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Audioslave is an alternative rock supergroup consisting of Chris Cornell (formerly of Soundgarden) and the instrumentalists of Rage Against the Machine. It has been disputed whether this band owes more to the sound of Chris Cornell's vocals, or the sound of the Rage Against the Machine instrumentalists.

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Audioslave was an American rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2001 and disbanded in 2007. The four-piece band consisted of then-former Soundgarden lead singer/rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, and then-former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello (lead guitar), Tim Commerford (bass/backing vocals), and Brad Wilk (drums). Critics first described Audioslave as a combination of Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine, but by the band's second album, Out of Exile, it was noted that they had established a separate identity.

Audioslave's trademark sound was created by blending 1970s hard rock with 1990s alternative rock. Moreover, Morello incorporated his well-known, unconventional guitar solos into the mix. As with Rage Against the Machine, the band prided themselves on the fact that all sounds on their albums were produced using only guitar, bass, drums, and vocals.

In its six years of existence, Audioslave released three albums, received three Grammy nominations, and became the first American rock band to perform an open-air concert in Cuba. Audioslave disbanded in February 2007 when Cornell issued a statement announcing that he was permanently leaving the band "due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences." The 2007 Rage Against the Machine reunion and tour involving the rest of the band as well as solo albums released that same year by Morello and Cornell cemented the supergroup's permanent demise.

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Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Audioslave 3.65 5
2005 Out of Exile 4 7
2006 Revelations 3.5 8


Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Cochise 3
2003 Like a Stone 3
2003 Give 1
2003 Show Me How to Live 2
2005 Be Yourself 3
2005 Doesn't Remind Me 1
2006 Original Fire 2

Single + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Set It Off 1
2005 Like a Stone (Live from New York City) 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2002 The Civilian Project 2


Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Live in Cuba 2
2006 Live EP 1

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