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Soundgarden Roar Back to Life With ‘Been Away Too Long’ Video, 2013 Tour Dates

Plus, win $500 to design a 'King Animal' tour poster

Those happily reunited beasts in Soundgarden have delivered the inaugural music video for their first full-length in 16 years, King Animal. Album cover designer Josh Graham directs this dystopic clip for the furious earth-shaker “Been Away Too Long,” in which a woman in a straight jacket attempts to escape her gas mask-wearing captors and their ferocious guard dogs. Spoiler alert: The magical snow room is not what it seems.

The video arrives on the same day as a tour announcement, which finds Soundgarden hitting the States hard come January 18, spending two nights each in New York, Toronto, Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles, and their hometown Seattle. To go with, the band is giving fans a chance to design a tour poster with “a ferocious and primal design that embodies the untamed disposition of a ‘King Animal.'”

The deadline for the contest is December 21 and the winner will receive a $500 cash reward, plus knowledge that she or he is, in the eyes of Soundgarden, a king freaking animal for life. Until then, be sure to catch up on SPIN’s latest feature with the godfathers of grunge, our Motorvision photographic history of the band, and last year’s interview with Chris Cornell for “It Was 20 Years Ago…” about their classic “Rusty Cage.”

Soundgarden tour dates:
Nov. 13 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov. 16 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theater
Nov. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
Jan. 18 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
Jan. 19 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
Jan. 20 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Jan. 22 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Jan. 23 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Jan. 25 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
Jan. 26 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
Jan. 27 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Jan. 29 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
Jan. 30 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
Feb. 1 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
Feb. 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
Feb. 6 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Feb. 7 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
Feb. 8 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
Feb. 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Feb. 12 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
Feb. 13 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
Feb. 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Feb. 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern