Alice in Chains Reveal New Album Cover and Release Date

Grunge veterans give further details regarding "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" release.

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Grunge veterans Alice In Chains have officially set May 14 as the new record release date. Titled "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here," the album will mark the fifth release in the group's catalogue, the second one to feature singer Willian DuVall.

In an announcement on the official website, the band has also unveiled the album cover which you can check out below. Some of the new track titles include "Voices," "Stone," and "Hung On A Hook."

Guitarist Jerry Cantrell has recently commented that the record "has some real filth," adding that it will be completely different from the previous Alice In Chains releases.

"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. And of course you want people to dig it too and to respond to it, and to have that start happening is satisfying," the guitarist told the Rolling Stone magazine.

The band has once again put Nick Raskulinecz in charge of the production duties after working with him on 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue." The new record was previously announced with the release of the video for the first single, "Hollow", back in January. While commenting on the initial fans response to the new single, the guitarist couldn't hide his satisfaction, describing the reactions so far as "f--ing incredible."

"The initial response to 'Hollow' has been f--ing incredible, totally not what we intended, and that's f--ing awesome. 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."

"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" tracklisting:

01. Hollow 02. Pretty Done 03. Stone 04. Voices 05. The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here 06. Lab Monkey 07. Low Ceiling 08. Breath On A Window 09. Scalpel 10. Phantom Limb 11. Hung On A Hook 12. Choke

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    The album cover reminds me of Mastodon's The Hunter mixed with Soundgarden's King Animal.
    Nero Galon
    It reminds me of the dinosaurs in the Power Rangers Movie haha.
    I never would have made that connection had you not mentioned it, but yes, I totally agree lol.
    From the top I could just see the red and thought of QOTSA's songs for the deaf. I like the subtle watermark reflection.
    That's what I thought too. For me, it reminds me of King Animal mixed with Songs For The Deaf.
    just a thought but.. seeing as they say its got some real filth, they should call it "Filth" as in a part 2 to "Dirt" ?
    Isn't it crazy to think that, considering their legacy, this is only their 5th album? And BGWTB was only their 4th? SAP and Jar of Flies in the 90's were only EP's, but since every track on them were classics its weird to think that the original lineup of AIC only released 3 albums
    I love Alice in Chains, and I'm certain it's going to be some kick-ass material that's coming in our way... That said, am I the only one who for some reason thinks of creationists when reading the title?
    I honestly thought it was just a funny title they thought of while joking around one day. But, after seeing this cover... it's really fitting. Pretty badass.
    I think that's what it's supposed to be. a creationist reference, maybe like a arguement against them or something
    Everything these guys do is amazing. Hollow is the only song I have heard so far but regardless im still picking this up when it comes out. RIP Layne
    Never considered that a triceratops skull would look so... Devilish! Suits the album title, but I wish they'd kept the band logo instead of that boring font. Can't wait to hear it and see them at Download!
    Apparently, that is not the album cover. Visit, the actual artwork is slowly being revealed over time based upon twitter tweets. I don't care how lame that social media site is, but tweet more people, I want to see the "official" artwork already!
    I thought of a version of the Dirt cover, with a dinosaur lying in the mud, the orange background and all. The original cover is pretty sweet too. Can't wait for the album.
    Cover seems kind of boring, almost in the "Tripod" vein. No matter, Alice in Chains has never put out bad music.
    Yeah, that's what I was thinking too. It's always a tiny bit disappointing for me when albums have boring covers, because I think a good cover really helps you visualize what the band was going for. It's an addition to the music.
    Actually the cover is cool and it has a secret if you put another dinosaur head in the opposite way of that dinosaur skull it creates the devil's head.
    I could've made that album cover in Paint. -.- However, I'm more than excited for this record.
    I don't care what people say, Alice in Chains will NEVER be the same without Jerry's hair... Please change your name, you are not the same band who made Black Gives Way To Blue! It's disrespectful!
    If you look at the album cover at the right angle here, you can see the silhouette of the rest of it.
    Dark Canuck
    I see by some comments, some people either don't understand the implications of the album title and the satire or they are religious zealots. If you are religious and believe god created the earth and its creatures (blah blah), then the album title might offend you I guess. Great album title!
    Alright, I bought Alice In Chains' self titled CD when I was 12 years old. I also own every other CD they put out. I ****ing love the band. And I was so WTF!?!? when they didn't change the name when Duvall joined, but Black Gives Way to Blue just sounded so ridiculously AIC to me that in the end, I was actually happy they kept the name. Now...didn't get into Hollow that much, ESPECIALLY compared to like, All Secrets Known. And that album title. Wow. Wtfbad. Here's hoping, but I ain't running around 50 different stores looking for the CD when it comes out like I've been doing with all my other favorite bands lately..
    Well the closest meaning that I can come up with is a Bill Hicks rant about dinosaurs, creation of earth, god and the loch ness monster... Even the "song titles" sound cheesy.