Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell told Rolling Stone that the band's upcoming album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, is "a unique record that's completely different from anything we ever did," adding, "It encapsulates a period of time, like all records do. You see growth and that the band is moving ahead in new territory that we haven't been to before, but we haven't lost our identity."
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here follows up 2009's Black Gives Way To Blue, which was the band's fourth studio effort after a 14-year hiatus and marked the recording debut of singer/guitarist William DuVall with the group.
- Cantrell said about the new disc, "There's some real filth in there. That's intentional, and that's also just how we sound together. We're trying to make a record that we dig and we're trying to keep the bar high for ourselves and see if we can get past it, and I think that we did again."
- The first track from the album, "Hollow," has already hit Number One on the rock radio chart. Cantrell called the response to the song "awesome," adding, "We just put that song out there for the fans and then it ended up turning into a number one single, a six-minute sludgy metal tune."
- The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here will be out in May, at the same time as Alice In Chains is hitting the road on a spring trek that starts on April 25th in Miami Beach and includes headlining slots at the Rocklahoma, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville and Rock On The Range festivals.
DID YOU KNOW? The classic Alice In Chains song "Rooster" was recently used in director Judd Apatow's comedy This Is 40, with Jerry Cantrell saying, "We had heard Judd was interested in using that song in a scene and we were like, 'Of course.' We're fans of his work as well, and it is really cool to see his love of music." Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney attended the movie's premiere late last year.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- What do you think Jerry means when he says the new album is "unique" and "different"?
- Does that get you excited to hear it, or does it set off warning bells?
- Do you think Alice In Chains' sound will evolve in a different direction without the influence of late lead singer Layne Staley?
INTERNET COMMENTS at RollingStone.com -- agree or not?
Nano wrote: "Looking forward to this album, especially if it is anything like 'Dirt'. That was a spectacular album, hard to believe it is 20 years old."
skirtsteak wrote: "The last AIC album and Jerry's solo albums are needlessly heavy and hard. Like he's trying to prove how tough and uncompromising he is. Or hide poor material. The original Alice In Chains -even Dirt- wasn't nearly as dissonant. Wish he'd go back to just writing simple spare songs."
nmc wrote: "Jerry is a guitar hero! and the most underrated as a singer..."
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