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Soundgarden | Rivera | January 29, 2013


TMD fights for Chris Cornell!

The new remix of Ultramega OK, the Grammy nominated debut studio album by American grunge rock act SOUNDGARDEN originally released in 1988 via SST records has been reissued in 2017, and is by far the most kick ass remix offerings this year in my opinion. This mix has a lot more punch and dynamics to it that you will not get from the original. The late Chris Cornell’s legendary banshee-wail voice now sounds so much more haunting, taking into account his recent death ruled ‘suicide’ in a Detroit hotel room on May 18. Any true fan of this great rock band will want to take the time to hear these jamming cuts. On the grooving “Flower”, shrieking “All Your Lies”, and chaotic “665”, you can’t help but get lost in the harsh beauty of it all.

Up next is the pummeling “Mood for Trouble” and then one of my favorites, track seven’s “Circle of Power”, which has a real fast, up tempo punk feel. The momentum only picks up with “He Didn’t” & “Smokestack Lightning”, followed by the crushing “Nazi Driver”, and absolutely slamming “Head Injury”. The best tune top to bottom is without a doubt is “Incessant Mace”. Cornell’s eerie, blues-drenched voice is at full blast with lead guitarist Kim Thayil’s frenetic soloing simply rattling your soul. The conclusion is the most chilling, however, now in light of his recent death, “One Minute of Silence”, which is essentially a one minute song with no music. One cannot help but bow their head in a moment of total quiet to honor such an incredible rock talent gone far too soon.

TMD Rating: 5 Stars
SOUNDGARDEN – “Ultramega OK” (CD)

(Expanded Version/2017)

1. Flower
2. All Your Lies
3. 665
4. Beyond the Wheel
5. 667
6. Mood for Trouble
7. Circle of Power
8. He Didn’t
9. Smokestack Lightning
10. Nazi Driver
11. Head Injury
12. Incessant Mace
13. One Minute of Silence
14. Head Injury (early version)
15. Beyond the Wheel (early version)
16. Incessant Mace (early version)
17. He Didn’t (early version)
18. All Your Lies (early version)
19. Incessant Mace (V2) (early version)