Badmotorfinger is the third album by the American rock band Soundgarden. It was released on October 8, 1991 through A&M Records. After touring in support of its previous album, Louder Than Love, released in 1989, the band began the recording sessions for its next album with new bassist Ben Shepherd. The music on the album maintained the band's heavy metal sound while featuring an increased focus on songwriting when compared with the band's previous releases. .