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Alice in Chains Unleash New Single ‘Hollow’

EMI Alice in Chains have unleashed the first taste of their upcoming album in the form of the new single ‘Hollow.’ The track can be heard in the lyric video below. The band’s upcoming disc is the follow-up to 2009′s ‘Black Gives Way to Blue,’ which was AIC’s first album to feature current vocalist William DuVall, who replaced the late Layne Staley. The disc is set for release in the spring of 2013. The song ‘Hollow’ boasts a vintage Alice in Chains sound, with DuVall and guitarist-singer Jerry Cantrell trading harmonies over some crushing guitar riffs. Lyrically, the song offers a series of cryptic phrases, beginning with the lines, “Turning in circles / Slowing down / Pulling against a closing out / Easy to feed off a weaker thing / Harder to say what I really mean.” The tune is accompanied by a lyric video that features Instagram photos that were sent in by fans at the request of Alice in Chains. The band posted a series of lyrics to inspire the photo submissions. ‘Hollow’ will be available for purchase on iTunes beginning Jan. 8, with the official music video for the song set to follow. Alice in Chains, ‘Hollow’ – Fan Lyric Video [button href=”” title=”Next: 10 Best Alice in Chains Songs” align=”center”]

Jerry Cantrell Confirms Completion of Upcoming Alice in Chains Album

Facebook: Alice in Chains Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell has confirmed that the band recently finished recording their new album, due out in 2013. The new disc will mark the follow-up to their 2009 release ‘Black Gives Way to Blue.’ Alice in Chains started working on the new tunes back in 2011 but were sidelined when Cantrell had to undergo surgery on his shoulder. Back in the saddle, Cantrell recently spoke to Guitar World about the pressures surrounding the new disc, saying, “It’s like having to deal with the sophomore jinx for the second time in our career.” Cantrell, of course, is referring to writing and recording music with the band’s new lineup several years after the tragic passing of singer Layne Staley in 2002. The band’s current lineup features Cantrell joined by William DuVall on vocals and guitar, Mike Inez on bass and Sean Kinney on drums. For the new disc, Alice in Chains worked with producer Nick Raskulinecz whose resume includes work with the Deftones and the Foo Fighters and engineer Paul Figueroa. Cantrell talked about how the post-Staley Alice In Chains measures up, explaining, “In my opinion, that record [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.” Although no official release date has been confirmed yet, it has been speculated the disc may make its debut within the first few months of the new year. With Alice in Chains already confirmed as one of the top acts for the 2013 Download festival, it looks like it could be a busy year for the Seattle rockers. [button href=”” title=”Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age + More Added to Download 2013″ align=”center”]

