Monday, March 4, 2013

Alice In Chains guitarist says new album shows band growth

Alice In Chains will release their new album, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here,” in May.

The follow-up to 2009’s “Black Gives Way To Blue” is the group’s second effort with singer William DuVall.

The project was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) and, according to guitarist Jerry Cantrell, the band “made a unique record that's completely different from anything we ever did. 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."

"There's some real filth in there,” Cantrell tells Rolling Stone. “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. And of course you want people to dig it too and to respond to it, and to have that start happening is satisfying."

It's started happening with the lead single and opening track, "Hollow," which hit Number One on the rock radio charts. Despite the fact that Alice in Chains' forays into the murky waters have consistently proven to lead to both commercial and radio success, Cantrell was still pleasantly surprised by the song's immediate acceptance.

"The initial response to 'Hollow' has been incredible, totally not what we intended, and that's awesome," he says. "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. That's always fun, to see something like that happen."

Alice In Chains kick off their 2013 live dates in late April.

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