Audioslave

Audioslave

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Audioslave

At first glance, the idea of grafting Chris Cornell's blues-rooted, rock-god yowl onto the stuttering industrial-strength rhythms of Rage Against the Machine seems untenably Frankensteinian -- and indeed, the combination almost didn't survive past this recording session. But through some clever maneuvering (and a little sleight of hand), Audioslave create a sometimes gripping, sometimes outright commanding noise. Both Cornell and the ex-Ragers move toward the hard-rock center from their usual outposts, staging demolition derby–stylehead-on collisions with songs like the Zeppelin-inspired romp "Exploder" and the wailing statement of purpose "Cochise." With his unapologetically stagy presence, Cornell strides resolutely through the metal-flaked funk landscape of "Light My Way," while Tom Morello, freed from the overtly Marxist dictums of Rage past, lets his guitar-hero flag fly on shredding numbers such as "Like a Stone." There are moments when the experiment goes seriously wrong -- such as the old-school power-ballad "I Am the Highway" reviving clich�s from the days when Cinderella strutted arena stages hither and yon. More often than not, though, the quartet, who maintain the Rage credo "all sounds are made by guitar, bass and drums," stick to meat-and-potatoes riff-rock. That might come as a bit of a disappointment to those who prefer their mosh pit fodder studded with postgraduate sloganeering, but folks with a yen for down-and-dirty sonics will have no trouble submitting to Audioslave.

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Release Date: 11/19/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998696822
catalogNumber: 86968

