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Soundgarden Unleash New Single ‘Been Away Too Long’

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What a fitting title for Soundgarden‘s brand new single, since for all intents and purposes, they had ‘Been Away Too Long.’ Diehard fans of the Seattle band have missed them for the past several years, and while the reunion, live performances and ‘Avengers’ song ‘Live to Rise’ have been rad and appreciated, this is the beefy, puts-hair-on-your-chest Soundgarden rocker we’ve been waiting for.

‘Been Away Too Long’ is a frenetic, fast-paced song that calls to mind the band’s earlier catalog, thanks to raw, booming riffs, jackhammer percussion and Chris Cornell’s bluesy, soulful pipes.

It’s got an anthemic and urgent quality, especially in the chunky verses. So if you’ve got long hair, this song is designed to get you to start whipping it around while rocking out with furious, reckless abandon.

Overall, there’s not an overabundance of polish, and it’s not pretty, which is preferred. Instead, it’s potent, hell yeah, high-five hard rock. Just like we like it.

The song will appear on the band’s upcoming album ‘King Animal,’ due out Nov. 13.

After tearing through this song a few times, check out our 10 Best Soundgarden Songs list.

Listen to Soundgarden, ‘Been Away Too Long’

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Next: Soundgarden Unveil 'King Animal' Album Cover + Track List

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