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Pearl Jam Unleashes ‘Dark Matter,’ Sets New Album

"Dark Matter" leads the way for the album of the same name, due out April 19.

Mike McCready, Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam performs live on stage at Moody Center on September 18, 2023 in Austin, Texas.

Mike McCready, Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam performs live on stage at Moody Center on September 18, 2023 in Austin, Texas.

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Pearl Jam is back, and they’ve returned to heavy.

After throwing a listening party last month for a new album that frontman Eddie Vedder described as their “best” work, fans everywhere can now test that theory.


The Rock Hall-inducted Seattle legends unleash “Dark Matter,” a muscular romp of power chords, in-your-face bass, drum fills and a late solo that could cut a can in half.

“Dark Matter” leads the way for the album of the same name, due out April 19.

That twelfth studio LP is the followup to 2020’s Gigaton, which peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart and was described by some devotees as their most experimental album yet.

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Based on the three-and-a-half minutes of “Dark Matter,” this next phase will rock. Stream it below.

One of the great bands to emerge from the grunge era, Pearl Jam has landed 12 top 10s on the Billboard 200, including five No. 1s. Vedder and Co. were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, joining Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez and Nile Rodgers.

This article was originally published by Billboard U.S.

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