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Audioslave 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Ordered from MovieMars, they cancelled and refunded after two weeks with no explanation. Will order from Amazon or eBay next time.n
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect. I had only heard "Cochise", but today I bought the album and was blown away by it. Cornell's vocal's, Tom's funky solos, the rythm section, it all just rocks. There is not one weak track here. Buy this now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I mean really, this one of the truly great rock albums ever recorded, its too bad so many people cant get over the fact that Rage and Soundgarden no longer exist. This isnt either of those bands, they are Audioslave, and they have transended to a new level of greatness with their 2 wonderful albums. Anyone who gave this album less than 5 stars needs to turn on their hearing aid, this is true rock music, not just mindless screaching in an attempt to be louder than the other mindless bands being played today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is AWESOME!! Chris Cornell has one of the best voices in music...put that together with the blasting sound of Rage Against The Machine and it's unbelievable! BUY THIS ALBUM!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you like Soundgarden? Do you like Rage Against the Machine? Then you will love Audioslave!!! Rock/Funk in it's best form from the greatest musicians!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album Rocks!!! This is one of the best cd's I have. It's no RAGE but it is almost just a good. There is only one RATM but then agiain there is only 1 AudioSlave. You need to buy this album all tracks are BOMBTRACKS!!! Keep on RAGING!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Audioslave was the most hotly anticipated musical project of the last ten years. To bring you up to speed, Audioslave is a collaboration between ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, and Tom Morello and the remaining members of rap-metal outfit Rage Against the Machine, which dissolved in 2001. Like every rock fan I know, I was intrigued, and anxious to hear the results of this remarkable collaboration. I've now heard it and it rocks. The lead-off single from "Audioslave" is "Cochise", which has been storming up the rock charts and is receiving massive spins at rock stations nationwide. Why all the hype? Audioslave delivers exactly what music fans expect. Chris Cornell's banshee howl is a potent as ever, maybe even better than in the Soundgarden days. Cornell's inner-voice propels lyrics of deep thought onto the written page, and his outer-voice belts them with sheer abandon. As a former Rage Against the Machine fan I can say Cornell's vocals make me realize what we were missing all those years with only a rapper at the mike. Tom Morello's guitar is consistently genius, and his work on this disc is no different. We do get a more complete view of Morello's skills with Audioslave due to the increased versatility of having a singer in the band. Where guitar lines would have normally "carried" a Rage tune, Morello can now be content to let a more-than-qualified frontman fill out the sound. Morello's gift for funky, rhythm oriented progressions still shines, as does his penchant for creating unusual noises with only a guitar. Get this disc now and check out "Set It Off" first, a stomping metal screamer that showcases hints of the political rock so familiar to Rage fans. Other cuts to love... "Cochise", the bottom heavy "What You Are", the soul-baring "I Am the Highway", and "Light My Way", a throwback grunge tune which P2P file-sharers have been swapping for a year now.This disc sounds just like the singer of Soundgarden singing for Rage Against the Machine and damn, that's a good thing.--TD
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to the Audioslave cd I didn't know whether to go riot or give someone a hug or just all out "get down wit my badself." This combination of Alternative-rock-funk-jazz-acid-funk-rock-blues....to hell with labels, this band just friggin rocks! If you have money, then good you're probably doing well but if you are artistically challenged or need some new friggen tunes to jam to then go out and get this album. Excuse my puncuation and/or spelling; I live in Iowa.
Guest More than 1 year ago
People might think this is just a RATM spin off. But it isn't. The sound of Audioslave is very original, though somewhat influenced by RATM (that's because it has the musicians of RATM). At first glance Audioslave might not sound so great, but when you get to it, it's awesome. Lyrics are very well done, and probably the best part of the music. Also Tom Morello's guitar-playing is wonderful once again. There's really nothing bad to say about this CD. Chris Cornell's vocals give a great atmosphere to the music. I recommend this album to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You wouldn't think a former frontman of a grunge band and three rap-metal musicians could coexist and make a very good album, but they managed somehow to blend the styles together and make some good rock. My favorite songs are "I Am the Highway" and "What You Are." It's a smart buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! This is the shot in the arm that music hasn¿t seen since ¿The New Yardbirds¿!!! Audioslave has stepped up to carry the mantle of Led Zeppelin as the one true SUPERGROUP! Cornell¿s vocals bring both edge and empathy to one of the most groundbreaking rhythm sections in music history. Having transcended the sum of their parts, Audioslave gives a nod of homage to is predecessors, Soundgarden & RageAgainstTheMachine, and forges ahead into territories previously unimagined by artist and fan alike. Anyone who isn¿t moved by this album should be checked for a pulse, because this is groove beyond!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Audioslave has got to be the best new band of the year. It's more than just a combination of Rage and Soundgarden, it's an entirely new band. When I heard about Rage's breaking up, I was immediately waiting for what I was expecting to be one of the best cd's of all time, and "Audioslave" is more than I expected. The first time I heard about the band going to the studio, I knew the outcome would be incredible. This cd is well worth the $15 spent to get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you didn't really go for RATM, but loved Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Euphoria Morning (read: Chris Cornell is god..) you wont be disappointed by this cd, the remaining RATM members can finally put out some decent sounds without it being all whacked around and who would have ever believed it, a amazing vocalist is fronting them. Also, "I am the Highway" is a great song, the cd is worth buying just for that tune alone (read: everyone has their own tastes, but if you're into the sounds of the former groups these guys played with, warm up the amp...