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L-R: Tattoo guy, Soundgarden man, some guy, the guitar man.

Audioslave was an American Hard Rock Supergroup founded in 2001, and disbanded unceremoniously in 2007.

Basically it's like this: On one hand you take Rage Against the Machine, with the rap thrown away; and on the other hand you take Soundgarden's vocal works. Then you mash them together hard — that would be Audioslave. And true enough, the formation was like this:

The guys from Rage minus Zack de la Rocha:

  • Tom Morello (guitars)
  • Tim Commerford (bass)
  • Brad Wilk (drums)

Plus the vocalist from Soundgarden:

  • Chris Cornell

(This lineup was constant)

The project initially began when members from both sides found themselves without a working band, which moved the Rage trio to do a couple of auditions and finally encountered Cornell. The band's Self-Titled Album was released in 2002, essentially an amalgamation of their respective schools of sound, yet by the time the next albums, Out of Exile (2005) and Revelations (2006) were released, they haved moved on to create their own unique musical style. Differences between Cornell and Morello resulted in the band being disbanded by 2007 — Cornell then resumed his solo career (which exploded to little pieces with his 2009 album), and the Rage trio has since regrouped with their former frontman Zach de la Rocha.

Audioslave is mostly famous for introducing Morello's mad guitar effects to a rock soundscape, as opposed to Rage's rap-oriented compositions. Initially the band's direction prohibited Morello and the two other guys to compose politically-charged songs, but eventually this rule was nulled[1], most famously heralded by the band being the first American rock band to play in the Cuba's socialist soil (2005).

  • Audioslave (2002)
  • Out of Exile (2005)
  • Revelations (2006)

Audioslave provides examples of the following tropes:

To be yourself is all that you can do

  1. Though really, even on the first album, "Hypnotize" was an exception