After 13 years, Soundgarden releases its first new album... through Guitar Hero

'90s rock band Soundgarden has become the first group to release a new album exclusively as downloadable content for Guitar Hero. And because of the game's extreme number of units sold, the album is already declared a platinum seller even though the actual CD won't be released until next week.

When Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock was released, dozens of classic rock albums made their way to digital form for the first time. But Soundgarden's Telephantasm had never been released as an album in the first place. It contains a bunch of Soundgarden's favorite hits as well as some never-before-released studio cuts.

Above: Recognize these guys? If not, they want to make sure you notice them in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

The Associated Press refers to this as the first time a full album from a band has ever been released in a music videogame before being released in stores and digital download services.

The great thing about Guitar Hero is that so many people are introduced to bands they would never seek out otherwise. For a band like Soundgarden, that certainly has its appeal. After all, as many fans as it still has from its heyday, the younger crowd probably would never give the band a second look. That is, until they see them as they scroll through a Guitar Hero set list.

Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell affirmed that fact in an interview with the AP, saying, "In the obvious way, it's going to reach a certain amount of younger people that either may or may not know about Soundgarden. 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."

Cornell, by the way, is now 46-years-old. They really need to start putting in then-and-now pictures of these rockers. Or better yet - a mini-game that tests whether you can identify once-hot rock stars from current photos. But maybe that's just us...

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  • SeattleSound - October 14, 2010 1:23 a.m.

    Soundgarden is one of my favorite grunge bands, right behind Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam. But Telephantasm barely has any new stuff, its just mostly live versions of songs that don't sound as good as their studio versions. I hope they go on tour.
  • Spybreak8 - October 3, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    I'm a huge Soundgarden fan and I enjoy GH but they wanted me to pre-order this game that I don't know if it's any good/album I don't even know if it's any good plus I have no job. Sorry gotta hold off on this one.
  • mrpibb - October 2, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    its kinda cheating the system really, cuz this is really just a compilation/ greatest hits type album, and how many of those who bought Warriors of Rock actually wanted a SoundGarden record? I love SG, but this is really no better than that awful "Scream" abortion...
  • spideralex90 - October 2, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    Black Hole Sun is still awesome. Cornell solo efforts have been pretty good, but Soundgarden is best. Although Audioslave has some great songs too.
  • jmcgrotty - October 2, 2010 7:05 a.m.

    "as many fans as it still has from its heyday, the younger crowd probably would never give the band a second look" Dear god, take back this statement. It makes me feel old as hell. First saw them in 1988 (and sorry if that sounds like I am trying to "brag" about how long a fan I have been. not my intention), though to be honest it took me a few years before I liked them. Their early sound, pre-1990, was rough as hell. As to the topic at hand, I think this is a pretty stupid idea and really have a problem with them counting this as album sales.
  • BoondockSaint54 - October 1, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    Soundgarden was one of my favorite bands growing up. I was sad when they broke up in 1996 but I still have all their CD's. But the only surprising part of this article is the fact that Chris Cornell is 46?!?!?! Jeez....
  • JADENkOTOR - October 1, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    This story is so wrong... First, this is a compilation album. Second the album was released in a 2 disc set with DVD in stores the day before Guitar Hero WOR was released... This was never an exclusive.
  • ShaneCedt - October 1, 2010 11:12 p.m.

    Alice in Chains releasing a album? Sweet! Grew up listening to grunge when I was a kid. Now Soundgarden is releasing a album? Sweet!'s this 3-disc collection / DVD with 5 new songs. Uh...ok. Thanks? Nothing says "blow up the outside world" like playing the corporate spinoff Gutair Hero: Warriors of Rock.
  • Randomwordcombination - October 1, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    This is NOT a new album. Please don't be part of this. It's a greatest hits album with 2 unreleased outtakes from the 90s. This Soundgarden reunion is being run like Courtney Love is in charge.
  • FACANAWESOME - October 1, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    Pretending to give a shit.
  • Ensoul - October 1, 2010 9:26 p.m.

    Mailman! I hope they release some actual new material soon. I enjoyed most of Chris' solo efforts, but I'm anxious and curious to see if they can do it all again. Also I don't think they've aged that bad.
  • db1331 - October 1, 2010 8:50 p.m.


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