Alice in Chains Release 1st Single off New Album

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The first single off of Alice in Chains’ forthcoming fifth studio album has dropped and it’s quite good. Despite my initial reservations about the extremely talented Jerry Cantrell re-forging the band for 2010’s Black Gives Way to Blue I’ve found the new incarnation of my favorite band from the, ahem, Seattle era is quite good. And why shouldn’t it be? Mr. Cantrell was one half AT LEAST of the songwriting credit in the original band and by finding another singer he melds with in a similar fashion to the late, great Layne Staley (who none of this is meant as an affront to – there’ve only been two big “rockstar’ deaths that affected me, Type O Negative’s Peter Steele and Mr. Staley) Cantrell has put himself in the position to rekindle the sonic textures of that old writing process. And it works. Black Gives Way to Blue is one of those rare comeback records that sounds like the band picked up where they left off. It’s not rehashing or bastardizing old songs in an effort to strike a nostalgic harmonic with the old school fans and it’s not a bold new direction that tries to update their sound. It’s just the next batch of songs in the style that Cantrell enthralled his fans with way back when.

The aforementioned lead single, “Hollow” hit the web as a video. It’s… bizarre. Check it out and if you dig it, buy it from itunes and support a great band who are still working for a living.


Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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