The first bit of new music from Soundgarden will be released later this year in the form of a playable song on the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
The unreleased song “Black Rain” is a part of the tracklist for the game, which will be released Sept. 21, 2010. The song will be the first bit of new music from the newly reunited band in more than a decade. Since reuniting not much has been going on in the Soundgarden camp this year aside from playing a one-off reunion show at the Showbox (read Ear Candy’s review here) and prepping for its upcoming Lollapalooza headlining set. A heavily rumored box set that is expected to include rarities, b-sides and more unreleased goodies has yet to be dated for release. Perhaps “Black Rain” surfacing is a good sign the box set will see the light of day some time this year.
A reunited band releasing highly anticipated new music via video game isn’t a new marketing tactic. A few years back Rock Band 2 featured “Shackler’s Revenge,” a then unreleased song by Guns N Roses, when Axl Rose was attempting to make a comeback with Chinese Democracy. Of course, Soundgarden is a bit of a different beast than GNR.