Alice In Chains Work On Next Album

Ann Wilson of Heart mentioned that she had visited Alice in Chains this weekend at the recording studio where they're working on their new album.

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According to Blabbermouth.net, Seattle grunge legends Alice In Chains have commenced work on the follow-up to 2009's gold-certified album "Black Gives Way To Blue" (Virgin/EMI), according to longtime friend Ann Wilson of Heart.

In a conversation last Tuesday (July 19th) with Ultimate Classic Rock, Wilson mentioned that she had visited Alice In Chains this weekend at the recording studio where they're working on their new album, which currently does not have a title and is reportedly set for release in early 2012.

Wilson said that the band sounds "amazing" on the new material and enthused about guitarist Jerry Cantrell and the band, stating, "How can Jerry not sound amazing, but I mean, it really does - they're a monster."

"Black Gives Way To Blue" was the first all-new Alice In Chains album since 1995 and the first to feature singer/guitarist William DuVall. DuVall told the Pulse Of Radio last year that he expects the band to take a lot less time to make a follow-up. "You don't come this far and do all this work just to then stop for (laughs), for another 15 years or, you know, stop forever or whatever", he said. "We are on a path, and just as it was in the beginning, we still don't know where it's gonna lead. But we're digging what we're doing and we're very happy with the reception that we've gotten."

Alice In Chains began touring again in 2006 and DuVall officially became a member of the band before recording began on "Black Gives Way To Blue".

Alice In Chains (guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, guitarist/vocalist William DuVall, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Ine) spent 2010 performing a string of sold-out headlining tours around the world in support of "Black Gives Way To Blue". Fueled by lead single "Check My Brain", which rocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart, "Black Gives Way To Blue" entered Billboard's Top 200 at No. 5. They maintained momentum with follow-up hit "Your Decision", which also shot straight to No. 1.

Alice In Chains currently has two shows scheduled in August, including an appearance at the third annual MTS Rock On The Range Canada on Saturday, August 20 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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    ToolCreedence
    A Looking in View is probably one of my Top 5 favorite AIC songs ever. I hope Jerry and company have a few more heavy songs on the new album. Also, I saw them when they first reformed in 2006 with DuVall. That show was AMAZING. They played a 1/3 of their set. Then they played a video tribute to Layne and set up for an acoustic set. It was awesome. They even played Don't Follow which is another one of my favorites. Then they played the last 1/3 of the set plugged in again. It was badass. I saw them again right after Black Gives Way Gives to Blue. It rocked, but there was no acoustic set. I still got to hear some of the new tunes, but I hope they bring the acoustic set back. AIC unplugged is Awesome.
    bitchfist
    Black gives way to blue was excellent, i wait with baited breath for this new release.
    everjump
    Great news! Love the album, love the band, love the comments in this topic
    Slap-happy
    drhammertime wrote: Am I the only one who has noticed that Mike's last name is missing the final letter?
    I was wondering who Mike INE was, too. Hope they head down to Australia to tour...
    noodles_wazaman
    CaliforniaKid wrote: Andragon wrote: I thought BGWTB was way over produced. I won't be buying the next album.
    All their albums are overproduced!!! What about the original of down in a hole??? Who cares, they still kick ass.
    Mainer
    noisewall11 wrote: hopefully nothing sounds like their hits from dirt on this one..
    What do you mean? Dirt was a great album. Great news btw, AIC is one of my favorite bands
    BeerChurch
    Over produced?? I think not. Sure there are some thick layered guitars and harmonies on some songs, but whatta great, original sound! When you strip everything down, what's left are some of the most heartfelt songs ever recorded. Great News.
    kratos379
    It's pretty rare to find people who actually don't like Alice In Chains. There's so much feeling in their playing, some of their songs are heavy, while others are softer, the singing has always been great, and Jerry Cantrell can play some excellent solos. There really isn't anything to dislike about them.
    LordArbiter
    "Way over produced" Production values shouldn't bar enjoyment of music. Who judges if something is "over-produced" anyway? If the music itself speaks to you, then screw production values.
    LostKeys
    Wow, this is great news! Finally UG puts something actually worth discussing up on the headlines! Cantrell FTW!
    vicarious46
    Sweeeet! Maybe they'll do another tour with Mastodon and Deftones and I'll get another chance to see two of my favorite bands play together Deftones are pretty good too, that show would be so kickass
    noisewall11
    Mainer wrote: noisewall11 wrote: hopefully nothing sounds like their hits from dirt on this one.. What do you mean? Dirt was a great album. Great news btw, AIC is one of my favorite bands
    i mean idc what anyone says. alot of the songs, mainly the hits, from their last album sounded like songs from dirt. it's all really perception, but i thought "your decision" sounded oddly like "down in a hole". same with "check my brain".. just reminded me of angry chair,etc. idk, that's just how i hear it.
    Anjohl
    Last one was a good album, but it didn't often sound like the AIC I know. It reminded me more of a heavier "Degradation Trip". That's not a knock, since I loved that album as well.
    little_boy
    black gives way to blue isn't nearly as good as dirt, facelift or alice in chains, but was still a decent album. the first three (and jar of flies, sap) made AIC my favourite band, but the last one felt a little like a letdown looking forward to it though
    Andragon
    Aw Ann still has a crush on Jerry Good news. Now hurry up and release snippets.
    CaliforniaKid
    Andragon wrote: Aw Ann still has a crush on Jerry Good news. Now hurry up and release snippets.
    You mean... Ann would crush Jerry if she sat on him. I thought BGWTB was way over produced. I won't be buying the next album.
    SGofawesome
    Alice in Chains is always amazing, whatever they do. They don't have a bad song because they have a sound, they stick to it, and with Cantrell on guitar, the riff always sounds amazing.
    themetalbucket
    MetalIsForever! I noticed that too! I also noticed this is the only article i've been on in a while on UG where everyone commenting is in agreement
    Thats just how awesome they are.