Soundgarden new album shipped with Guitar Hero
After a 13-year break, Soundgarden is releasing its new album through the Guitar Hero video game series – and its frontman believes it’s the perfect way to reintroduce the band to a new generation.
“In the obvious way, it’s going to reach a certain amount of younger people that either may or may not know about Soundgarden,” frontman Chris Cornell said in a recent interview.
“No matter what, I feel like releasing it this way is going to reach a lot of people who have not heard our music or have not heard a lot of it.
Telephantasm is a retrospective CD that features some of the grunge band’s biggest hits from its 1990s heyday, as well as unreleased cuts.
It was released this week as part of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. It’s being touted as the first time a new album has been released in conjunction with a video game; it’s already been declared platinum, based on the games shipped. It will be released this week as a traditional CD.
Cornell said this isn’t the first time Soundgarden has had its music featured in a video game, but this new partnership is a rarity, and the Guitar Hero partnership is the perfect marriage.
“I thought about doing this ever since I’ve heard about the game and what it is. I think the musical arrangements lend itself so well to what the video game is,” the 46-year-old singer said.