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Audioslave – Self-Titled – CD Review

The 2003 self-titled debut by Audioslave [Epic/Interscope Records] is exactly what one might expect from a band featuring former members of Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden.  Formerly known as Civilian, this act fuses elements of those two bands into a Melodic Metal/Hard Rock style with a flawless, groove-driven sound.

Chris Cornell's vocals are smooth and strong.  Tom Morello's guitar wizardry is a vibrant, sharp razor with an experimental edge—he has a virtuoso quality to his playing.  The rhythms are melodic, but still chunky on occasion.

The best songs include the powerful, poetic ballad “Like A Stone,” “Shadow Of The Sun,” “The Last Remaining Light,” the ripping “Cochise,” and sorrowful power of “Gasoline.”  Audioslave mixes-it-up well.

Overall, Audioslave has a fine little debut here that is bound to be a Metal/Hard Rock classic someday.  That's all that really matters….  Stay savage.  Farewell.

Related Bands: Rage Against The Machine, Course Of Nature, Soundgarden, Theory Of A Deadman, Default, Fuel, etc.

Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION. War.

Bill Vogel III
Email at: StrangeAeons@hatebox.net
Copyright 2003.
Courtesy of Stranger Aeons Magazine.

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