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Alice In Chains To Release New Album In September

Latimes.com is reporting:

The daily ritual is always the same: nine guys kneeling around a pile of money in Studio B at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, shouting, cheering and moaning as a pair of dice rolls across the carpet, delivering moments of euphoria and defeat. The members of ALICE IN CHAINS are among the group, briefly distracted from their final week of sessions for the band's first album of new material in nearly 14 years. Against the wall is an impressive row of vintage electric and acoustic guitars. Incense is burning and a U.S. flag hangs over a sound partition. But for the moment, the rock will have to wait.

Guitarist Jerry Cantrell looks up from his pile of cash and smiles. "Compared to how we used to have fun," he says, "this is pretty tame." The low-stakes game is Left, Center, Right, and many $5 bills change hands before it's over. The day's winner is producer Nick Raskulinecz, laughing now as drummer Sean Kinney grumbles something about the man's take of "two hundred bucks in the last two games."

The real challenge is still ahead, as the three surviving members of Alice in Chains - Cantrell, Kinney and bassist Mike Inez - work to complete new songs as a band for the first time since the death of singer Layne Staley from a heroin and cocaine overdose in 2002 at the age of 34. Their album, still untitled and set for release mid-September on Virgin/EMI, will be another case study of a major group continuing after the loss of a key member. AC/DC managed the transition successfully back in 1980, while others have failed to match their earlier triumphs, including INXS (whose search for a new singer was turned into a 2005 reality TV show) and classic rock acts QUEEN and THE DOORS.

"I don't think we ever intended to do anything," says Cantrell, 43, his thick, blond beard marking the months of preparation and recording that has gone into the new album. "With the passing of Layne, all possibility of that went out the window, probably in my mind and everyone else's too."

Source: Latimes.com

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1. Chazz writes:

Oh, yes! Can't f***ing wait!

# Apr 26, 2009 @ 12:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Jamez writes:

Ok, I still have a bit of an issue why they need to use AIC name, but its useless for me to moan about it as I know I always buy everything with Cantrell on it. Therefore, looking forward to it.

# Apr 26, 2009 @ 6:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. inhatredofme writes:

I can see why they're still using the AIC name....it's still 75% of the original band and as awesome as Layne was it was Jerry that wrote most of the songs. Either way I can't wait and I hope the new stuff rocks.

# Apr 26, 2009 @ 7:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. wilco writes:

looking forward to their new cd
but who will sing?

# Apr 26, 2009 @ 8:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. dark666rage writes:

the singer is William DuVall, the black dude. he is a good singer but is NOT Layne. i agree with others, why don't they change the name, its not ALICE w/o Staley...........

# Apr 26, 2009 @ 9:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Txmetalhead writes:

Finally some recent news about AIC. Hello all - I am back! Work blocked me from accessing this site..guess I got caught lol

# Apr 26, 2009 @ 2:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. deathfreak writes:

hell yea

NP Aborted A Methodical Overture

# Apr 26, 2009 @ 3:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. G writes:

At last, the new album is really happening! This will be the greatest comeback ever, although it may not sound as good as the Staley-era.

# Apr 26, 2009 @ 9:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. That_One_Guy writes:

They're still using the AIC name because 3/4 of the members are still there. Layne was a great singer, but it's always been Jerry's band.

# Apr 27, 2009 @ 1:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Chupacabra_hunter writes:

this album will fail with old AIC fans

# Apr 27, 2009 @ 8:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Blindgreed1 writes:

William never claimed to be Layne. TOG is correct; it's always been Jerry's band. I've heard them with William (doing old songs and new ones) and he has convinced me to buy the album.

# Apr 27, 2009 @ 11:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Grumbly writes:

Can't f***ing wait!

# Apr 27, 2009 @ 12:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Zodiac666 writes:

It's a different band, they should have changed the name. I know that using the name AIC will help them sell a lot more albums but AIC isn't just a name it was a band, should have at least altered the name. Really dissapointed.

# Apr 28, 2009 @ 8:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Bill G writes:

Why didn't Cantrell handle the lead vocals? He's a great vocalist in his own write and sang lead on AIC singles and album tracks, most notably "Heaven Beside You." He's also the primary songwriter. I'm not gonna bash the new guy without having heard him, but it seems like the band could easily have continued as a three piece.

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