The resurrection of Alice In Chains in 2009 with Black Gives Way To Blue was a momentous occasion for rockers and metalheads alike. AIC was the band that took the mystery and filth of grunge and mixed it with the dynamics and darkness of metal, creating something that was fascinating yet troubling, sinister yet beautiful. They created songs that withstood the test of time and challenged listeners with each new release.
Now the band is back with The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, their sophomore album with singer William DuVall. Released almost four years after the aforementioned Black Gives Way To Blue, their newest album brings 12 tracks of fresh material that fans have been clamoring for. But does it hold up or are these chains becoming too rusty to move freely? Find out below. READ MORE
Grunge rock band Alice In Chains have released a video for a new song entitled “Hollow”, which you can watch below. The pictures in the video were cultivated from two weeks of fans submitting pictures via Instagram that they felt represented lyric snippets that the band released each day. The song comes from their as-of-yet-untitled follow up to 2009′s Black Gives Way To Blue. The new album has an unspecified Spring 2013 release date.
“Hollow” will be available for purchase on iTunes on Jan. 8th, 2013.
Listening to the song, it’s everything I could want from Alice In Chains. It has the haunting vocal harmonies that AIC is known for as well as the dissonant yet melodic chord progressions. I was already excited for the new album. Now my excitement has been pushed into overdrive. READ MORE
Alice In Chains has posted a message on their Facebook describing the circumstances that will bring about a new song entitled “Hollow”, which comes from their as-of-yet-untitled follow up to 2009′s Black Gives Way To Blue.
They state, “Every day for the next 10 days, a new lyrical phrase from our brand new song “Hollow” will be posted at @aliceinchains on Instagram. We want you to create an image inspired by or featuring a single word or phrase from those lyrics. Next, share those photos on Instagram or Twitter tagging #HOLLOWAIC. On 12/18, visit aliceinchains.com/hollow to see your photos and other fan photos from around the world, then hear and become, “Hollow.””
The first lyric image can be seen below. READ MORE
In a recent interview with Guitar World, Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell discussed the follow up album to 2009′s Black Gives Way To Blue, which has an unspecified 2013 release date. The album marks the second release since the passing of original singer Layne Staley and was recently completed with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) and engineer Paul Figueroa.
Cantrell states, “It’s like having to deal with the sophomore jinx for the second time in our career.”
He continues, saying, “In my opinion, [Black Gives Way To Blue] stood up to anything else we’ve put out in our career. And this new one is right up there as well.”
More information will be available in the January issue of Guitar World. Now, tell me, is anyone else as excited for this new album as I am? I seriously cannot wait to hear it! READ MORE
Ex-Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin has broken his decade long silence by answering 15 fan submitted questions via a British FNM fan site. In his answers, he discusses his thoughts on the Angel Dust album, his current relationship with the members, his future musical plans, and much, much more. You can read all of it below. READ MORE
There is no doubt that the Cry Baby wah wah pedal is probably the most influential pedal of all time. It’s been used by the biggest musicians since it’s existence and continues to be the number one top selling pedal, for good reason. I love my Cry Baby and will always make sure to have one, no matter what style of music I’m playing.
So, naturally, a documentary was filmed to discuss the importance and impact of this pedal. Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World, which you can watch below, tells the story of this pedal, featuring interviews with Slash, Kirk Hammett, Steve Lukather, Jerry Cantrell, Eddie Kramer, and more. Keep in mind that this is just under an hour, so sit back to expand your knowledge!
The early 90’s were the time when I was figuring out exactly what musical styles spoke to me and what drew my interest. It was also a time when music was…well, music, unlike much of today’s offerings. Gone were the days of hair and speed metal as well as electronic and synth-based bands, replaced by grunge, the beginnings of nu-metal, an evolving and growing hip-hop/rap genre as well as the popularization of contemporary country music. It was the end of an era that had grown into stagnation and the beginning of a fresh, new time that brought many of my (now) favorite artists to the forefront of the music scene.
One of these bands is Alice In Chains, whose 1992 release ‘Dirt’, is considered by many to be one of those ‘timeless’ albums that appears over and over in Top (insert number here) albums of (insert however long here). So, do I agree? Does ‘Dirt’ deserve all of these spots and this recognition? Find out after the jump.