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Alice in Chains to Release 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here' in May

By February 15, 2013

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Of the four big Seattle bands of the 1990s -- Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains -- I'm not sure that I would have guessed back in the day that Alice in Chains would be the most vital in 2013. There's room for debate, obviously, since Pearl Jam have been going strong for years and Soundgarden just reunited. But Alice's Black Gives Way to Blue is a stronger record than anything their peers have put out of late. Plus, it's worth noting that this is a band that reunited after losing their lead singer, the late Layne Staley, although their principal songwriter Jerry Cantrell is alive and well. Regardless of where you stack Alice in Chains, it's been great to have them back.

Yesterday, the quartet revealed the title of their forthcoming disc -- and the month when the record will come out. The album's got a funny title, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which I imagine they'll have to explain in every interview they do to promote the record. Also, we now know that it'll be arriving in May, although there aren't any more specific details.

About a year ago, the band announced that they were heading into the studio finally after Cantrell had recovered from shoulder surgery. "I had to get some bone spurs and torn cartilage taken care of," he said at the time, "so that put me back a little bit. But we've been writing through the whole process." And soon, we'll get to hear the results of that work. Count me among the very excited.

Update: Cantrell recently dropped some vague hints about the album's sound. "It's got all the elements of any record we've put out, but it's unlike any record we've put out," he was quoted as saying. "Basically, it's the next chapter in the Alice in Chains book, and it's going to be a big one."

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