Revelations (Audioslave song)
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|Single by Audioslave|
|from the album Revelations|
|Genre||Alternative metal, funk metal|
|Writer(s)||Lyrics: Chris Cornell
|Audioslave singles chronology|
"Revelations" is the second (and, with the departure of Chris Cornell, final) single by Audioslave from their third album Revelations. The song is believed to be about ignorance and its effects on people, its lyrics apparently being a sarcastic imitation of hero-worship.
Musically, the song begins with a unique, dreamy, slightly flanged arpeggio that is unusual for Tom Morello. After a repeat, the main riff of the song crashes in accompanied by drums and bass. Tom's solo once again invokes the toggle switch technique, with one handed tapping in the left hand that creates a hectic array of notes which seem to bounce off each other before entering the closing bridge of the solo, where the whammy pedal is put into full force.
This song is the tenth single from Audioslave to hit the top 10 U.S. Mainstream charts.
Much like the videos for "Like a Stone" and "Be Yourself", the "Revelations" video is simply the band playing the song with no added dramatics. The music video begins with various band members playing their instrument in front of a camera shoot. As the singing begins, a split-screen of Chris Cornell and other band members begins. As each guitar riff or drum riff kicks in, the player of that instrument gets their few seconds in front of the camera. During Tom Morello's guitar solo, the camera goes from him to drummer Brad Wilk. It clearly shows Tom Morello using a Gibson Les Paul that formerly had a Budweiser advertisement on it, which Morello promptly burned off in refusal to be used as an object for advertising. During the vocal solo after Morello's guitar solo, the camera tint turns to a blue color. The video ends with the microphone Cornell was using hanging from the ceiling alone.
The fact that all of the band members were filmed separately added to the speculation among fans that there was tension between band members. Rumors had already been circulating that a breakup was on the horizon with the announcement of Chris Cornell's solo album, this was indeed, the last clip Audioslave made before breaking up.
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