Europe frontman Joey Tempest sang praises of Audioslave, branding the band’s 2002 self-titled debut “the ultimate-sounding rock record.” The singer told Classic Rock:
“Every time we go into the studio with a new producer, be it Kevin Shirley, Dave Cobb or even Kevin Elson – who worked with us when we reconvened with our ‘comeback’ record ‘Start From the Dark’ in 2004 – we play them this debut album by Audioslave, and we explain that for us it’s is the ultimate-sounding rock record.
“We believe that this album is still the benchmark for what you have to aim for when recording a rock album. To me, this album more or less saved rock music in the new millennium. It so strongly restored our belief.
“The sound, mix and mastering and the outstanding performances make this one of the best rock recordings in this new millennium! In my world – after the mighty Tony Iommi – Tom Morello is the prince of guitar riffs and innovating playing.
“The vocal performance on this album is from another place altogether! Chris Cornell is soaring high above us all here.”