Chris Cornell 'Screams' on forthcoming album

Screaming for change
Screaming for change

In groups such as Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris Cornell became famous for his gut-wrenching scream. And that's just what his forthcoming album is called - Scream. But listeners may be surprised at how positively mellow the singer sounds on the new disc.

Several song excerpts that have recently surfaced online indicate a drastic change of style for the vocalist. Cornell recorded Scream with famed urban pop producer Timbaland, and the singer is enthused at the results.

"Tim lent a lot to what I describe as sort of the psychedelic aspect of this album," says Cornell," kind of a Pink Floyd or Dark Side Of The Moon or almost like a Queen Night At The Opera-type of feel to me. That's something I never would have predicted. You know, I would have felt like I would be the one that would try to go into the album-oriented rock world, and really it was Tim's influence on this album that pushed it more in that direction."

Want a little preview? Check out the song Long Gone here. Rusty Cage it isn't.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.