We can only imagine how it would have sounded, as we find out that Soundgarden were working on a new album at the time of Chris Cornell‘s death.
It also seems as if the album will never see the light of day, why? Well, the band’s guitar player Kim Thayil told Music Radar, that the demos are being withheld by unnamed persons.
Thayil explained that Cornell and the band’s drummer Matt Cameron did some high-quality home recording demos that could easily be used for a new album.
Here’s the reason why we may never get to hear them: Thayil said: “Right now, that’s all kind of stalled. We tried to get this going two years ago, but we’re not in possession of any of the demos that Chris was working on with them. We have copies of them, but what we need are the files, so that we’d be able to overdub and finish the record. We are not in possession of those.”
He was also asked what would have to happen in order to get their hands on the files, Thayil was at a loss: “We don’t know. We’ve asked nicely, we’ve suggested that this will benefit all parties, if the band could just have these files, and we could finish the songs we were working on.”
So, by the looks of it, it is Cornell’s estate has reservations about finishing and releasing the album.
Thayil added: “There seems to be some confusion amongst various parties as to what that would entail and how that works, and who that would benefit. And it’s been tiring, you know. And we can’t move on until some future date when someone realises the value of allowing the creative partners to have access to the material.”