Audioslave is an American rock supergroup from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 2001 and disbanded in 2007, the quartet consisted of singer and guitarist Chris Cornell, former Soundgarden member, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk, former members of Rage Against the Machine. Audioslave is initially seen by the trade press as an amalgamation between Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine, but the group's second album, "Out of Exile", gives the group a real sound identity>.
Audioslave's musical style is defined by a blend of 1970s hard rock and alternative rock from the 1990s. In particular, Morello incorporates unconventional solo guitar pieces into the mix. As with Rage Against the Machine, the group is proud to compose their songs based solely on guitar, bass, drums, and vocals.
In its six years of existence, Audioslave has released three albums, all three nominated at the Grammy Awards, and becomes the first American group to play outdoors in Cuba. Audioslave separates in December 2007; Cornell announces his definitive departure from the group as a result of "internal conflicts and musical divergences. " The Rage Against the Machine meeting tour in 2007 involves the rest of the band, and the release of solo albums by Morello and Cornell in the same year reinforces the group's permanent withdrawal.
The story of Audioslave dates from October 18, 2000, when Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha announces his departure from the group, citing difficulties in his decision. Rage Against the Machine breaks up after the departure of the Rocha, but the three remaining members of the group - Tim Commerford, Tom Morello, and Brad Wilk - decide to stay together and recruit a new singer. Other singers volunteer like B-Real from Cypress Hill, but members do not want to recruit anyone who sings like Rocha>. Their producer and friend Rick Rubin suggests Chris Cornell, the former singer of Soundgarden>. Rubin also persuades them to participate in a group therapy with coach Phil Towle to cope with their separation. Rubin says he is confident in the quest for Rage Against the Machine to find the singer that will suit them and allow them to excel; he thought to reproduce a scenario in the genre "Yardbirds becomes Led Zeppelin>. "