Alice in Chains Announce 'Rainier Fog'

Written by: Jarrett Crepeau

 Alice in Chains / Pamela Littky

Alice in Chains / Pamela Littky

Alice in Chains is back after their 2013 release of The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here with the announcement of a new record, Rainier Fog, releasing August 24th 2018. They have already given fans a tease earlier this year with the single “The One You Know” alongside a music video. Earlier this week, the band also released a new single titled “So Far Under” along with the album’s release date and pre-order bundles.

In an interview, Jerry Cantrell said this is,  “A record we haven't done yet, I can tell you that. But it's also a record that has all the elements of anything you would expect from us. It's got our fingerprint. There's some really heavy shit, some really ugly stuff, some real beautiful stuff, some weirdo trippy shit.” And judging by the first two singles, this is definitely an Alice in Chains record with new elements; gone are the days of Dirt and Jar of Flies. The band has been through so much with the passing of their original frontman Layne Staley back in 2002, but this will be their third release with current singer William DuVall, and fans are generally pleased with his performance. In my own opinion, DuVall is exactly what you want out of a new singer for an established band. He has his own style, but he is able to channel the roots of the band’s original sound and give us something new while sounding familiar at the same time.

As for the content of the album, DuVall and Cantrell have talked about what has inspired some of the songs as well as the message behind them.  For instance, the record’s title track “Rainier Fog” was mentioned in a Rolling Stone interview with Jerry Cantrell. The name obviously comes from Mount Rainier, which overlooks Seattle. He said the song was a tribute to the Seattle Sound and the bands he came up with like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Screaming Trees, Pearl Jam, and Mudhoney. To quote Cantrell,

“It's a little homage to all of that: where we come from, who we are, all of the triumphs, all of the tragedies, lives lived.”

The band has also talked about the two singles they have released. “So Far Under” was written by DuVall and tells a story of what it's like to feel like the the whole world is going against you. As for “The One You Know,” Cantrell said he wrote the song after being inspired by David Bowie’s “Fame”  around the time of his death, describing the track as sounding nothing like Bowie but elements of him were on Cantrell’s mind during the process of writing the song

As an avid fan of Alice in Chains, I’m very excited about this record because what we have heard so far seems like this is as true to the band as it gets. Black Gives Way To Blue and The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here have some amazing tracks and really showed us what DuVall and the band could do. However, this record stands out and just screams Alice in Chains with the even dirtier riffs and compelling lyrical structure.

We have had to wait a while for this release, but I think all the time put into this record will really shine and give something to the fans  they didn’t even know they wanted. You can expect a review from me once the record releases right here on The Drive.