New Alice In Chains Has 'Some Real Filth', Says Guitarist Jerry Cantrell

Guitarist talks about the forthcoming album "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here", describing it as a 'major jump' for the band.

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The new Alice In Chains album can without a doubt be considered as one of the most anticipated releases of 2013. Due in May via Virgin/EMI, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" will feature the singer William DuVall for the second time.

Guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently took time to discuss the new record, calling it completely different and a "major jump" for the band.

"We made a unique record that's completely different from anything we ever did. It encapsulates a period of time, like all records do. You see growth and that the band is moving ahead in new territory that we haven't been to before, but we haven't lost our identity," the guitarist tells the Rolling Stone.

"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 release will once again feature Nick Raskulinecz at the helm of production, who was also in charge of the production duties on the group's latest release, 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue". The record was announced with the release of the video for the first single, "Hollow", back in January. Cantrell couldn't hide his satisfaction with the fans' reaction to the new track, simply describing it 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 band will embark on a US tour at the end of April, with the guitarist clearly excited for playing the new material live and "catching up again" with friends around the globe.

So how do you like the new album description so far? And will you perhaps be seeing the guys live somewhere down the road? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Filth? You mean like this.
    Stop with the puns? Would? WOULD you?
    Looks like someone sat in the Angry Chair
    Lesson Learned.
    I tried to Check My Brain for a good pun but I Can't Remember any good song titles. No Excuses, Brother, I was So Close to one but it's Over Now. Again, that's it in a Nutshell.
    I have complete faith in Jerry's songwriting. Extremely underrated musician.
    Lets not get away with ourselves....Jerry is a good guitar player.....nothing more.....great songwriter though.....
    I was first skeptical when they came out with BGWtB, especially with a new Singer at the helm. I couldn't have been more wrong, bring on the new Album!
    "We deal with our daily demons through music. All of the poison that builds up during the day we cleanse when we play". I always recall Cantrell saying this when I hear AiC is around for a new album or tour. One of the most faithful and true relationships a man can have with music.
    "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" is a very interesting title. I assume it is inspired by the famous creationist argument in which case I like it even more.
    I will always be the guy who wishes "Our Past Hides Under the Veil" would have been the final title. It's just too bad-ass to forget.
    That title would encapsulate exactly what Jerry states is the direction they AREN'T trying to go. You know, growth and moving on from that death in the band thing. Respects have been paid multiple times, and don't get me wrong, I wish Layne was still in the band too, but he's not, he's dead and isn't coming back. Plus that sounds like a crappy metal band record title, or even, band title, and I would have boycotted this record just for all the popularity and validation it would have given said crappy (read: almost all) metal bands.
    Lol, what are you talking about?
    You know, how dinosaurs never really existed and the earth is 6000 years old?
    I'm not seeing a correlation between "dinosaurs never existed" and "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here", but whatever. If you're right, it's just crappy wordplay. Just for the record, I think the creationist viewpoint is more like "We don't even know what went on 10,000 years ago, let alone a bajillion", and "Constructing an entire dinosaur skeleton from a 1/2" bone chip is bull."
    No, it's more like "the devil put dinosaurs here and created the lie that is all of modern science in order to test our faith in Jesus"
    Satan buried dinosaur bones to test our faith? You know, that line of bull?
    Never heard that. Interesting.
    You clearly have never been to the southern United States.
    I you think Steve's story is great, I made $8124 pimping out my little sister to all of my musician friends. Although I did have a pang of guilt as she whimpered in the back of my station wagon as I drove her back to Mom's house, I was consoled by the fact that it blows away the $4626 you made part time on your laptop..I didn't even have to lift a finger, she did all the work.
    Jerry Cantrell is one of my fav musicians, looking forward to the album and hopefully a tour.
    Hope the rest is better than the single "Hollow"
    I liked Hollow, but it certainly doesn't feel like a completely new and unique thing like they've been talking about. I'm hoping they chose it as a single because it is the closest thing to what they usually do on the record.
    Definitely agree... Hollow is decent, but new and unique? Not really... definitely stoked for the new album, but anticipating a letdown at the same time.