Slave Against the Rage Garden
Take one part Soundgarden, add three parts Rage Against the Machine, mix thoroughly and you have Audioslave, a supergroup made up of four of the biggest players from the 90â€šÃ„Ã´s alternative rock explosion. Thankfully, they arenâ€šÃ„Ã´t resorting to the played-out tricks of todayâ€šÃ„Ã´s rap metal sound (which Rage, with vocalist Zack de La Rocha, helped pioneer.) Audioslave preserves the tone of Rage Against the Machine perfectly, practically photocopied from Rageâ€šÃ„Ã´s last release. Likewise, Cornellâ€šÃ„Ã´s vocal tracks could have been lifted directly from his solo venture Euphoria Morning. Audioslave sticks to the Black Sabbath-soaked heavy metal sound that defined past projects but there is some interesting cross-pollination. â€šÃ„ÃºI Am the Highwayâ€šÃ„Ã¹ finds the former Rage rockers playing ballads, an unexpected turn. On â€šÃ„ÃºShadow of the Sunâ€šÃ„Ã¹ Cornell does his harshest vocals since Badmotorfinger attempting (unsuccessfully) to match the lung capacity of de La Rocha. Nor is Cornell able to match his predecessorâ€šÃ„Ã´s lyrical substance, instead giving us downer clichâˆšÂ© poetry between â€šÃ„Ã²woahsâ€šÃ„Ã´ and â€šÃ„Ã²yeahs.â€šÃ„Ã´ Sample lyric: â€šÃ„ÃºWhen you asked for light I set myself on fire, and if I go far away I know you’ll find another slave.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Overall, a respectable first release of mostly what youâ€šÃ„Ã´d expect.