Soundgarden has decided to debut their first song in 15 years in Marvel’s “The Avengers,” set to hit theaters tomorrow. The film, a Marvel masterpiece years in the making, is one of the most-anticipated films of the year.
The song “Live to Rise” was offered for free on Apple’s iTunes store the first week of its release. While it is not a part of their new album, it will likely be a favorite when the band goes on tour this summer. When speaking about their reason for including the song in “The Avengers,” band member Chris Cornell states that, “it’s the only way to get your music in front of people.”
He also describes the release process as being different from last time, which, considering it has been 15 years, is not surprising. Cornell goes on to say that:
“It’s such a different environment. In this day and age you don’t have the monolithic record company with seemingly limitless resources and multimillion-dollar profits. They don’t exist. Which is why a partnership like this exists. The movie company does have that, and they will promote it. It’s the only way to get your music in front of people.”
“Live to Rise” plays over the credits at the end of the movie, so Soundgarden fans will have to wait until the movie is over to hear the new song, unless they were one of the more than 350,000 who have already downloaded the song from iTunes, which released on April 17th.
The band is not the first rock group to be featured on a Marvel movie soundtrack. Last summer’s “Thor” featured the song “Walk” by the Foo Fighters, and “Iron Man” used none other than Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” during the credits.
Check out the music video for Soundgarden’s new single “Live to Rise” here: