"Been Away Too Long"

"You can't go home," Chris Cornell warns in a loose, blues-beast yowl. That sentiment might've applied to "Live to Rise," the soft-bellied song Soundgarden lodged on the Avengers soundtrack. But the newest offering from their first studio LP in 16 years is a spry sludge slide worthy of that stank-caked legacy. The band's grunge-defining molten swing isn't airtight yet; it's more like someone poked the crankiest troll under the filthiest bridge in Seattle and he's waking up to stomp the day.

From The Archives Issue 1167: October 11, 2012