I discovered the glory of Chris Cornell’s voice in 1989, the year that Louder Than Love was released by his band, Soundgarden. I had read an article about new bands to watch out for in some music magazine, and the writer raved about this band from Seattle, so I took the plunge and bought this disc. This was before grunge took over the world, but I heard the future in this band’s sound. It was like a hybrid of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, but it was also unlike anything else that was happening at that time, and I was intrigued. To be sure, Cornell’s vocals were the hook that brought me in, but the whole band’s sound was fresh. Odd time signatures, downtuned guitars and songs that were really heavy, but not purely metal, and most definitely not hair metal, yes, this was a glimpse of things to come, and it was exciting. My favorites were Hands All Over, Loud Love, Big Dumb Sex, Full On Kevin’s Mom, and Gun. Soundgarden had arrived and they were kicking in a door that needed it in a bad way. The future was here!
Written By Braddon S. Williams