20 Years Ago Today: Alice in Chains Release ‘Dirt’

Columbia It was Sept. 29, 1992 when Alice in Chains released their sophomore set, ‘Dirt,’ a brooding masterpiece that would stand as one of the ’90s best works. Having made inroads with their debut full-length ‘Facelift’ and its pre-grunge explosion single ‘Man in the Box,’ many felt the group was primed for something big now that their music scene was finally taking off nationwide. They didn’t disappoint, and got an early boost when the song ‘ Would? ‘ from the forthcoming album would turn up on the ‘Singles’ soundtrack. The melancholy track was penned by guitarist Jerry Cantrell as a reaction to the death of his late friend, Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone, who died from a heroin overdose a few years prior. Cantrell would state on the ‘Music Bank’ liner notes, “I was thinking a lot about Andrew Wood at the time. We always had a great time when we did hang out, much like Chris Cornell and I do. There was never really a serious moment or conversation, it was all fun. Andy was a hilarious guy, full of life and it was really sad to lose him. But I always hate people who judge the decisions others make. So it was also directed towards people who pass judgments.” The feelings brought about by addiction issues would play a large role in the recording of ‘Dirt.’ ‘ Them Bones ‘ would be the second single from the disc (first if you consider ‘Would?’ initially coming from a soundtrack prior to the album’s release). From a vocal standpoint, there’s not much more powerful than the primal scream that Layne Staley delivers at the beginning of the song. On the lyrical side, Cantrell would state that the track was his take on the mortality that faces us all. The guitarist also took great pride in the track’s 7/8 time signature, telling Guitar World , “Off-time stuff is just more exciting. It takes people by surprise when you shift gears like that before they even know what the hell hit ‘em … A lot of Alice stuff is written that way. ‘Them Bones’ is a great off-time song.” The other major songwriter in Alice in Chains, Layne Staley, stepped up with the band’s third single, ‘ Angry Chair .’ The singer even strapped on the guitar to add a little something extra to the track. ‘Angry Chair’ is also a notable song in the band’s history as it was one of the final moments where bassist Mike Starr got to shine. Starr would eventually exit the band, leaving Mike Inez to finish out the disc and eventually take over as a full-time touring and recording member. But before he left, Starr and drummer Sean Kinney laid down the killer low end on this classic cut. The group hit on something big with their fourth single, ‘Rooster.’ The haunting opening melody of Staley and Cantrell is spine tingling, and the way Staley moves between the moody intro into the full-on belting of “ I ain’t gonna die ” later in the track shows his range. Cantrell wrote the song about his Vietnam War-vet father, who was nicknamed “The Rooster,” and the track shares some of the horrors of war that his father finally opened up about. It would go on to become the biggest song on the disc, topping out at No. 7 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. Finishing out the singles was ‘ Down in a Hole ,’ a rare love song from Alice in Chains. Cantrell said in the ‘Music Bank’ liner notes, “It’s to my long-time love. It’s the reality of my life, the path I’ve chosen, and in a weird way it kind of foretold where we are right now. It’s hard for both of us to understand … that this life is not conducive to much success with long-term relationships.” In addition to the singles, the album is filled with heavy goodness, as the chugging rocker ‘ God Smack ,’ the darkly wailing ‘ Rain When I Die ,’ and the hard-hitting ‘ Sick Man ‘ are among the standouts that never got commercial airplay. By the time the album cycle was complete, Alice in Chains had gone from potential buzz band to having their rock ‘n’ roll legacy cemented. ‘Dirt’ was the right album at the right time, and took full advantage of being released at the height of the grunge era. [button href=”” title=”Next: 10 Best Grunge Bands of All-Time” align=”center”] Watch Alice in Chains ‘Rooster’

10 Best Alice in Chains Songs

It's not an easy task choosing the 10 best Alice in Chains songs, especially with their stellar history, but we're giving it a shot. Pearl Jam and Nirvana may have gotten a little more glory in the early '90s but it's hard to pick a band that was more influential on hard rock music for the next two decades than Alice in Chains. The group cranked out one of the most impressive catalogs of any band during the '90s, with several memorable hits. Sadly, the drug addiction and ultimate death of singer Layne Staley put Alice in Chains' standout career on hold for much of the next decade, but an impressive return with William DuVall joining the band in 2009 offers hope of more greatness to come. So, without further adieu, let's count down the 10 Best Alice in Chains Songs.

Layne Staley Memorial Fund To Raise Money for Good Cause Through Seattle Marathon

The spirit of late Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley continues to inspire and influence his local community even a decade after his tragic death. The Layne Staley Memorial Fund, hosted by Therapeutic Health Services (THS), will be raising charitable funds to participate in the annual Amica Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon on Nov. 25, 2012. Each assembled team selects a local Seattle charity to run for, allowing local athletes

Mark Lanegan To Contribute Vocals to Upcoming Mad Season Album

After recent word that a new album of previously unreleased Mad Season material is in the works, the band’s drummer Barrett Martin has revealed that singer Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) will be contributing vocals to the effort. The band’s original vocalist, Layne Staley (Alice in Chains), died in 2002. Mad Season was a supergroup formed in 1994 by Staley, guitarist Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), bassist John