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Soundgarden - "Slaves & Bulldozers"


Soundgarden Slaves & Bulldozers

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (2)

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Author Notes

GUITAR: naginalJJ/Cheesecake Militia
 
“Slaves and Bulldozers,” a seething seven-minute crawl where Thayil spends most of the time strangulating his guitar strings for spasms of noise that almost seem to emanate from an inhuman source. If you've ever been rendered speechless by the sight of the ocean, stars, volcanic activity—anything that suddenly makes you aware of your minuscule place in the order of life—Thayil’s “leads” (if they can even be called that) surge with the same coldly neutral ferocity.
 
Meanwhile, even when Cornell unleashes his famous throat-scraping roar on the line “now I know why you’ve been shaking,” the enormity of the music feels choked back rather than triumphant. In sharp contrast to other heavy music—which is mostly designed to take frustration out on external targets—Soundgarden's signature rumble doesn’t give you an athletic rush. All of that gnashing turmoil on “Slaves and Bulldozers” actually points inward, collecting in your muscle tissue as a kind of seismic potential energy. And when the entire band pulls back for Cornell to switch to a bluesy murmur before the song’s wailing climax, Soundgarden show a command of dynamics they simply hadn’t been capable of before.



6 Comments

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kkarpiu
July 8, 2017

One of the best! Thank you!

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AJFOne23
July 8, 2017

I really grew to love this song and the entire album so much recently. Cornell was a god!

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mrcoupdetat
July 8, 2017

Cornell was a god!

Cameron's not bad either...

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hobbzee77
July 9, 2017

cheers for another great Soundgarden song.

 

killer write up in the author's notes too,  how could anyone not be excited to play through this track after reading that!!!

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CavScout
July 9, 2017

Cameron's not bad either...

I agree. There is definitely something with Soundgarden's music that comes from Matt Cameron specifically. I saw SG live with NIN a few years ago with Matt Chamberlin filling in on drums, they didn't have the same sound at all. Also, I'm not a real big fan of Cameron's drumming with Pearl Jam. I think he holds back a little to let the guitars take the forefront more with them.

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rcale
July 9, 2017
Great fun to play on bass. Thank you as always!