Alice in Chains' fifth studio album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here comes out in May. It is the grunge legends’ second album with singer William DuVall who took over for the late Layne Staley.
Alice main man and guitarist Jerry Cantrell spoke to Rolling Stone about the new album, saying, “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 song “Hollow,” which is the first release from the album, has done remarkably well on the charts. So much so that it even surprised Cantrell: “The initial response to 'Hollow' has been [expletive] incredible, totally not what we intended, and that's [expletive] 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.”
If you live on the East Coast you may want to take a road trip to Philadelphia this spring. Alice in Chains are set to appear as co-headliners alongside Soundgarden at the MMRBQ on May 18.