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on 8 December 2014
Audioslave were a band unknown to me until I caught the back end of one of their numbers on Planet Rock a few weeks back....but I heard the name and made a mental note and purchased a copy of their first album for less than a fiver to see whether the "sample" I'd heard would replicate throughout an entire album......and I am blown away by the pure audio aggression on display.
I was familiar with the guitar work of Tom Morello from his days with Rage Against The Machine (some of which I love - the rest I can leave!) but this is something completely out of left field and starts with the beat from Cochise that builds up into an angry roar which kind of takes you aback as this is so unexpected, the vocals rage as does the guitar and the rock steady rythmn section underpinning it all. Goodness me, but Chris Cornell has one very fine set of pipes to tackle this at full tilt! And is this a one off blinding opener? - nope, it is followed in quick succession by tracks like Gasoline, What You Are, Shadow On The Sun, Hypnotize and Getaway Car, all of which leave your audio senses reeling...the only let up being I Am The Highway...and this is no ordinary "ballad" if indeed a ballad it be, so that by the time The Last Remaining Light closes the album out you are just left feeling like you've just gone through a tornado!
Morello is no guitarist exceptionelle but what he does is hit those heavy choppy notes and chords and brings some new ideas to the premise of a solo so that at high volumes (and this really begs to be played LOUD) the music becomes hypnotic!
Seriously, having been an avid follower of music of many genres, I cannot think of anything within the last 10 years that comes close to the power this album exudes - period, and moreover, it is recorded so well that increasing volume does not cause reverberations througout the house (or car for that matter!)
I am so impressed - I've now purchased the remainder of their studio output!