So, we finally know the title of the new Alice In Chains album. The band has called it Rainier Fog, and it’s been revealed that it’s in reference to to Mount Rainier, which is the highest peak in band’s home state of Washington.
The bands guitarist Jerry Cantrell, explained to Rolling Stone, that the bands title track and name is a tribute to the early Seattle grunge scene of the late ’80s, which also spawned bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees and Mother Love Bone.
Cantrell went on to explain: “This song is a little homage to all of that: where we come from, who we are, all of the triumphs, all of the tragedies, lives lived.”
There has been a lot of hurt in the Seattle music scene over the years. Following on from the death of Kurt Cobain via suicide in 1994, Alice In Chains’ very own Layne Staley died of an overdose in 2002, and last year saw the death of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell.
Cantrell talked about the bands of the time: “It’s a small town and we all knew each other,” adding: “It means the world to me that I was able to spend time with [Cornell] to create what we all created in the same town.”
“It gets really difficult to be the guy that has to talk about your dead friends all the time,” he continues. “After 15 years of talking about my friends dying, you just really want to focus on life and moving forward because that’s really all I can control. I miss the hell out of all of them.”
Rainier Fog the album will be available from August 24th.