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know. The term "Supergroup" has been used for some artists who didn't live up to the hype. This is not the case with this masterpiece from 2 of my all time favorite groups. I have to admit, when I first heard about these guys collaborating, I didn't know what to think. I was a little afraid, because they have so much to live up to. Let me tell you though, this album is better than I could have ever imagined! Honestly, one of best recordings I've ever heard. There is something for everyone on this CD, but especially if you like good rock music. I could go through every cut, and explain how they make me feel when I hear them, but I think you should listen yourself and let the music move you. Each song is fantastic in it's own way. There are no fillers. If you love real music, please do yourself a favor, and buy this CD. Thanks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tribal drums. Thunderous bass. Crushing riffs. Primal screams. And this is only the first track. "Cochise", the first single from Audioslave's self-titled debut album, kicks the album off in a fury of guitars, drums, and vocals not heard since the days of greats like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. The standard set by this ferocious opening track is raised higher the further one gets into this album. Songs like "Show Me How to Live", "Gasoline", and "Exploder" are exactly what you were expecting to hear from this group. However, the real highlight to this album is not the balls-to-the-walls rockers, but the soulful, insightful ballads, most notably "Getaway Car" and "I Am the Highway". But this album is much more than the RATM/Chris Cornell show. It's the birth of Audioslave, and nowhere on this album is that more apparent than in the 3 songs not heard on the leaked demos, "What You Are", "Set it Off", and "Hypnotize". "What You Are" is one of the most powerful pieces on the album, combining introspective lyrics with a great musical track. "Set it Off" sounds more like Deep Purple or Zeppelin than any Soundgarden or RATM song, with a fury all its own. Last but not least is "Hypnotize", a really intriguing track. On first listen, I was really confused. This was really new musical ground for everyone concerned. It sounds basically like a techno track played by actual musicians. But after a couple of listens, it just fits. It's fresh, exciting, and really grabs your attention in the middle of the album. Its so good to hear Chris Cornell singing with such entusiasm. And how bout the Rage boys? I alway knew they had it in them. When I first caught wind of it, I was skeptical, mostly because I was really afraid Chris would rap. But this is exactly what I expected. Super tight rhythms, thunderous bass, killer riffs, and powerful vocals. All in all, this is an amazing album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The long awaited, debut album from the amalgamation of Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine, Audioslaves new album (self-titled) is a solidly built, brilliant, infectious, alternative rock album. Combining the vocals of Ex-Soundgarden member Chris Cornell with the howling vibrato guitar of Tom Morello plus Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford working the rhythms on bass and percussion respectively. The stand-out songs for me are COCHISE, GASOLINE, SHADOW ON THE SUN and SET IT OFF. COCHISE is a truly classic song reminiscent of Guerilla Radio by RATM. GASOLINE is my personal favorite with the simple chorus ¿aaaaaahhhhhhh! Burning that Gasoline¿. SHADOW ON THE SUN is a catchy song that has deadly metaphors in the verses. SET IT OFF is another classic demanding that the children ¿set it off and set it on fire¿. Overall I give this new album a 10 out of 10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Audioslave is at least as good as Soundgarden and RAGE (both of which I liked.) It has the better aspects of both groups, giving it its own unique, great sound. This is one of the only rock albums recently released where every track is good. none of the songs seem like fillers
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all i wanna say chis is the best vocalist i have ever heard!!!!! I love the funky influences they all have on eachother, Chris and his wierd vocal thing he does in the song Show me how to live.... Not to mention Tom marello is a genius!! The Cd is awesome from start to finish, i wouldn't change anything. It certainly is a Refreshing change to the same ol same ol music that is out there now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you plan on buying a new cd this year and you haven't purchased this cd yet, then you should. This album has all the great aspects of any great record. It can make your nose bleed while at the same time put you to sleep. Morello's chunky guitar riffs mixed with Cornell's melodic banshee-type vocals brings us back to the days of simple guitar, drum, bass, and vocal bands. The record hasn't been overproduced, (unlike a lot of records these days), and has a wide range of simple, creative sounds. Tracks like "I Am the Highway" and "Hypnotize" may drag you into a calm, euphoric state. While "Set It Off," "Cochise," and "Show Me How to Live" will bury your face in the ground. Almost every song on the record features undeniable "how do you do that?" solos brought to the table by Morello's creative genius. Commerford's bass and Wilk's drumming techinques add a solid bottom end to each tune, respectively. And though Chris Cornell is in his mid-thirties, he can still give us those high, scorching vocals that we all know and love so well. For fans of both old and new, this cd is a must have. There's no better feeling than buying a new cd and knowing that you got your money's worth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're not convinced by all the other reviews,here's one more.Yes it's that good!Cornell has a great voice and writes very cool lyrics.Morello is a very unique and innovative guitar player.Commerford & Wilk groove as deep as the ocean.This is one of the best bands to come around in a long time.It is a must have for every rock music fan.Go get it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Audioslave has earned their place at #1 on the top of my list of favorite bands. I was extremely happy when i heard that cornell had hooked up with the guys from rage, but this turned out so much better than I had expected. I dont care how easy it could be to download the album, it is worth every cent that can be spared. I dont have a lot of money (college is expensive) but id buy this any day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love audioslave
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is awesome. The powerful voice of Chris Cornell and the incredible tightness of Rage are a perfect match. Tom Morello does some amazing things on this album. I saw a review that somebody wrote saying how she liked the synth in "Like A Stone", well obviously Tom fooled her with just one of his guitar techniques. "Cochise" and "Show Me How To Live" are real tight songs that I really dig, but they are just two out of about 7 or 8. Another song like "Shadow on the Sun" has a simple but tasty solo in it that gives me a good feeling everytime I hear it. Finally, "The Last Remaining Light" closes the album. A beautiful song that sounds like Tom's guitar amp sounds like it has been found in some ancient ruins with a little decay effect on there. So if you have some money go out and by this album...you'll love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
audioslave is awesome. i've loved chris cornell since soundgarden, and im a huge fan of rage against the machine. his voice is so sincere and he says really profound stuff. he sings from somewhere deep in his soul. you'd have to have an ear for great music to truly enjoy audioslave. "cochise" is what made me buy the cd and "the last remaining light" is why i will never be without this cd. go and get it quickly!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ever since soundgarden, then Rage Against the Machine, have passed on, chris cornell , and the remainding members of RATM (zach is gone)have been congregating, trying to keep alive the slowly dying rock scene (real rock n' roll). Many rock fans have been disapointed the past couple of years with bands like the strokes, the distillers, jimmy eat world, and other brand new bands that sound all the same. I respect them, but i believe when i speak for alot of people when i say "god dam it" whenever a "spankin new music video" comes out, and it sounds like the same band that came out last week. Audioslave has brought back tradition in writing, and singing. Chris Cornell is by far the best singer/writer this past century. Tom Morello flicks, slaps, and whales his wammy bar like i never heard before. The combination is like a physics solution , that is all worked out from the start.