Soundgarden To Begin Recording New Album ‘Very Soon’

Recently reunited Seattle stars announce plans for first studio album in 15 years.

It’s been 15 years since we’ve been able to say this, but it looks like there’s a new album from [artist id="1019"]Soundgarden[/artist] in the works.

That’s according to the Seattle screamers themselves, who took to their official site to announce plans for a new studio record, their first since 1996′s Down on the Upside.

“Over the past few months, we’ve been busy jamming, writing and hanging out together — exploring the creative aspect of being Soundgarden. It feels great,” the band wrote, under the headline “Our Goal for 2011: Let’s Make a Record.” “We have some cool new songs that we are going to record very soon. Thank you for all the support!”

Soundgarden announced that they were ending a 12-year hiatus on December 31, 2009, and then played a handful of shows: one in Seattle under the handle “Nudedragons,” then a sludgy Chicago gig ahead of their headlining slot at Lollapalooza .

Buoyed by the success of those gigs, Soundgarden released Telephantasm, a career-spanning collection of hits and sundry, in September, and hinted to MTV News that the album might just be a preview of things to come.

“We’re taking baby steps … Baby Godzilla steps,” guitarist Kim Thayil joked.

“Maybe we’ll do, like, ‘Soundgarden on Ice,’ [next]” frontman Chris Cornell laughed. “‘Sound-Capades.’ I’d watch that.”

In January 2011, the band announced plans to release Soundgarden: Live on I-5, recorded on the West Coast leg of their 1996 tour. The album will hit stores on March 22.