According to Blabbermouth.net, Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell spoke to RollingStone.com about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to 2009's gold-certified "Black Gives Way To Blue", which debuted in the Top 10 of The Billboard 200 and scored multiple Grammy nominations.
"It's time to get to work and the material is really interesting, the body of work that we've done," Cantrell said. "It'll be as different as any one of our records is to any other, and it'll also be just as recognizable. It's an Alice record, for sure."
Following its self-titled record in 1995, the once-mighty Seattle-based act went into a long period of inactivity, partially due to the drug problems of singer Layne Staley. Staley died in 2002, but it was another four years until the three remaining members of the band, Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney, first regrouped for a benefit show and then officially returned with new frontman William DuVall.
Alice In Chains recruited pop legend Elton John to contribute piano to "Black Gives Way To Blue"'s title track, which is written in tribute to Staley.
"Albums, to me, are like snapshots of periods of time, and it's kind of a mosaic of all the people involved. It's a process that you go through to make it happen lyrically and musically," Cantrell told RollingStone.com. "It's always been our style to tell our story."
According to Cantrell, the next Alice In Chains album will be out either later this year or early next year at the latest.
"We've been very lucky to be able to kind of do things at our own pace for our entire career," he said. "And this is no exception."
Alice In Chains released "Black Gives Way To Blue" after a 14-year hiatus between full-length albums.