According to The Pulse Of Radio, SOUNDGARDEN is officially back in the studio. The band started work on a new album last year, but took a break while singer Chris Cornell toured through the fall in support of his latest solo effort, “Higher Truth”. With that trek completed, Cornell posted a brief message on Twitter saying, “Back in the studio!” The new album will the seventh full-length studio set from the Seattle veterans and first since 2012’s “King Animal”.

SOUNDGARDEN reunited in 2010 after a 13-year layoff, touring and then eventually writing new material that became the basis for “King Animal”, its first new studio album in 16 years.

Drummer Matt Cameron told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the band’s approach to making music hasn’t changed that dramatically since its early days. “We started out very humbly here in the Northwest and I don’t think we’ve ever really gone too far from those sort of ideals, which were, you know, real do-it-yourself, kind of ’80s underground ideals,” he said. “And it just feels good to lock up in a room together and write music together and play together that is uniquely our own thing.”

In addition to “King Animal”, SOUNDGARDEN has also issued a live CD, a greatest hits compilation and a two-disc collection of B-sides, outtakes and rarities.

“Higher Truth”, meanwhile, was Cornell‘s fourth studio solo set and contains the Top 5 rock radio single “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”.