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Release date: 28 May 2013
Style: Grunge , Heavy metal

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01. Hollow
02. Pretty Done
03. Stone
04. Voices
05. The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
06. Lab Monkey
07. Low Ceiling
08. Breath On A Window
09. Scalpel
10. Phantom Limb
11. Hung On A Hook
12. Choke

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Line-up
William DuVall - guitars, vocals
Jerry Cantrell - guitars, vocals
Sean Kinney - drums
Michael "Mike" Inez - bass

Staff review by
Nosurper

Rating:
6.8
Vocal harmonies were and still are one of Alice In Chains' defining characteristics. They are featured throughout every track on The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, William DuVall's second album under the Alice In Chains moniker. Are there distinguishable differences between Layne Staley era and William DuVall era vocals? Sure. We heard similar differences on the band's last release, Black Gives Way To Blue. William DuVall predominately accompanies Jerry Cantrell with harmonies and only occasionally will you hear DuVall or Mr. Cantrell singing solo. Gone is that roaring, emotive croon of yesteryear. But, there is still a semi-hypnotic quality about the harmonies today. It's a quality that existed with the harmonies when Layne Staley was singing, and it's nice to hear that same quality carry over into the new era. You could say that William DuVall is a serviceable addition to the Alice In Chains legacy.

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published 02.06.2013 | Comments (19)

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Ace Frawley - 15.02.2013 at 03:34  
Rating: 8 So this is the new album title is it?
Lyssamera - 16.02.2013 at 04:24  
  Sounds like the title of a stoner album.
Angry Chair - 15.03.2013 at 15:39  
  Really can't wait for this, their last album "Black gives way to Blue" was awesome.
AndMetalForAll - 26.03.2013 at 21:35  
Rating: 9 I liked "Phantom.." it seems ok for now
Unhealer - 26.03.2013 at 23:55  
Rating: 8 Loved the three songs released so far, "Stone" specially. Can't believe there are still 8 more.
ThomasBryant - 31.03.2013 at 20:42  
Rating: 9 Oh well this looks interesting can't wait to hear it.
John Shock - 04.04.2013 at 02:46  
  I listened to "Hollow" and i liked it! I think this is gonna be great!
Diverge - 20.04.2013 at 19:25  
Rating: 6 I really hope the album is better than the two singles that have been released. Otherwise, it will be a huge step down from the monumental comeback that was Black Gives Way to Blue.
theembryo - 24.05.2013 at 04:19  
Rating: 8 Check it out, "Phantom Limb"
"Stone"
from The Rave In Milwaukee, Eagles Ballroom 15/05/13
Diverge - 25.05.2013 at 03:21  
Rating: 6 The new AiC is a long, boring mess. This is coming from somebody who gave their comeback album a 9/10. The performance, almost 70 minutes long, lacks a single remarkable track, even though Cantrell is pulling out all the stops. I'd say the somewhat sterile vocal performances/harmonizing are to blame.
This is the first AiC album in which the trademark harmonizing is not the highlight of the album, in my opinion. Right now, it looks like this baby will sit right by Todtgelichter for worst album of 2013.
Metal|Bleed - 25.05.2013 at 20:43  
  Dan is correct, and even Jerry Cantrell once defined Check my Brain's main riff as "seasick-like"
AndMetalForAll - 26.05.2013 at 14:06  
Rating: 9 Hellacious album!! This Alice in Chains is much better than the 90's, very heavy and strong..great album
Diverge - 26.05.2013 at 18:34  
Rating: 6
Written by AndMetalForAll on 26.05.2013 at 14:06

This Alice in Chains is much better than the 90's


I respect your opinion, but I honestly can't take it seriously.
AndMetalForAll - 26.05.2013 at 23:14  
Rating: 9
Written by Diverge on 26.05.2013 at 18:34

Written by AndMetalForAll on 26.05.2013 at 14:06

This Alice in Chains is much better than the 90's


I respect your opinion, but I honestly can't take it seriously.


i'm not the biggest fan of Alice's 90's, not into too much grunge. But this AIC presents a very credible and strong heavy metal vein, it's a great album..
PocketMetal - 26.05.2013 at 23:16  
  I liked it very much , not blown away by it though . a nice and easy album ...
tea[m]ster - 27.05.2013 at 18:45  
Rating: 8
Written by Diverge on 25.05.2013 at 03:21

Right now, it looks like this baby will sit right by Todtgelichter for worst album of 2013.


