I like a good heavy rock song as much as the next guy, and Audioslave supplies a lot of those on Out of Exile. For example, something like “Drown Me Slowly” is a powerful piece of music, complete with head-banging guitar riffs and a muscular lead vocal by Chris Cornell. But what’s unique and excellent about Audioslave is how they write and perform actual melodies, and they also have the ability to mix in a variety of volumes and tempos. It’s not just all full-gale hurricane all of the time. Even on the same mighty tune, “Drown Me Slowly,” there is a slower, softer bridge with Cornell almost crooning. And the very next song, “Heavens Dead,” is bit more down-tempo (while still possessing its share of hard rhythms and crunching electric guitars). I came to this “Rage Against The Garden” band from the Soundgarden side, and I always liked the ‘Garden’s ability to mix it up, as shown on a slower but still very strong song like “Black Hole Sun.” Audioslave has got the same kind of mojo working with their material. It’s a great listen, from a very solid bunch of musicians.