The new Alice In Chains album Black Gives Way To Blue is the sound of a new beginning of a
legendary band returning to life. Right from the albumÕs powerful and deeply meaningful opener
'All Secrets Known' through its redemptive closing title track, Blue Gives Way To Blue-the first
new Alice In Chains album in more than 14 years-is not just another rock reunion, but something
far more inspiring.
Alice In Chains in the present tense. No replacements. No substitutions. It does no disrespect to
the enduring memory of Alice In ChainsÕ late, great lead singer Layne Staley, to say that for all
that he brought to the groupÕs music in his lifetime, Alice In Chains always was-and always will
be-very much a band. So after taking a more than respectful break to mourn the loss of their
brother and band mate-to heal and explore music individually-the surviving members of Alice In
Chains-Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez-gradually began to make music
again. The band came together for the first time in 2005 to take part in a benefit for the victims
of the tsunami in Indonesia.
The following year, Cantrell, Kinney and Inez decided that the time was right for Alice In
Chains to reclaim its legacy again on tour. They did so with the help of a new guitarist and
vocalist William DuVall, a gifted singer and player in his own right from Atlanta who previously
worked with Neon Christ, Comes with the Fall, and as part of Jerry CantrellÕs touring band. As
live audiences discovered, DuVall brings a sound and stage presence all his own. Yet when
DuVall and Cantrell blend their voices-as Cantrell and Staley did so often-there could be little
doubt that the spirit of Alice In Chains was once again alive and well.
Black Gives Way To Blue is the next step for a group that over the course of their career earned
multiple Grammy nominations and sold more than 19 million albums worldwide and achieved
11 Top Ten singles. At the same time, the album offers the full, bracing impact of Alice In
Chains-a band that kept heavy rock exciting at the dawn of the Nineties and helped set the stage
for an even grungier Seattle sound-still clearly firing on all cylinders.
Recording on Black Gives Way To Blue began in October of 2008 at Dave GrohlÕs Studio 606 in
Northridge and finished at Henson Studios in Hollywood. The band produced the album with
Nick Raskulinecz, whose past credits include Foo Fighters and Rush. Black Gives Way To Blue
combines some classic Alice In Chain textures with a renewed sense of energy and possibility,
from the epic and fantastically electric rocker 'A Looking In View' to the exquisite and romantic
ballad 'Your Decision' to the albumÕs stunning first single 'Check My Brain,' a throbbing
rocker in which a band associated with the Pacific Northwest makes a wry and witty observation
on working and living in California.
Through Black Gives Way To Blue, there is a deep sense of the unique life that this band has
lived, of 'Lesson Learned,' to borrow the title of another standout track. In the end, the album
offers a kind of shared group autobiography by a band that has survived so much. Together, they
are in a way 'Last Of My Kind,' to use the title of another album highlight penned by Jerry
Cantrell-long a dominant songwriter within Alice In Chains-with lyrics from DuVall. 'Imitations
are pale,' DuVall and Cantrell sing together on 'Black Gives Way To Blue,' a brand new Alice
In Chain classic that really has it all-the brooding hurt, the brute force and the beautiful
Listen closely to Black Gives Way To Blue, and youÕll know right away this is Alice In Chains.
1. All Secrets Known * 2. Check My Brain * 3. Last Of My Kind * 4. Your Decision * 5. A
Looking In View * 6. When The Sun Rose Again * 7. Acid Bubble * 8. Lessons Learned
9. Take Her Out * 10. Private Hell * 11. Black Gives Way To Blue.
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