live to rise soundgarden


If you are not a ‘grunge’ or Soundgarden fan you may want to tune out now.




And while this is about Soundgarden I probably should have posted this yesterday. Because yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the death of another Pacific Northwest music icon – Layne Staley. Layne Staley the lead singer of my favorite Pacific Northwest band of this genre Alice in Chains. His distinctive voice and style of singing created the dark emotional sound that made Alice’s music the best of the west. So. Before I get to Soundgarden … in memory of Layne … here is what I would consider two of his finest musical moments:


Man in the Box



Down in a Hole







They are here today because they are putting out their 1st new cd in umpteen years. And the first song, Live to Rise, is just making its way onto the airwaves.


If you like Soundgarden you are really going to like this:


Live to Rise


It is everything I loved about Soundgarden in their first incarnation (big rolling bass riffs and deep chords) with a more mature sounding Chris Cornell (who I believe has one of the underrated voices of rock ‘n roll).


I am fairly sure I have written about Pacific Northwest music in the past but just in case … I was never a Nirvana fan. Just didn’t get the appeal <albeit I love Grohl & the Foos>.


Mudhoney, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Temple of the Dog. All better than Nirvana in my eyes <or ears>.


And, honestly, I don’t know what they put in the water up there but the new indie incarnation of that piece of geography <Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service – which is Ben Gibbard 2.0 – Laura Veirs and with the Shins relocating there> is pretty amazing.





I love the new Soundgarden.


The song is also the first release from the new Avengers soundtrack which looks frickin’ amazing <the soundtrack … not the movie>.


On a completely random note … this version of The Avengers has nothing to do with the very old Avengers tv series and the horrendous movie version released several years ago. Slightly unfortunate it isn’t another try at the original 1960’s television Avengers … a quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentrically suave British agent and his female partner.

But, of course, nothing will ever match the campy original Ms. Emma Peel and Mr. John Steed.





Moving on.

This Marvel comics Avengers soundtrack which looks awesome …



The tracklisting for Avengers Assemble is as follows:

1. ‘Live to Rise’ – Soundgarden

2. ‘I’m Alive’ – Shinedown

3. ‘Dirt and Roses’ – Rise Against

4. ‘Even If I Could’ – Papa Roach

5. ‘Unbroken’ – Black Veil Brides

6. ‘Breath’ – Scott Weiland

7. ‘Comeback’ – Redlight King

8. ‘Into the Blue’ – Bush

9. ‘A New Way to Bleed (Photek Remix)’ – Evanescence

10. ‘Count Me Out’ – PUSHERJONES

11. ‘Shoot to Thrill’ – Theory of a Deadman

12. ‘Wherever I Go’ – Buckcherry

13. ‘From Out of Nowhere’ – Five Finger Death Punch

14. ‘Shake the Ground’ – Cherri Bomb

Additional track on the international release:

15. ‘Pistols At Dawn’ – Kasabian

Hope you enjoyed the new Soundgarden. If you like this kind of music this soundtrack looks awesome.

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Written by Bruce