Some things take time, as Morrissey once (sort of) famously sang. Though they reformed in 2010, Soundgarden had yet to put out any new material, sticking instead to festival gigs and the odd promise of eventually recording. Today, the studio silence was broken as the band released “Live to Rise,” a song off the upcoming soundtrack for The Avengers. It isn’t incredibly original, but when Chris Cornell steps up to wail a big chorus and Kim Thayil lays down a ripping reverberation of a guitar solo, it’s 1991 all over again. Yeah, it’s hard to imagine this supplanting any meaningful track in their set list, but there are worse ways to dip one’s toe back into the water. Listen to the song at KISW’s website, preferably while wearing shades.
The excitement of a new Soundgarden song aside, the rest of The Avengers‘s soundtrack is stylistically anachronistic for 2012. Songs from bands like Bush, Scott Weiland, Evanescence, Shinedown, and Buckcherry fill up the tracklist, ominously setting the stage for a horribly inappropriate score that will lend the movie an unnecessarily abrasive edge. It’s almost like director Joss Whedon borrowed his son’s mix CDs for music inspiration, not realizing that they were burned before he hit puberty. There’s really nothing that can ruin an action flick quicker than some inappropriately blasted hard rock, so let’s hope it doesn’t completely turn out that way. (Indie rock, dude! When in doubt, go with indie rock!) The Avengers is out on May 4, and the soundtrack will be out a few days before. As for Soundgarden, their new album is supposed to be coming out some time this year.