The self-titled debut from Audioslave, featuring Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and the remaining members of Rage Against The Machine, will be released Nov. 19 via Epic, a week earlier than originally planned. First single “Cochise” will be delivered Oct. 1 to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration, while a video will be shot in Los Angeles by director Mark Romanek (Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” Madonna’s “Bedtime Story”).
“Cochise was the last great American Indian chief to die free and absolutely unconquered,” guitarist Tom Morello said in a statement. “When several members of his family were captured, tortured, and hung by the U.S. Cavalry, Cochise declared war on the entire Southwest and went on an unholy rampage, a warpath to end all warpaths. He and his warriors drove out thousands of settlers. Cochise the Avenger, fearless and resolute, attacked everything in his path with an unbridled fury. This song kinda sounds like that.”
The 14-track album was produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at Oceanway Studios in Los Angeles. Demos of many of the songs were leaked on the Internet in May, but the finished versions are said to bear little resemblance to them. “Cochise” is a fairly representative blend of the Soundgarden and Rage sounds, with its pummeling guitar riff and Cornell’s snarling vocals: “Go on and save yourself / and take it out on me.”
In March, it appeared the then-unnamed band would be grounded before it ever took flight, 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 by late summer, the situation was patched up and Cornell went back to work with Morello, drummer Brad Wilk, and bassist Tim Commerford.
Here is the “Audioslave” tracklisting:
“Show Me How To Live”
“What You Are”
“Like a Stone”
“Set It Off”
“Shadow of the Sun”
“I am the Highway”
“Bring Em Back Alive”
“Light My Way”
“The Last Remaining Light”