When grunge icons Alice in Chains first unveiled "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" as the title of their new album, there was a certain amount of fans, including a part of the UG community, that found the name a little odd. But as it turns out, there is actually a pretty interesting story hiding behind it.
In a recent Noisecreep exclusive, guitar mastermind Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney explained that the new album title is referring to a religious fundamentalists' belief saying that Satan planted dinosaur bones into the Earth to confuse the believers and deter them from their faith.
"They're not wrong for believing that dinosaur stuff, but we aren't wrong for asking them to explain it either," the drummer said. "Are we supposed to believe that some little mythical dude with cloven hooves cruised around the planet hiding bones that were millions of years old to fool us for some f--king reason? It's ridiculous."
Cantrell then went on to discuss his views on religion itself, saying that he is tired of hypocrisy of the organized religion and that the time has come for the humanity to grow up a bit.
"We definitely didn't write the song to stir up a f--ing hornet's nest. No one in the band claims to be an expert on religion, but the title of the song comes from something that a lot of people actually believe in," started off the guitarist. "I think there's overwhelming evidence that things aren't working right now. We need to start growing up as a people. When you're teaching people that being gay is a mortal sin, yet a good portion of the people teaching this are f--ing kids, there's a huge problem."
"It's insane when a religion tells you it's OK to strap a bomb on yourself to blow someone else up because they believe in something different. If a religion is teaching you that it's OK to hurt somebody, exclude somebody, dominate somebody I have a problem with it. 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here' just speaks to the lamer parts of how those things are taught and the sh-tty things we do to each other because of our different beliefs."
It is controversial, but this story has definitely spiced things up and added a dose of extra charm to the new record. In a time when a deeper perspective is often lacking in rock music, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" just might prove as the breath of fresh air we need.
As the fifth release in the group's catalogue, the new album is set for a May 14 release via Virgin/EMI Records. According to a previous statement from Cantrell, the record "has some real filth" and will be completely different from the previous Alice in Chains releases.