With the new Alice In Chains record release date getting closer every day, the band has started revealing more details regarding the album, including the song titles and the cover artwork. But it seems the fans got more than the band would want as today marked the leak of not one, but two songs from "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here." Titled "Stone" and "Phantom Limb," both songs follow the same groove and feel like the previously released "Hollow" video single.
Although the full song was quickly removed due to a copyright claim, 90 second preview of "Stone" is still available for streaming over at Loudwire. Starting off with a clingy bass intro and a massive sludge riff, the song features various nifty fills from the guitar mastermind Jerry Cantrell. That same dark, unsettling atmosphere we were introduced to with "Hollow" is still here with seemingly simple, yet effective song structure. And with such a monster of a riff, who needs to complicate things anyway, right? Judging by the preview, the song sounds quite promising and should have no problem in grabbing the listener's complete attention throughout the full track length.
The second song, "Phantom Limb," saw it's radio premiere on KISW 99.9 FM and found it's way online in a matter of hours or even minutes. Although it might seem slightly more upbeat than the "Stone" at the beginning, the song soon slips into that sludgy, downtuned groove we'll apparently get to hear a lot on the new record. The sound quality of the clip is not very good, so there's no need for jumping to conclusions. With yet another massive riff and an awesome guitar solo from Cantrell, it's as every bit as promising as the first track. The group has obviously stepped up to their task with solid performances all around. Both tracks are definitely worth giving a listen and should keep the fans' anticipation level for the May 28 release even higher.
According to Cantrell's previous statements, the new album has "some real filth" in it, but will also feature various religious themes. As a follow-up to 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue" and the second studio effort with vocalist William DuVall, the record will mark the fifth release in the band's catalogue.