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.
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