Do you mean most disappointing? Apnoe isn't horrible, it's just a major letdown for me. I have yet to spin this yet so stay tuned.
Unhealer - 28.05.2013 at 04:46  
Rating: 8 Some fantastic stuff in here, but I don't think it tops their excellent comeback album (by a slight margin though).
Still needs a few more spins!
Diverge - 28.05.2013 at 05:31  
Rating: 6
Written by tea[m]ster on 27.05.2013 at 18:45

Written by Diverge on 25.05.2013 at 03:21

Right now, it looks like this baby will sit right by Todtgelichter for worst album of 2013.


Do you mean most disappointing? Apnoe isn't horrible, it's just a major letdown for me. I have yet to spin this yet so stay tuned.


Apnoe definitely has its merits, but it was, in my view, a total step backwards from Angst in every respect. The vocals have become a real weak point, about 85% of the album is dull and mundane, and I really don't like just how steeped in melody Apnoe was. Part of what was so tantalizing about Angst (your 2010 AOTY, and one of my all time favourites) was just how much they managed to mix into a cohesive, challenging musical arrangement: swirling post-rock, black metal, shoegaze, with long sinewy melodies that are almost absent on Apnoe. It's definitely not a bad album, though- I've rated it as "not good" because it didn't satisfy my own personal tastes-- obviously it has grown a little bit for you, though, and I'm happy you enjoy it. I haven't listened to Super Collider, but I'm almost certain it makes Apnoe look like a total masterpiece.

Anyway, let me know when you've listened to the new AiC. Apparently I'm in the minority about this album again- it's a total snoozefest, in my opinion.
Misfit74 - 28.05.2013 at 20:18  
Rating: 8 Love it. If you like AIC you can't help but like this one. It still retains many of the heavy, doomy parts while giving a huge does of their patented layered vocal sound. Unlike Soundgarden, AIC has stayed mostly true to their roots and not gone totally 'Pop', even if their current material could be played on the radio. The bottom line is the quality songs keep coming and it sounds like AIC. Something I don't think I'll ever tire of.
RealEyes - 31.05.2013 at 08:16  
 
Written by AndMetalForAll on 26.05.2013 at 14:06

Hellacious album!! This Alice in Chains is much better than the 90's, very heavy and strong..great album

OMG ...i am starting to blow my head up when I am seeing such commentaries from certain people fromthis site...
AndMetalForAll - 31.05.2013 at 14:14  
Rating: 9
Written by RealEyes on 31.05.2013 at 08:16

Written by AndMetalForAll on 26.05.2013 at 14:06

Hellacious album!! This Alice in Chains is much better than the 90's, very heavy and strong..great album

OMG ...i am starting to blow my head up when I am seeing such commentaries from certain people fromthis site...


I said what I said because I was never a big fan of AIC, so for me this AIC is much more appealling.. much more heavy metal than grunge and for me that's a huge incentive to appreciate the band more now
Ace Frawley - 02.06.2013 at 12:02  
Rating: 8
Written by AndMetalForAll on 31.05.2013 at 14:14

I said what I said because I was never a big fan of AIC, so for me this AIC is much more appealling.. much more heavy metal than grunge and for me that's a huge incentive to appreciate the band more now


I never really saw the original AiC as grunge but then I never really bought the line of anyone being grunge. It was all just rock and roll to me. Anyway, I really dig this album. Standout track is "Phantom Limb". It's a beauty. I love Sean Kinney's drumming - he really defines the AiC sound for me. Not only is his playing on this album wonderful but the sound is great too, especially the hi-hats.
AndMetalForAll - 02.06.2013 at 14:22  
Rating: 9
Written by Ace Frawley on 02.06.2013 at 12:02

