Earlier this year, ALICE IN CHAINS released "Rainier Fog" (BMG), the band's first album in five years. It hit No. 1 on Billboard's Rock, Alternative and Hard Music Charts and No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart and has now earned ALICE IN CHAINS a much-deserved Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Album." It's the band's ninth Grammy nod.
Today the band has announced a special "Rainier Fog" movie project titled "Black Antenna", produced and directed by filmmaker Adam Mason. Inspired by the sound of "Rainier Fog", Mason has created a stunning 90-minute sci-fi film which will be rolled out in ten episodic segments/videos beginning at the top of the new year, with each episode set to a different song from the album. A "Black Antenna" preview can be seen below.
"I'm a longtime fan of the band," says Mason. "And this was an opportunity to do something fresh and inspiring from an indie filmmaking side. The sound and vision between album and film are closely intertwined — it was a brilliant synergy that led to a really unique project."
"We've always toyed with the idea of creating videos for every song on one of our albums," says drummer Sean Kinney. "Not only did we do that for 'Rainier Fog', it got totally out of hand and we made a whole goddamn movie. Everything that will be seen in the videos will be footage from 'Black Antenna' to preface the complete film's release."
The band's first new studio effort in five years, "Rainier Fog" marks a few firsts for ALICE IN CHAINS: it's their first album for BMG and their first time recording in their hometown of Seattle in more than 20 years (worth noting that the album title is a tribute to Seattle). The "Rainier Fog" recording process also saw the band spend time at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles and at the Nashville studio of producer Nick Raskulinecz. "Rainier Fog" is the third straight ALICE IN CHAINS album recorded with Raskulinecz and engineer Paul Figueroa. The album was mixed by Joe Barresi (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, TOOL).
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