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Soundgarden is a Seattle rock band who helped to define the sound that came to be called grunge. Despite starting years earlier, and having a sound that more closely resembled Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin than their contemporaries, they are considered one of the "big four" of the '90s Seattle grunge bands, along with Alice In Chains, Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

The band was formed in 1984 by Chris Cornell (vocals, and originally drums) and Hiro Yamamoto (bass), to be joined later by Kim Thayil (guitar) and Scott Sundquist (drums). Read more on Last.fm

Soundgarden on Thrash Hits

Interview: Rise To Remain’s Austin Dickinson on Black Sabbath in Hyde Park

May 12th, 2014

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Soon after we posted a piece pondering the future of festivals once the heritage rock and metal bands of the past 40 years retire, the still mighty Black Sabbath announced that they would be headlining an all-star cast including Faith No More, Motörhead and Soundgarden. Headlining the fourth stage, however, is a somewhat younger band: Rise To Remain.

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The future of British rock and metal festivals

April 1st, 2014

With Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead and Soulfly (and Wolfmother…) set to fill the main stage of a day at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park this July, it struck Raziq Rauf that the same bill could easily have been announced in 2000 to the same fanfare. What has (or has not) happened in the last 14 years for this to be the case and what does the future have in store?

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What is the future of music festivals? I’m not talking 2015 (because 2014’s summer season lineup is just about fully lined up), I’m talking about something more like 2025. What is going to happen to our music festivals in the next ten years? Will Metallica still be headlining on a rota with Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Linkin Park? The classic rockers like Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Black Sabbath have a shelf-life. Are Avenged Sevenfold or Rammstein the answer? While they sell out arenas in London and that simply translates to headlining Donington or Knebworth, neither have ever had quite the same impact as those first mentioned few and they likely never will.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 006: The Art of the Perfect Gig

July 18th, 2012

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It’s been a little longer than normal between podcasts, and it’s for one simple reason – we’ve been to so many gigs since the last podcast that we simply haven’t found the time to be in the same room for long enough to record an episode. Handily, that’s the inspiration for the main topic of conversation on this week’s episode – just what is it that makes a gig great?

Did any of the gigs we’ve been too recently – including Faith No More, Pearl Jam, Baroness, Monuments, Kerouac and Sacred Mother Tongue to name but a few – made the grade as “classic” gigs? Raz and Hugh debate this question, as well as going over their all-time favourite shows.

The Thrash Hits Podcast 006: The Art of the Perfect Gig

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 002: Download Festival 2012 Reviewed

June 15th, 2012

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Yep, it’s back – it’s time for episode 002 of the Thrash Hits podcast. We would’ve had it up yesterday, but iTunes was breaking our balls. This week Thrash Hits’ editors, Raziq Rauf and Hugh Platt, review the Download Festival 2012 line-up, discuss which bands fluffed it on the main stage, and sees Raz keep interrupting Hugh’s moaning with his bad James Hetfield impression.

The Thrash Hits Podcast 002: Download Festival 2012 Reviewed

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Did Soundgarden just blow the next Download Festival announcement?

January 16th, 2012

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Soundgarden just posted this on their official Facebook page. In addition to the five names only just released by Zane Lowe, there are nine others – co-incidentally, the same number of names set to be announced by Daniel P Carter later tonight. Did someone in Soundgarden’s camp post the wrong picture? OOPS. **UPDATE** It’s now been pulled from Soundgarden’s page (though we’ve got a screengrab). Do you think that make it more or less legit? Heaven forbid we speculate (Yes).

As you can see above, the nine new names are Machine Head, Anthrax, Trivium, Lamb of God, Devin Townsend, DevilDriver, Little Angels, Ugly Kid Joe, and August Burns Red. It also seems to confirm that Soundgarden will be sub-headlining the Main Stage under Black Sabbath, while Machine Head, Tenacious D, and YouMeAtSix are lined up for Second Stage headline spots – YouMeAtSix have even confirmed as much (via Josh Franceschi’s Twitter account). **UPDATE** According to Andy Copping’s Twitter page, Tenacious D will be playing the Main Stage before Biffy Clyro, and Machine Head will be playing the Main Stage before Chase and Status, and not headlining the Second Stage, as we’d previously inferred.

Is this legit? We’re still not 100% sure (we’re just 99.99%). We guess we’ll have to wait until Daniel P Carter confirms it later this evening… See? Told you.

Soundgarden, Biffy Clyro, YouMeAtSix, Chase and Status, and Tenacious D all added to Download Festival 2012

January 16th, 2012

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In the first of tonight’s Download Festival 2012 announcements, Soundgarden, Biffy Clyro, YouMeAtSix, Chase and Status and Tenacious D have been added to the bill of this year’s festival. Zane Lowe confirmed the names in an official announcement on BBC Radio 1. They join the already-announced Main Stage headliners of Metallica, Black Sabbath, and The Prodigy.

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Win!! Chris Cornell’s new solo acoustic non-Soundgarden album, Songbook

November 15th, 2011

We absolutely love Soundgarden, which is why we weren’t overly enamoured with Chris Cornell releasing a new solo album instead of a new Soundgarden album BUT from all the comments under the review it seems there are loads of you who will support Chris Cornell regardless of what he’s releasing. This one is for you guys. You can have a free copy of this album by answering an easy question.

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Who do you want to see headline the summer festivals in 2011?

November 18th, 2010

With Andy Copping Twittering about having “two Download headliners locked in” and Sonisphere’s people flyering at the Deftones gig in Brixton last night, the UK summer festival season of 2011 is well and truly under way.

But who’s gonna be headlining? That’s what everyone really cares about. Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden and Foo Fighters are all surely out of the festival picture seeing as they’ve got their own massive shows to sell but there are still plenty of options.

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