Alice In Chain’s second act is turning out nicely

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Alice In Chains - 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'

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Alice In Chains – ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’

In metal, frontmen have long been replaceable entities. Even so, following the death of Layne Staley in 2002, few would have predicted that Alice In Chains had much of a future. Happily, the band’s fifth album proves that their 2009 comeback ‘Black Gives Way To Blue’ was no fluke. New vocalist William DuVall has made the role his own, while the likes of ‘Stone’ and ‘Phantom Limb’ confirm that Jerry Cantrell’s megalithic riffs were always what made them special in the first place. They may never recapture their ‘Dirt’-era majesty, but AiC’s second act is turning out very nicely indeed.

Barry Nicolson

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Record label:Capitol
Release date:24 Jun, 2013