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Image: Soundgarden, Pitriff, Interviews, News, reviewsThe first new SOUNDGARDEN song in fifteen years called 'Live To Rise' - from the major motion picture Avengers Assemble - is available for free download at iTunes.

The Avengers Assemble soundtrack will be available on iTunes on May 1st. The Avengers is scheduled for theatrical release on May 4th in 2D and 3D.

Avengers Assemble tracklisting:
'Live to Rise' - Soundgarden
'I'm Alive' - SHINEDOWN
'Dirt and Roses' - RISE AGAINST
'Even If I Could' - PAPA ROACH
'Unbroken' - BLACK VEIL BRIDES
'Breath' - SCOTT WEILAND
'Comeback' - REDLIGHT KING
'Into the Blue' - BUSH
'A New Way to Bleed (Photek Remix)' - EVANESCENCE
'Count Me Out' - PUSHERJONES
'Shoot to Thrill' - THEORY OF A DEADMAN
'Wherever I Go' - BUCKCHERRY
'From Out of Nowhere' - FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
'Shake the Ground' - CHERRI BOMB

Additional track on international release:
'Pistols At Dawn' - KASABIAN

Soundgarden entered singer Chris Cornell's studio in Los Angeles last March with producer Adam Kaspar (who worked on 1996's Down On The Upside) to begin recording the band's first album in 15 years. The album is expected later this year.

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell spoke to ARTISTdirect late last year about the sound of the new album. "Well, no matter what, Soundgarden is always going to be heavier," he says. "However, I also think musically the new Soundgarden stuff is different than anything we've ever done. Having said that, I think that's a theme we've always had. I think every time we've made a record it wasn't really that easy to compare it to the previous one—other than that we're the same band. I think may be some moments that are sort of sonically quieter and more stripped-down. On the whole, it's a rock record. That's what we do."



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