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Alice In Chains guitarist calls new album ‘f**king strong’

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Alice In Chains is putting the finishing touches on its sixth full-length studio album and now the band is finally starting to speak out about it. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell told Guitar World about the upcoming LP, “It’s not that we were keeping it a secret — we just didn’t want to say a whole lot about it until we had something to say. And we certainly have something to say with this one. It’s a f**king strong record.”

Asked about its musical direction, Cantrell offered, “It’s a record we haven’t done yet, I can tell you that. But it’s also a record that has all the elements of anything you would expect from us. It’s got our fingerprint. And we’re really proud of the material that we wrote and the performances we captured. There’s some really heavy s**t, some really ugly stuff, some real beautiful stuff, some weirdo trippy s**t . . . it’s good!”

Cantrell told us a while back that each new album represents another step in the band’s musical evolution: “The cool thing about a record is it’s a snapshot of time, of that group of individuals. And when you line up all of those records back to back, you can see where the band changes, evolves, you can maybe feel what they’re going through, you know, and I think you could probably say that with all of our records. You can get a pretty good snapshot of what’s going on there and, you know, we’re in a different place now.”

Addressing the five-year gap between 2013’s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here and the new release, Cantrell said, “It’s a lot of work doing a record and I think it gets harder the older we get. But we just wait until we’re ready and until we have enough material that’s up to the Alice In Chains standard, and then we do what we do.”

The new disc was recorded in part at Henson Studios in Los Angeles, with the basic tracks laid down at Studio X in Seattle. This marked the first time the band had recorded in its hometown in more than 20 years.

Alice In Chains will kick off a North American tour on April 28th in Boston, finishing up the first leg on May 19th in Philadelphia. After hitting Europe and Israel, the band will return for a second leg starting on August 22nd in Vancouver and coming to a close on September 15th.

Don’t miss Alice In Chains at Pointfest on May 12!

Story source: Guitar World

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here sold 62,000 copies in its first week of release. It followed up 2009’s Black Gives Way To Blue, the band’s first album since the death seven years earlier of singer Layne Staley.

The first two singles from The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, “Hollow” and “Stone,” both hit Number One on the rock radio airplay charts.