Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell Teases Ugly, Beautiful, "Trippy" New Album

By Andrew Magnotta

April 12, 2018

Alice in Chains' New Album Coming This Summer

Alice in Chains' first new album in five years should be available this summer, according to guitarist Jerry Cantrell

The band's sixth album, and third with frontman William DuVall, should be released while Alice in Chains is on tour between late-April and mid-September, Cantrell says. 

"It's not that we were keeping it a secret — we just didn't want to say a whole lot about it until we had something to say," Cantrell told Guitar World in a new interview. 

Rumors that Alice in Chains was working on a new album began to circulate in December after the band announced tour dates in the spring, with bassist Mike Inez also revealing the band had booked studio time. 

Cantrell continued, telling Guitar World "we certainly have something to say with this one. It's a f***ing strong record."

The guitarist described the new music as a new direction for the band that also has everything fans have come to expect from Alice in Chains over the previous five studio albums. 

"It’s got our fingerprint," Cantrell said. "And we’re really proud of the material that we wrote and the performances we captured. There’s some really heavy shit, some really ugly stuff, some real beautiful stuff, some weirdo trippy shit. … It’s good!” 

The title of the album hasn't been released, but Cantrell indicated the majority of the recording is finished. He said he's scrutinizing the details of the album, "The nitpicky and manic part of me keeps saying, 'We're not done yet!' But we're almost there."

Joe Barresi is reportedly handling the mixing of the album. Barresi has also been busy producing Tool's long-awaited new album, which is being tracked analogy-style on 2-inch tape. 

Cantrell says he's really looking forward to getting back on tour, noting that the road is "really the best reward" for releasing new music.

Check out the tour dates below. Get more information here

April 28 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

April 30 – Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre

May 1 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall

May 3 – Washington DC – Anthem

May 4 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion

May 5 – Virginia Beach – WNOR Lunatic Luau

May 7 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom

May 8 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom

May 10 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy

May 12 – St. Louis, MO – Pointfest

May 13 – Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion

May 15 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre

May 16 – South Bend, IN – Morris Performing Arts Center

May 18 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range

May 19 – Philadelphia, PA – WMMR BBQ / BB&T Pavilion

June 16 – Leeds, UK – O2 Academy

June 17 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

June 20 – Stockholm, Sweden – Grona Lund

June 21 – Halden, Norway – Tons of Rock Festival

June 22 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell

June 24 – Clisson, France – Hellfest

June 25 – Zagreb, Croatia – INmusic Festival

June 28 – Padua, Italy – Sherwood

June 30 – Bezirk-Landstrasse, Austria – Arena Open Air Wien

July 1 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Park

July 3 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s Neue Welt

July 4 – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall

July 8 – Belford, France – Les Eurockeennes 30

July 10 – Milan, Italy – Ippodromo Snai San Siro

July 13 – Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival

July 14 – Lisboa, Portugal – NOS Alive

July 17 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Caesarea

July 18 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Caesarea

Aug 22 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Aug 28 – Paso Robles, CA – Vino Robles Amp

Aug 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium

Aug 31 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Sept 1 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl

Sept 3 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Music Hall

Sept 4 – El Paso, TX – Abraham Chavez Theatre

Sept 6 – Austin, TX – ACL Live

Sept 7 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center

Sept 8 – Dallas, TX – Pavilion @ Toyota Music Factory

Sept 10 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theatre

Sept 11 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre

Sept 13 – Denver, CO – Fillmore

Sept 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

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