Grunge pioneers Soundgarden surprised a few people when they decided to get back together, but probably surprised many more when they announced they'd be getting off the festival circuit to write and record again. It's been a while and I'm not convinced there's ever been a truly great reunion album, so the aim for the Seattle veterans on "King Animal", their first studio outing since 1996, is to avoid a flop and reassert themselves as artists before setting their sights higher. Scepticism can be excused given some of Chris Cornell's solo work since the 90s. Read more
"We decided to write horror music" is how Ozzy Osbourne describes Black Sabbath's birth in the great new heavy-metal oral history, Louder Than Hell. And that's exactly what they're doing, once again, on 13 – a reunion set with three-quarters of the original band – that revisits, and to an extent recaptures, the crushing, awesomely doomy spectacle of their first few records.
Classic rock stalwarts Deep Purple released their new album, titled ‘NOW What?!,’ last Tuesday (April 30). By the standards which we might reasonably expect to measure new work from an older band, it’s very good — or at least, the parts of it that are any good are very good.
It’s always difficult for bands with decades of history to move forward in recording new material. They’re forced to walk a fine line between repeating themselves, and re-inventing themselves to such a huge degree that they no longer capture the classic sound for which they were famous. Read more