ALICE IN CHAINS is preparing to enter the studio to begin recording its new album for a tentative late 2017 or early 2018 release.
Speaking to Good Celebrity on May 1 at the tenth-anniversary George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic at Lakeside Country Club in Toluca Lake, California, ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell stated about the band's plans for the long-awaited follow-up to 2013's "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" (see video below): "We are just gearing up to make a record. We'll be moving up to Seattle in about a month and record the record over the summer out there in the same studio we recorded our third record in. So it'll be kind of fun — go home, make a Seattle record. Hometown boys in a hometown studio."
Asked if ALICE IN CHAINS will "keep it a little grungy" on the next disc, Cantrell said: "Hey, this is what we do. At this age, I can't really do much else. So we do us, and we're lucky enough to be able to have the opportunity to still be doing it and making good music and having a good time."
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" was the band's second disc with singer William Duvall, who joined in 2006 following the death of Layne Staley.
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" sold 62,000 copies in its first week of release. It followed up 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue".
The first two singles from "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here", "Hollow" and "Stone", both hit No. 1 on the rock radio airplay charts, while the album itself debuted on the Billboard album chart at No. 2.
DuVall told the Phoenix New Times last year that ALICE IN CHAINS was in a fortunate position to be able to keep touring without any new material. "[We are] lucky enough to have the kind of fans that will show up regardless, and there is obviously never any shortage of songs to play," he said.