Grunge rockers Alice In Chains have announced that they are currently recording a brand new record that is expected to be released in 2017. It is to be the band’s sixth studio album and follows 2013’s ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’.
Alice In Chains were one of the biggest American rock bands of the 1990s. Founded in 1987 by lead singer Layne Staley and guitarist Jerry Cantrell, the band became widely associated with a new sub-genre of alternative rock known as Grunge.
The band released three successful albums in the early 1990s titled ‘Facelift’ (1990), ‘Dirt’ (1992) and ‘Alice In Chains’ (1995), and were held in the same high regard as contemporary band’s such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. After a six year hiatus due to problems with drugs and alcohol, Alice In Chains suffered a huge loss when lead singer Layne Staley died in 2002 from a heroin overdose.
After years of coming to terms with the loss of their friend and bandmate, the group finally put out a comeback record titled ‘Black Gives Way To Blue’ in 2009. It was followed by 2013’s ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’, which became the band’s second highest charting record, peaking at number two on the Billboard 200.
In now seems like Alice In Chains are back in the swing of things with news that a brand new album is currently being recorded.
In a recent interview with guitar makers Framus & Warwick, bassist Mike Inez explained: “Being in the studio for twenty hours a day isn’t fun, but it’s a great job,” “But we try to make that our clubhouse and separate that from the business, kind of. So we’re still in that… playing in the sandbox, kind of, for this new record anyways. We’re still getting together in the same city, and plugging in in the same room.”
He added: “Today is actually our first day [in the studio,] and I’m already late, ’cause I’m here talking to you, so it shows you how professional we still are.”