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In honour of our killer Soundgarden axe giveaway, the staff at BraveWords figured we’d pull out our old flannels and celebrate the Ten Greatest Soundgarden Riffs Of All Time.
Yes indeed, good ol’ swami of sound Kim Thayil has taken his slide rule to metal and calculated some beauties over the years, some of which the outshining old-timer has placed upon the band’s choice new album King Animal. Without further adieu, let’s shake the rusty cage and see which riffs of Kim’s snarl back.
9) ‘Room A Thousand Years Wide’ (Badmotorfinger, 1991)
This one sticks in the brain due to its marriage of melody with quintessential down-tuned grungy grind. There’s almost something Stonesy about the riff’s underlying groove, as well as the way Thayil accents it here and there, as does Matt Cameron.
10) ‘By Crooked Steps’ (King Animal, 2012)
9)‘Room A Thousand Years Wide’ (Badmotorfinger, 1991)