badmotorfingerWhen you think of the early 90’s and the scene from Seattle one of the first bands that I think of that I actually enjoyed from Seattle was Soundgarden. I’ll never forget the first time I saw them on Headbanger’s Ball and it was the video for the song Outshined and I was blown away by the band’s sound which was heavier in my opinion than Pearl Jam or Nirvana. That video made me want to explore the very album I am reviewing for the album of the week in 1991’s Badmotorfinger which was released on October 8, 1991 via A&M Records. The band which was made of Chris Cornell (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Matt Cameron (Drums), Ben Sheppard (Bass), and Kim Thayil (Guitars) released this power packed album that even features a song that Johnny Cash would cover later on. The album has been certifed platinum twice, was one of the top 100 selling albums of 1992, and it peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Top 200 chart even though it was overshadowed by the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind. The band also gained some notoriety after the release of the music video for the song Jesus Christ Pose which many viewers of MTV deemed anti-christian so the music video was banned from airplay on MTV.

1. Rusty Cage– It is something special to have written a track like this one that is eventually covered by the man in back Johnny Cash. The track featres soem amazing playing from the band and the change in tempo is just craz going from a fast paced tempo to the sluggish doom like Sabbath riffs. 5/5

2. Outshined– This is one of my favorite tracks on the record that just grooves and it keeps on giving all the way through and Cornell’s vocals are just as amazing. The song could be about a priest who has lost his faith, but nevertheless it kicks ass. 5/5

badmotorfinger back cover3. Slaves & Bulldozers– The track begins with a very sluggish bass riff before Thayil comes in with a real doomish bluesy riff in a track that where Soundgarden talks about getting ripped off on their first record deal. 5/5

4. Jesus Christ Pose– a track in drop d tuning and 4/4 time as Thayil has said about the composition, “The song’s groove reminds me of helicopter blades. I bent the strings at the beginning and end of the song.” A track that talks about the exploitation of religion for profit. 4.5/5

5. Face Pollution– The track is laced with punk rock riffs as the band shows off a little of their influences in a track that could be about dealing with fake people . 4/5

6. Somewhere– A track in 6/4 timing in a track that they could be talking mourning over a love they lost. The song has all the elements that the band was known for in it and it’s actually a pretty good track written by Ben Sheppard. 4/5

7. Searching with My Good Eye Closed– A track where the bottom E string was tuned all the way low to a B in a track that is all about sticking up for what you believe in and never compromising on your beliefs. 4/5

8. Room a Thousand Years Wide– Thayil has said that this track is about experience in general and the track is pretty heavy with those chugging riffs. This is an amazing track on the record. 5/5

9. Mind Riot– a track where every instrument is tuned down to several E’s in a track about Andy Wood of Mother Love Bone who used to be Chris’s roommate. 4/5

Badmotorfinger cd10. Drawing Flies– What an amazing riff the track has that sounds like a sludge metal classic that rumbles along throughout the whole track in asong whose lyrics just like insanity written on paper. 4/5

11. Holy Water– This is a track that was written about people who try to force their religious beliefs onto others and it’s another track where the bottom E string is tuned down to a B. 4/5

12. New Damage– This is the final song in the album and it’s a track that heavily criticizes the right wing government of the US (you have to remember George H.W. Bush was president at the tie time) and the track is in both 9/8 and 4/4 timing. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This album certainly started the trend of classic records from Soundgarden as their follow ups were equally as good or even better than this one. Soundgarden heavily criticized the record themselves saying Terry Date kind of forced them to go with a more metal sound with this record, but I don’t see anything wrong with that. The band dubbed this album the heavy metal white album. I loved it and it’s definitely one of my favorite records. I am giving it 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

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