A new reissue of “Superunknown,” the best album recorded by grunge godfathers Soundgarden seeks to acknowledge the 20th anniversary of the record’s arrival and to resurrect its reputation among fans when so much as happened in the years since then.
Newly reunited Stone Temple Pilots were once the greatest guilty pleasure of the ’90s rock scene. Two decades after they ruled the airwaves, the alternative-rock group is hoping its new disc will allow them to defend their arena-rock status and maybe bring their fans out of the closet.
Seven years after the death of their iconic frontman, Seattle’s Alice In Chains has reformed with a new lead singer and new album. But despite the changes in the band and the world at large since the grunge years, the new record picks up exactly where they left off.
For all the jokiness inherent in the Melvins’ music, many might think fate has played the ultimate joke on the hardcore/metal pioneers. After all, 20 years is a long time to follow an artistic vision with meager results. But the group proved on Sunday night’s concert in Madison, Wis., that being eclipsed by Nirvana and other grunge grandmasters hasn’t tamed their sonic firepower or their sense of humor.
Left behind by the ’90s grunge movement that they helped foster, the Melvins have persevered by staying true to their hardcore roots. The band’s latest disc keeps their flame burning bright.
One of only two bands from Seattle’s grunge era that’s still flying its flannel flag, Mudhoney has another new album in stores. Despite the passage of time, the overlooked band still loves irony-filled sludge rock.
Persevering through years of power plays, name-calling, and assorted legal threats, the long-gestating Nirvana box set has finally hit store shelves. “With The Lights Out” is a big Christmas gift for Nirvana fans that has arrived just in time to stuff the stocking of the Gen-X-ers on your list.
Ten years ago today, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain committed suicide in his Seattle home. And despite the passage of time, the man who was baptized as the “voice of his generation” in the 1990s is still a figure of reverence and fascination for the public and media. Soundbytes olumnist David Hyland examines his legacy.