Soundgarden's first album in 16 years, King Animal, debuted at Number Five on the Billboard album chart last Wednesday (November 21st), selling 83,000 copies in its first week of release. The CD arrived in stores on November 13th and followed up the band's 1996 album Down On The Upside, which debuted at Number Two. Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 after touring that record, reuniting in 2010 and releasing a live album and hits compilation before getting to work on King Animal.
Drummer Matt Cameron told us it didn't take the members of Soundgarden long to get their chemistry back once they reunited: "I think we felt a little weird the first rehearsal before we played our first show, which was like April 2010. You know, some of those rehearsals were kind of headscratchers, like, 'Hmm, how's this song go, how's that song go?' you know. But once we played through, you know, one or two entire songs, then the chemistry came back as far as the way that we just naturally play together. And that's the thing I was most concerned with, is just, can we still do our thing together? Can we still make that sound together?"