New Soundgarden album bundled with Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

Newly reformed music act's entire <i>Telephantasm: A Retrospective</i> album available a week before hitting retail; packaged with first million North American game units.

Chris Cornell and the Soundgarden crew disbanded in 1997, but they are finally back together and performing live. The band is preparing to release its first album in more than a decade in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

Soundgarden, circa a long time ago.

The Seattle band, heralded as grunge pioneers, will release Telephantasm: A Retrospective in CD form with the first million North American copies of Warriors of Rock a week ahead of the disc's official arrival on October 5. According to Activision, this feat will mark the first time a new music album will be simultaneously released and bundled with a video game. Additionally, the entire album will be available to download day-and-date with the game in the Guitar Hero music store.

All but one of Telephantasm's 12 tracks were featured on previous Soundgarden releases and include hits like "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman." However, the band's unreleased new cut, "Black Rain," will make its debut in Warriors of Rock as one of the game's more than 90 on-disc tracks.

That song was recorded in 1991 during the band's Badmotorfinger's recording sessions. Lead singer Chris Cornell told USA Today it's "sort of the version of Soundgarden that was just thunderous, murderous guitar riffs and pretty dark lyrical content and high screaming vocals."

Activision is no stranger to offering bonus goodies for its music games. Last year, the publisher packaged a two-CD compilation of hits from Jay-Z and Eminem with DJ Hero last year and gave away copies of Guitar Hero: Van Halen with specially marked versions of Guitar Hero 5.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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17 comments
fester420
fester420

Hopefully this will be the last guitar hero game and they go out with a bang. The game looks pretty good with a decent setlist. They need to support it with DLC for about a year and call it quits, Rock Band has the monopoly on rhythm games now.

punkpunker
punkpunker

well at least soundgarden is back to do live shows!

fuzzbender
fuzzbender

nooooooooooo, please i loved soundgarden i still do love the music that was made the sound of the instruments the lyrics the voice of cornell ....leave it be please and don't ruin it all cornell..you have changed and it was truly for the worse..as an artist of course, so please leave soundgarden alone, you need money? get a dayjob man or continue to do that sh*tt* music you do now, i'm glad that you are all sobered up and enjoy live and all but that don't make for good song material man, so please let the past be the past.

GC4ever
GC4ever

wait so this 'new' soundgarden CD is another greatest hits? hell i've already got that....well looks like i'll torrent 'black rain' and i was really hoping it was NEW.....

rockstar_88
rockstar_88

Bundling a soundtrack with the game doesn't hide the fact that Guitar Hero is still crap compared to Rock Band. Sorry, Activision, but you aren't getting my money.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

They forgot the fine print at the bottom: "This GameSpot article sponsored by Activision."

gc88
gc88

soundgarden is awesome. but this is major selling out

thorughfire
thorughfire

I think we agree that Soundgarden (despite being an older band) is still good, I like their music. Im picking up this game either way but a free live Soundgarden album is a plus so dont hate on it,ITS FREE!

wilson336
wilson336

I want NEW Soundgarden. Not a re-hash of the songs I already have!! C'mon Cornell.

never-named
never-named

Misleading [expletive]s! Also, I'm still not clear if 'Black Rain' is going to be a regular unreleased track or a re-recording a la 'Brother' from Pearl Jam's Ten reissue...

Dan21278
Dan21278

NO!! NO!!! NO WAY The Knights of the Sound Table are WAY too good for Activison. I REFUSE to accept this. This is very sad day. Now i know what Black Hole Sun is about. LOL I'm sad now :(

ichc1000x
ichc1000x

Wow. Activision is shoving a bunch of extra's in so people will actually buy the game. Typical.

Talldude80
Talldude80

whoopy-de-do! a bunch of old Soundgarden songs and 1 old unreleased song included with a game. If they make an actual NEW album with NEW songs, THEN I might be interested. But for now, I'll pass. Talk about false advertisement.....

MrGoodKill
MrGoodKill

@Aurul_Assault: Uhhh yeah, I'm in total agreement with you there. In addition to songs already recorded for other albums they're including one "new" song that was recorded sometime in 1990 or 1991. That hardly qualifies as new, at least in my book.

Aural_Assault
Aural_Assault

That's pretty misleading to call it a "new" album when it's barely more than a greatest hits collection.