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Alice In Chains Completes New Album

Alice In Chains has announced that they've finished recording their upcoming new album, which is tentatively due in September. Here's the update from the band:

"As most of you who have been paying attention have already figured out, the new Alice In Chains album is finally complete. We've been in the studio since October, and since it all began we celebrated 6 major holidays, elected a new President of the United States, crowned new World Series and Super Bowl champs, endured fires, earthquakes, & blackouts in and around Los Angeles, took a 2 1/2 week break to go to Australia, and to cap it all off, William & Jerry finally euthanized their beards.

"This long, arduous process is complete, and although there's still a lot of work to be done, the songs are in the can and that's the most important thing.

"So what can I tell you when I look back on the last six months?

"I can tell you that the monotony of 12 to 16 hour days in the studio can be broken up by multiple costumes and hair styles, hours and hours of dice games, any sort of dialogue delivered in a heavily accentuated southern drawl, and a slew of special guests dropping by the studio.

"Most of all I can tell you that some amazing songs were written and recorded. From the heaviest riff-dripping gut puncher to the most sadly beautiful song I think this band has ever recorded, I honestly believe that this album will return Alice In Chains to the top of the hard rock heap.

"So now the next few months are dedicated to things like album artwork, lining up interviews and press, shooting videos, planning tours, and figuring out whether to bury Jerry and William's beards at sea or donate them to science.

"Hopefully these new songs will strike a chord and make a similar impact on all of you out there that were moved by this band in the first place. These songs have definitely done that with me, and frankly I'm getting pretty sick and tired of loving this stuff alone, so I can’t wait for it to be released so it'll become your favorite record of 2009 and we can discuss it at the shows.

"So clear a slot in your CD shelf and schedule maternity leave from work in September, because the long drought will be over soon..."

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1. Jomama writes:

He's talking this up pretty good. It would be awesome if it delivers. I miss Layne's voice but the music can live on with a new voice. I'm definately looking forward to hearing this album.

# Apr 14, 2009 @ 9:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Grumbly writes:

Yeah, I miss Layne and his voice too, but I'm sure that the new AiC will sound great and when it's out, I'm getting it!

# Apr 14, 2009 @ 10:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Demoncleaner writes:

this is awesome, i hope its as good as the article is claiming.

np- GZA-Amplified sample

# Apr 14, 2009 @ 11:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. spiral_architect writes:

i think they can pull it off. they started out as an 80's styled hair band. if they can transition from that to grunge, they can certainly transition to a new vocalist.

# Apr 14, 2009 @ 11:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Blindgreed1 writes:

Spiral: They dressed in drag and played speed metal (in the origional Alice-N-Chainz which didn't include JC) so i'm not sure your comparison really fits. I do agree however that William will do just fine.

# Apr 14, 2009 @ 1:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Westfallen writes:

Jerry always makes it work.

# Apr 14, 2009 @ 6:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Dee writes:

^ I agree with u. I can't wait to get the new album.

# Apr 15, 2009 @ 12:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Grumbly writes:

I'm with you, Dee. I definitely can't for the new album!

# Apr 15, 2009 @ 11:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. spiral_architect writes:

i hope they don't dress in drag for the new album and tour.

# Apr 15, 2009 @ 12:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. That_One_Guy writes:

I hope it's as good as they're claiming.. I've got high expectations for these guys.

# Apr 15, 2009 @ 12:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Blindgreed1 writes:

Spiral: Ohh Jeezusss! lol.

# Apr 15, 2009 @ 12:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Chazz writes:

Ah, it's about f***ing time! Totally stoked on what the new AiC is going to sound like. I hope it's going to be as good as the Layne Staley days like '91-'92.

# Apr 15, 2009 @ 7:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. utoad9 writes:

Can't wait. Will miss Lane though. Not really fair to William. From what I've heard, he's a good fit.

# Apr 15, 2009 @ 8:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Chazz writes:

To post #13:
Yeah, sometimes it's hard to imagine a band with a new singer.

# Apr 15, 2009 @ 9:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. G writes:

YES, YES, YES! I'm sure this is going to be the greatest comeback ever, although it may not sound as good as the Staley-era, it'll just sound as good as I expect it to be.

Last few words:
R.I.P. Layne, you were good. May God bless you on the 7th anniversary of your death.

# Apr 15, 2009 @ 9:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Chazz writes:

To post #15:
Wow, I can't believe 7 years has been that long since he died.

# Apr 15, 2009 @ 9:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. G writes:

To post #16:
Yeah, that is hard to believe that he's been dead for so long. Yesterday (April 14th) marked 7 years since he died.

# Apr 15, 2009 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. That_One_Guy writes:

Wow.... 7 years already?

# Apr 16, 2009 @ 12:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. G writes:

Yeah that's true.

# Apr 16, 2009 @ 12:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Red writes:

I,ll give it a try but I am sceptical

# Apr 16, 2009 @ 4:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. BitterPeace writes:

blah blah Layne. Jerry Cantrell IS Alice in Chains. He writes most of the songs and his vocals appear 50% of the time. This album will be just fine. If Jerry died and Layne still lived, Alice in Chains could simply not be.

# Apr 16, 2009 @ 8:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Pursuit_Of_Vikings writes:

As harsh as it seems, post 21 kinda has a valid point.

# Apr 16, 2009 @ 11:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Netromancer writes:

While I definately enjoy Layne's vocals, Jerry has always been the creative force behind Alice in Chains. I have a good feeling about this one. As I've said before though, I'm just happy to see the guys doing what they love despite the loss of Staley.

# Apr 17, 2009 @ 1:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Red writes:

I've never heard the singers voice, I dunno how he sounds, but like I said, I will give it a try for sure.

# Apr 17, 2009 @ 9:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Blindgreed1 writes:

Red: He's good. You won't be dissappointed.

# Apr 17, 2009 @ 10:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Cozen writes:

Saw the new singer performing live on t.v. Works for me. Layne was a huge loss (understatement), but this has the potential to be a great album. I'm hoping for a some well thought out long tracks and not just a bunch of 4 minute thank-you-mams. Though at this point, I'll take what I can get.

NP : AIC - God am

# Apr 17, 2009 @ 12:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. G writes:

I saw AiC with the new singer perform live in 2007 during their tour with Velvet Revolver. The new singer is actually good.

# Apr 26, 2009 @ 9:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Ooops...I'm actually Chazz not G writes:

Sorry, guys!

# Apr 26, 2009 @ 9:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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