At the time of Chris Cornell's death in 2017, Soundgarden were in the process of working on new material and the surviving band members want to complete the album with the frontman's recordings. But there's a problem - Chris Cornell's recordings are being withheld.
That's according to lead guitarist Kim Thayil. Talking with Music Radar, Thayil said Soundgarden's last album is currently locked away from himself, drummer Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd - all of whom contributed to unreleased tracks.
"Right now, that's all kind of stalled," Thayil said. "We tried to get this going two years ago, but we're not in possession of any of the demos that Chris was working on with them."
We have copies of them, but what we need are the files, so that we'd be able to overdub and finish the record. We are not in possession of those."
"We suggested that this will benefit all parties, if the band could just have these files, and we could finish the songs we were working on."
"But there seems to be some confusion amongst various parties as to what that would entail and how that works, and who that would benefit. And it's been tiring, you know.
And we can't move on until some future date when someone realizes the value of allowing the creative partners to have access to the material.
Hopefully the surviving members can make some progress soon and the world can get another original Soundgarden album - how good
But in the meantime, Soundgarden will release 'Live from the Artist Den' tomorrow. See a trailer for the live album below.