If you needed a stronger tease as to what the new Alice In Chains album was going to sound like, comments from guitarist and co-vocalist, Jerry Cantrell, should whet your appetite.
Cantrell spoke with Guitar World about the upcoming LP, saying,”It’s not that we were keeping it a secret, but it’s a f****** strong record.”
Due out later in 2018, the new album, presently going through finishing touches, will be the band’s follow-up to 2013’s, ’The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.’ Cantrell indicated that the basic tracks were recorded at Studio X in Seattle – the first time the band had recorded in the city in more than 20 years – since its 1995 self-titled. “It was cool to be back, because the studio is a part of our history,” Cantrell told Guitar World.
Cantrell also spoke about the musical direction AiC are taking on the new album, “It’s unlike what we’ve done in the past. But it’s also a record that has all the elements of anything you would expect from us. It’s got our fingerprint. And we’re really proud of the material that we wrote.”
He also addressed the fact that it has been five years since their last album. “It’s a lot of work doing a record,” he said, “and I think it gets harder the older we get. But we just wait until we’re ready and until we have enough material.”
‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’ was the band’s second disc with singer William Duvall, who joined in 2006 following the death of Layne Staley. The album sold 62,000 copies in its first week of release and debuted on the Billboard album chart at No. 2.