Soundgarden were working on new album before Chris Cornell’s death

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 06: (FILE) Chris Cornell performs during a Soundgarden show as part of Lollapalooza Brazil 2014 at Autodromo Interlagos on April 06, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Chris Cornell died at 52 on May 17, 2017 after a performance in Detroit. (Photo by Levi Bianco/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images)

From NME

Guitarist Kim Thayil recently spoke about progress on the band’s next record

Soundgarden were working on a new album prior to the passing of frontman Chris Cornell.

Cornell died at the age of 52. It was a “sudden and unexpected” death, which has reportedly confirmed as suicide.

Before the sad news, guitarist Kim Thayil recently spoke to Billboard, revealing that the band had been slowly working on a follow-up to 2012’s ‘King Animal’.

“It’s been a couple years of intermittent songwriting sessions,” Thayil said.

He added: “We look for opportunities where all four of us are available and then we get together and we show each other what we’ve been working on, what we’ve been writing on our own and see if there’s anything that can be contributed from that sharing process. And then we like to jam and see if any ideas come out collaboratively that we can work on.”

Thayil continued: “There’s some songs that have been demoed. I think Matt [Cameron, drummer]’s demoed some things completely, stuff he’s recorded on his computer. Chris [Cornell] has demoed a few things. He’s written lyrics for ideas that I’ve written and that Ben [Shepherd, bassist] and Matt have written. There’s some things that have been documented in rehearsal. There’s some things that are at the demo stage. There’s some that are still in the developmental stage — ideas that we’ve jammed on that we’re working on arrangements for. Every different stage within the process of songwriting is being addressed at this point.”

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