Audioslave – Revelations


Revelations is the third and final studio album by American rock supergroup Audioslave, released on September 4, 2006 internationally and a day later in the United States through Epic Records and Interscope RecordsChris Cornell quit the band in February 2007 and the remaining members disbanded Audioslave rather than looking for a new vocalist since they were busy with a reunion of Rage Against the Machine.

Background and recording

According to guitarist Tom Morello, most of the 20 songs that Audioslave brought to the studio for possible inclusion on Revelations had been written before the band went on their most recent U.S. tour, so they were able to “[work] out the kinks of some of these songs in front of a live audience”. Many of the songs incorporate 1960s and ’70s soul and funk influences that were new for the band, with Morello saying the album “sounds like Led Zeppelin meets Earth, Wind & Fire“, and Chris Cornell referring to his new “Seventies funk and R&B-flavor vocals.” Love, life, and loss are all themes on the album, and political activism started to rear its head in Audioslave’s music in songs such as “Wide Awake”, which uses the Hurricane Katrina disaster and George W. Bush as subject matter. The band had completed recording the album when producer Brendan O’Brien requested one more song to close it, so they wrote and recorded “Moth” the next day, making it the last song Audioslave made together; in it, Chris Cornell sings: “I won’t fly around your fire anymore”.

While promoting the album, Morello stated in an interview that “Revelations is the first record [Cornell] didn’t smoke, drink or take drugs through the recording.” However, he later clarified that “Chris was stone sober during the making of our Out of Exile album. Chris was also sober during the making of Revelations and prior to recording he gave up smoking as well. I apologize for any confusion or concern that was stirred up by the original article. Sobriety can be a matter of life or death and Chris’ courage in maintaining his health for years has been an inspiration.”

After leaving the studio, Audioslave went on hiatus to allow Cornell to complete “You Know My Name“, the theme song for the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, and Morello to pursue his own solo work under the moniker of The Nightwatchman.[citation needed] In July 2006, Cornell denied that his work on a new solo album meant he planned to quit Audioslave, saying: “We hear rumors that Audioslave is breaking up all the time … I always just ignore it.” The band never toured behind Revelations, however, and on February 15, 2007, Cornell officially announced his departure from the group in a statement that read: “Due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band Audioslave. I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors.” The other three members were busy in 2007 with a reunion of Rage Against the Machine and Morello and Cornell each released a solo album that year, so Audioslave officially disbanded. As a result, most of the songs on Revelations were never performed live by the band, except for those that were debuted live prior to recording the album: “One and the Same”, “Wide Awake”, “Original Fire”, and “Sound of a Gun”.