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According to Amazon, a new Chris Cornell album will be released on November 16, 2018. A listing for the album shows up on Google, but the Amazon listing page is currently empty. It will be a self-titled four disc set, with the fitting title of Chris Cornell. We were also able to track down a photo of a vinyl version of the record. It will be the first posthumous Chris Cornell album since his May 2017 death, and his first record since 2015’s Higher Truth.
It’s unclear what exactly will be on the album and if it could feature unreleased material, but the length seems to suggest that it could be a career retrospective. Cornell was in the early stages of making a covers album with producer Brendan O’Brien at the time of his death, and he had been working on demoes for a new Soundgarden album for two years. Audioslave have unreleased songs as well from their time together in the 2000’s.
Soundgarden have not yet officially commented on the fate of their unfinished seventh studio album, but Kim Thayil offered the first hint at the band’s future plans in a new Billboard interview.
“We often reference rock history and we’ve often commented on what other bands in similar situations have done,” Thayil says, “not as a plan or anything but just commenting on how bands have handled situations like this and what bands seem to have been graceful and dignified in how they manage their future musical endeavors and how some maybe were clumsy and callous. We think about those things. We try not to go too deep into these conversations, but stuff comes up after a few beers.”