|Alice In Chains|
Alice in Chains are hard at work on a new album, according to friend of the band and Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson.
The singer told Ultimate Classic Rock that the grunge greats are making progress on the as-yet-untitled release, due later this year or in early 2012. “I saw those guys just yesterday,” she said. “I went over to visit them in the studio where they were working on some new stuff – they sound amazing! How can Jerry [Cantrell] not sound amazing, but I mean, it really does – they’re a monster.”
The album will be the follow-up to 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue, which was the first Alice in Chains album to feature singer William DuVall (in place of the late Layne Staley). Wilson reminisced about her collaboration with the band on 1992’s Sap EP.
“Well, it came about from just us all hanging out together in social situations. In Seattle, it’s a pretty tight music scene, especially in those years,” she said. “We’d all show up at each other’s gigs and then come back to usually my house, because my house is central. We’d hang out and I just got to know the Alice guys, especially Jerry the most, at first.
“And then pretty soon, they were working and they had this song that needed a high voice and they wanted a woman, but not just anybody. So they asked me and it was really fun – it was like crossing over some kind of taboo line, you know, because we were considered to be an ’80s band, but we weren’t — we were really just a band.”