The on-again, off-again collaboration between Chris Cornell and the remaining members of Rage Against The Machine is back on. The group, now christened Audioslave, is shooting for a Nov. 26 release fo

The on-again, off-again collaboration between Chris Cornell and the remaining members of Rage Against The Machine is back on. The group, now christened Audioslave, is shooting for a Nov. 26 release for its Epic debut album, although a spokesperson says production deadlines may necessitate a date change.

In March, it appeared the band was finished for good, after Cornell reportedly quit just a day after it was announced that the new outfit would make its live debut on the 2002 Ozzfest tour. But the situation was patched up and Cornell went back to work with Rage members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford in a Los Angeles studio, augmented by producer Rick Rubin.

And while 13 unmixed demos from the group flooded the Internet in May, the upcoming album is said to bear little resemblance to those songs. The foursome's initial attempts to create an original sound were met with a mixed reception, with Cornell straining to sing melodically over the hard rock riffs to which the Rage members were so accustomed.

Audioslave may tour in support of the album. The group has launched a Web site at Audioslavemusic.com, which at deadline features only dimly lit photos of each member and links to sign up for a mailing list and street team.

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