Alice In Chains To Begin Writing For Next Album

Alice In Chains

If you were one of those hardcore Alice In Chains fans who ignored 2009’s Black Gives Way To Blue because “It just ain’t the same without Layne,” you fucking did yourself a serious disservice. At first, I was skeptical that new Alice In Chains tunes could be any good…especially after those Jerry Cantrell solo offerings. But Black Gives Way To Blue was easily one of the best records of 2009.

Seeing as that last effort shattered all of my expectations, the news that Alice In Chains will release new shit next year is…well, fucking rad.

The PRP spotted an online interview with the head of Velvet Hammer, the band’s management team, and in it, David “Beno” Benveniste says that Alice will start writing new music this year.

Literally…that’s all he said. And I quote: “Alice in Chains will start writing a record this year.” I assume that effort would be out sometime in 2012, but that’s just conjecture on my part. The folks at Velvet Hammer are solid people who know how to protect their artists…saying more than just “The band will start writing” could’ve led to unnecessary pressure from the blogiverse.

“We recently announced a handful of U.S. tour dates for System Of A Down, and we have more announcements coming in the next couple of weeks. The band has been off for five years, so there’s been a huge excitement factor on the web. The kids are going nuts.”

So, there’s that too — more coming from System of a Down. Let’s hope that announcement is about East Coast dates or new System songs. I mean, what else could it be?

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