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Soundgarden has revealed that the name of its sixth full-length studio album and first in 16 years will be King Animal. The band has launched a website and teaser video for the disc, which includes an excerpt from a song called "Worse Dreams." Aside from the track "Live To Rise," which appeared on the soundtrack to The Avengers, this is the first new music heard from the band since 1996's Down On The Upside album.
Although a release date for the new disc has not been officially confirmed, Rolling Stone recently reported it as November 13th.
Drummer Matt Cameron told us it wasn't long after the band reunited in 2010 that they realized they wanted to make a new album: "When we got together in a room to rehearse for some shows and write some new music, we felt re-energized and we felt like we still had something to say musically. Who knows if we'll have the same type of impact, but I think what's super-important for us is that we really like playing this type of music together, and we know that we still have a core fan base out there that is excited to hear what we have to offer."
Guitarist Kim Thayil told Rolling Stone that the new record "re-establishes that we still rock, we're still heavy, and we're still a little weird."
Soundgarden has yet to announce live plans for the rest of 2012 and beyond.