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Album Review: Alice In Chains – “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”

Following the death of lead singer Layne Staley, Alice in Chains went on an elongated hiatus. Very few bands have been able to survive the death of a lead singer, but 2009’s “Black Gives Way to Blue” put all doubts to rest and proved to the world that there was indeed life after death for the Seattle-based grunge band. With the “comeback album” now behind them, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” seeks to prove Alice in Chains’ ability to endure in a music scene very much removed from 1990 when “Facelift,” the band’s debut studio album, was released.

Concert Review: Alice in Chains

The set began tentatively, like it was the band’s very first time on stage all over again. Each note was practiced and perfectly placed, each band member was nervously dreading any mistake that might set the crowd against them.

Alice In Chains - "Black Gives Way to Blue" Review

I’m not much of a lyrics guy. I don’t tend to study them, and I certainly don’t tend to read much into them. Still, when the first chorus of the first track of Alice In Chains’ new album came out of my speakers, I listened. “There’s no going back to the place we started from.” While not a deep metaphor, it is a poignant reminder of the band I’m listening to, a continual needle pricking the wounded tissue of what must feel to Jerry Cantrell like unfinished business.

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