fan of Grunge or Stoner so I’ve got my biases. I don’t dislike it at all, just don’t find anything in it worthy of the acclaim it gets.

SOUNDGARDEN Badmotorfinger

Album · 1991 · Alternative Metal
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ssmarcus
11/04/2021 - Since writing this review, I have come regard this album as a 5 out of 5. It appears that a remastered edition of the record has fixed some of the production issue I felt negatively impacted headphone listening. This is one of the best records Chris Cornell has ever put out.

----- Badmotorfinger is an ear-bleed inducing balls to the wall heavy trip from start to finish. Cornell pushes his vocals to the absolute limit of their range and distortion abilities. Despite being the album that brought Soundgarden into the mainstream, the song writing is better than anything else they had done as a group until then. Specifically, this album has a unique way of utilizing Cornell’s vocal leads to resolve the dissonant riffs and accompaniment.

The album’s only downside is the dated production choices which negatively affects earphone listening. But this is easily overcome when playing the album on a good stereo system.

SOUNDGARDEN Badmotorfinger

Album · 1991 · Alternative Metal
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Unitron
"I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run"

People will often debate between Dirt and Nevermind as the definitive grunge album, but in my book it'll always be Badmotorfinger. Maybe part of that comes from that fact that I've practically been hearing this album my whole life, but it also defines grunge like no other album. Heavy, dirty, sludgy, it's a massive behemoth of an album, yet also off the cuff and frantic when it needs to be.

Song titles like Slaves & Bulldozers, Searching With My Good Eye Closed, and Room a Thousand Years Wide are not only great titles, but they just bring to mind images of some pummeling force before it's heard in the music. Drawing Flies is as grungy as you can get, bringing the definition of dirty and grimy to its literal form.

It's a perfect showcase of a pure band displaying their talents, no member really outshining (pun not intended) the other. Chris Cornell gives a fiery vocal performance, from the red-faced screaming of Slaves & Bulldozers to the venom spitting of Drawing Flies, he's the closest anyone's gotten to Rob Halford levels of intensity. Kim Thayil's signature guitar style permeates the album, with little being as iconic as Rusty Cage's opening riff (especially for anyone who's also played Road Rash). Ben Shepherd's bass licks can be deceivingly insane, particularly on the jagged and frantic Jesus Christ Pose, or helping a lumbering rhythm section (Slaves & Bulldozers again). Last but not least, Matt Cameron's drumming is simply a pounding force that cements each song into your head.

I could go on and on about how fantastic this album is, but I don't want to ramble. It's a genre-defining album, and one of the best metal albums of all time.

SOUNDGARDEN Louder Than Live

Live album · 1990 · Alternative Metal
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Unitron
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a fantastic live album. Judas Priest's Unleashed in the East? Metallica's Live Shit? AC/DC's If You Want Blood? Gentle Giant's Playing the Fool? Daft Punk's Alive 2007? Whatever it is, there's plenty to choose from. While live albums can sometimes suffer from bootleg quality productions, there is a good handful of fantastic live albums that perfectly capture a band at their peak and in a sense brings you to the concert displayed on said album. An unfortunately forgotten live album that ranks as one of the best is Soundgarden's Louder Than Live. This was probably due to only being released on VHS and as a promotional CD/cassette/vinyl in 1990 and never being officially re-released since.

Now, this is a live performance. Like all the best live albums, it shows the band at their very best. Soundgarden is in their prime here, and deliver a crushing balls-to-the-wall concert that would scare off anyone who's too used to modern over-polished "extreme" metal. This is about as much energy as you can get without being at the concert yourself. Plus this is the only Soundgarden release where you can hear Jason Everman on bass.

With a setlist consisting mostly songs from the masterpiece that is Louder Than Love, the most doom metal song Soundgarden's ever done, one of the band's earliest songs, and a couple comedic covers, you know you're in a for a treat. It opens up with said doom metal song, the gargantuan behemoth that is "Beyond the Wheel". Like the original studio version, it's haunting and blisteringly heavy. Here though, it's extended to a much more fitting 7 minutes and you can hear it in all of it's glory. Unlike the garage quality of the debut, this has some extra grit in the riffs and Cornell has a bit more of a snarl.

As if "Gun" wasn't a massive beast of a song before, Louder Than Live has the song sounding like it's just going to grab you by the throat and throw you around in the pit until you're on your way to the hospital. You can hear the feedback, the amps sound like they're going to blow any minute, and it shows that Cornell was just as much of a screaming maniac on the stage as in the studio. The discordant "I Awake" sounds even more out of a horror film, and "Big Dumb Sex" opens with some hilarious stage banter. It all closes with covers of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom" and Cheech and Chong's "Earache My Eye". "Big Bottom" works in more ways than one, with Soundgarden having such a heavy bottom end. "Earache My Eye" turns into a heavy grungy biter of a track with total manic screaming and it's a real awesome rendition.

To me these are the best kinds of live albums, the ones that display a band in all of their raw and unbridled rage and musical intensity. It serves as a huge influence for budding musicians like myself, and pushes the drive to get out on a stage and give it your all even more. Watching the VHS brings the whole experience home even more, watching everyone swirl around in the mosh pits and bang their heads like madmen just as the band does themselves. If you can find it, treat yourself to one of the best live albums/videos the metal world has to offer.

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