Written by AndMetalForAll on 31.05.2013 at 14:14

I said what I said because I was never a big fan of AIC, so for me this AIC is much more appealling.. much more heavy metal than grunge and for me that's a huge incentive to appreciate the band more now


I never really saw the original AiC as grunge but then I never really bought the line of anyone being grunge. It was all just rock and roll to me. Anyway, I really dig this album. Standout track is "Phantom Limb". It's a beauty. I love Sean Kinney's drumming - he really defines the AiC sound for me. Not only is his playing on this album wonderful but the sound is great too, especially the hi-hats.


Yeah! Your're right, "Phantom Limb" and most of the instrumental pieces in here really standout a lot, making it a great album and a very good follow-up to Black Gives...
tea[m]ster - 09.06.2013 at 17:34  
Rating: 8
Written by Diverge on 28.05.2013 at 05:31

Anyway, let me know when you've listened to the new AiC.


I have just listened to 5 tracks off the album. I can compare this to old AiC because I have not listened to their last album, yet. Considering what music I am interested in the most ATM (atmospheric black, post black, post metal, atmospheric sludge) this album is obviously quite different from what I am used to. Maybe that's why I like it. It uses Jerry Cantrell's (who I think is a genius) formula to a T and I really get that 90's nostalgic feel. A really nice jollity.

Justin Broadrick, Steve Wilson, Dan Swano, Trent Reznor, Devin Townshead. Jerry Cantrell? Am I off-base here?
Unhealer - 10.06.2013 at 01:19  
Rating: 8
Written by tea[m]ster on 09.06.2013 at 17:34

Justin Broadrick, Steve Wilson, Dan Swano, Trent Reznor, Devin Townshead. Jerry Cantrell? Am I off-base here?


What a list, all those names move mountains. Except for Devin "Townshead", I don't know who that is!
Misfit74 - 13.06.2013 at 01:47  
Rating: 8 Good album. Sure, I'd like them to try and do a 'Dirt v2.0' but this album is enjoyable and well done. I wish there were some heavier songs, but I guess that's why I listen to death metal. I love Alice In Chains and this album provides more material to enjoy. I have to give it a few more listens, but so far so good.
doom777 - 22.06.2013 at 00:38  
Rating: 9 Surprisingly good album!!!
JD - 27.06.2013 at 22:32  
Rating: 9 Somehow it reminds of Puddle of Mudd, in a good way of course.
Maco - 10.07.2013 at 23:45  
 
Written by JD on 27.06.2013 at 22:32

Somehow it reminds of Puddle of Mudd, in a good way of course.



How? I think that band is more similar to Nirvana.
ThomasBryant - 02.09.2013 at 21:57  
Rating: 9 Nice,I really really like this album.
Diverge - 07.09.2013 at 04:50  
Rating: 6 Honestly, I'm still very surprised by the amounts of positive acclaim for this album on this site. Even though most popular albums have relatively high rating on MS, the rating on this one should be far lower, especially relative to what AiC have shown they are capable of doing (even in the not-so-distant past).
ThomasBryant - 19.09.2013 at 21:10  
Rating: 9
Written by Diverge on 07.09.2013 at 04:50

Honestly, I'm still very surprised by the amounts of positive acclaim for this album on this site. Even though most popular albums have relatively high rating on MS, the rating on this one should be far lower, especially relative to what AiC have shown they are capable of doing (even in the not-so-distant past).



Well it's all opinion my friend,not everyone is going to think the same way.It's not easy for me to be negative on this album when I just can't help but think more positive on this,since I do like a good bit of songs from this album.Also take note I'm not the biggest AIC fan.But I do like them a lot,Some people are just going to dislike or like things more then others.
Ilham - 01.06.2014 at 19:31  
Rating: 6
Written by Diverge on 07.09.2013 at 04:50

Honestly, I'm still very surprised by the amounts of positive acclaim for this album on this site. Even though most popular albums have relatively high rating on MS, the rating on this one should be far lower, especially relative to what AiC have shown they are capable of doing (even in the not-so-distant past).

