The Pulse of Radio reports: ALICE IN CHAINS recently finished work on its first studio album in 14 years, although the band did not preview any of the new material this past weekend at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, where they played live for the first time since late last year. Even though it once seemed like the world would never see a new ALICE IN CHAINS record, guitarist Jerry Cantrell told The Pulse of Radio that he's pleased with what the group has accomplished this time. "We're really proud of it," he said. "I'm really proud of all of us, man, that we decided to take this trip and decided to take the chance, you know what I mean, to continue and to move forward. The record's a win. Regardless of how it does, it's a win already for us, 'cause we really dig it and we stand behind it, and each other."
The yet-to-be-titled disc will be out in mid-September via Virgin Records, a division of EMI Music, and is the first full-length ALICE IN CHAINS studio effort since a self-titled 1995 album.
The new disc marks the recording debut of vocalist William DuVall. Original singer Layne Staley died of a drug overdose in 2002.
Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez regrouped in 2005 for a charity show before embarking on several tours in 2006 and 2007 with DuVall on the mic.
A preview in the Los Angeles Times called the new album "recognizably thundering and gloomy," with an acoustic track called "Your Decision" followed by what the reporter described as "a seven-minute epic built on heavy slabs of guitar, drums and bass, something like BLACK SABBATH but far quicker."
When asked about stepping into the shoes of Staley, DuVall told the Times, "It's a big thing. I've joined a group that has a strong identity and a strong legacy. Nobody's sitting here who wants to, in any way, disrespect or sully that legacy. You want to add to it."
All of ALICE IN CHAINS' previous albums and EPs were on Columbia Records.
ALICE IN CHAINS will support KID ROCK at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday, July 18. Also scheduled to appear is CYPRESS HILL. Tickets are on sale via Tickets.com and at the Comerica Park box office.
Video footage of ALICE IN CHAINS' February 28, 2009 performance at the Soundwave Festival in Adelaide, Australia can be viewed below (clips uploaded by "backpackdave08").