The latest issue of Guitar World features a brand, spankin new interview with A.I.C. axeman/vocalist, Jerry Cantrell. In it, he reveals why it's taken so long to finish their first new studio album since 2013. “It’s not that we were keeping it a secret—we just didn’t want to say a whole lot about it until we had something to say. And we certainly have something to say with this one. It’s a f*#*ng strong record.” -he said.
One thing's for sure, Alice In Chains works at their own pace. This will be only the sixth , studio album in their storied, 30+-year career. They decided last Summer to return to their roots and record in their hometown of Seattle for the first time in two decades. Cantrell says: "It was cool to be back, because the studio is a part of our history,” The band cut tracks for their self-titled album at the Bad Animals studio (as it was known then) in 1995. The band, Co-Frontman/guitarist William DuVall, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney have also cut tracks at three other studios along the way.
Fans should expect to hear some heavy chunk and trademark harmonies the band is know for, but Cantrell also reveals: “It’s a record we haven’t done yet, I can tell you that,” he says. “But it’s also a record that has all the elements of anything you would expect from us. It’s got our fingerprint. And we’re really proud of the material that we wrote and the performances we captured. There’s some really heavy sh*t, some really ugly stuff, some real beautiful stuff, some weirdo trippy sh*t… it’s good!”
As final mixing and mastering wraps up, the Band will launch a World Tour here in Boston at the House of Blues April 28th.