I couldn't express this better than you did. As the AiC fangirl that I am, I found it hard to go through the whole album. I had to listen to it in three sittings. It's a huge letdown, and it doesn't make me long for any more new releases. It would stain the almost perfect discography they had -until 2013- all the more.
Diverge - 01.06.2014 at 20:07  
Rating: 6
Written by Ilham on 01.06.2014 at 19:31

Written by Diverge on 07.09.2013 at 04:50

Honestly, I'm still very surprised by the amounts of positive acclaim for this album on this site. Even though most popular albums have relatively high rating on MS, the rating on this one should be far lower, especially relative to what AiC have shown they are capable of doing (even in the not-so-distant past).

I couldn't express this better than you did. As the AiC fangirl that I am, I found it hard to go through the whole album. I had to listen to it in three sittings. It's a huge letdown, and it doesn't make me long for any more new releases. It would stain the almost perfect discography they had -until 2013- all the more.

Yeah I remember being quite bewildered by the response it was receiving. Glad to see that at least someone agrees with my viewpoint here.
Ilham - 01.06.2014 at 20:13  
Rating: 6
Written by Diverge on 01.06.2014 at 20:07

Yeah I remember being quite bewildered by the response it was receiving. Glad to see that at least someone agrees with my viewpoint here.


Could it be a generational thing? Perhaps it appeals to people who started only with the new AiC? I don't know, I can't tell. I was pretty young when I discovered them, around 2000, but it was still a long time after Laney's death, so I might not be the most qualified to push the generation argument.
Diverge - 06.06.2014 at 01:45  
Rating: 6
Written by Ilham on 01.06.2014 at 20:13

Written by Diverge on 01.06.2014 at 20:07

Yeah I remember being quite bewildered by the response it was receiving. Glad to see that at least someone agrees with my viewpoint here.


Could it be a generational thing? Perhaps it appeals to people who started only with the new AiC? I don't know, I can't tell. I was pretty young when I discovered them, around 2000, but it was still a long time after Laney's death, so I might not be the most qualified to push the generation argument.

Interesting theory. I'm honestly not so sure, but I do think that there are a lot of people that are satisfied when AiC produce the standard fare. None of the bands lumped into the odd "grunge" moniker were particularly adventurous aside from Soundgarden, and I think many active listeners in the genre just really love the sound of it. It's also why so many people idolize Clutch when it's obvious they aren't producing earth-shaking music (only music that is very good). It doesn't help my music taste is all over the map right now, so maybe I just couldn't see the quality songs on this album because I can only see the relative lack of variety.
Ilham - 06.06.2014 at 01:57  
Rating: 6
Written by Diverge on 06.06.2014 at 01:45

Interesting theory. I'm honestly not so sure, but I do think that there are a lot of people that are satisfied when AiC produce the standard fare. None of the bands lumped into the odd "grunge" moniker were particularly adventurous aside from Soundgarden, and I think many active listeners in the genre just really love the sound of it. It's also why so many people idolize Clutch when it's obvious they aren't producing earth-shaking music (only music that is very good). It doesn't help my music taste is all over the map right now, so maybe I just couldn't see the quality songs on this album because I can only see the relative lack of variety.


Yeah you have a point. I didn't think past the band itself there. To be honest the album didn't incite me to reflect on more than its own mediocrity .

On the variety thing. I am experiencing the same thing right now. I think this is the first time in my life (by that I mean it's been about three years) that I find myself hoping from one thing to another, and creating all kinds of connections that I never saw before, even in the old stuff I used to listen to. That sentence could merely be reduced to "growing up and discovering new things just like everyone else" but as a result, instead of being more critical on the quality, I became much less lenient on the lack of variety.

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