Alice in Chains
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here


3.5
great

Review

by JTD USER (1 Reviews)
June 1st, 2013 | 19 replies | 1,996 views


Release Date: 05/28/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alice in Chains release a great yet slightly disappointing followup to the excellent Black Gives Way To Blue.

5 of 8 thought this review was well written

(I recently gave this album a few more listens and decided that my last review of this album was a bit to harsh so I changed my rating from a 2.5 to the 3.5 it is now and made a few other edits to my past review)

The Devil Put Dinosaurs here is Alice in Chains second album with new vocalists and guitarist William Duvall. With The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, Alice in Chains can finally put to rest the naysayers and some of their fans doubts that they can consistently release quality material With Duvall and without front man and founding member Layne Staley. TDPDH is a flawed but still great release, and in the following review I'll explain to you as to why I came to this conclusion.

First, lets start out with the positives. Jerry's signature dark lyrics and his and William's vocal harmonies certainly give this album a classic Alice in Chains feel. Also, Jerry's guitar solos are as great as ever, his solo's on Stone and Low Ceiling are just as good and if not better then those on Previous AIC albums. Kinney and Inez's drumming and bass are as solid as ever and definitely contribute to the album. Next, the riffs on songs like Stone and Phantom Limb are catchy, heavy, and certainly some of the best riffs Jerry's ever written. Finally, the albums production is much better then BGWTB's was.

Now, I'll talk about some Negative aspects of the album. TDPDH is AIC'S Least heavy LP they have ever released. So those like me hoping for faster, more aggressive songs like Them Bones or A Looking In View will be disappointed. Secondly, a few of the songs on this album, Hollow for example, seem to be unnecessarily long and can become repetitive and boring, which is a real shame because the riff in hollow is fantastic. Next, for the first time in their career AIC released an album that fails to distinguish itself from its predecessor in any significant way, and TDPDH often sounds like BGWTB part 2. The album also lacks variety and many of the songs sound very similar, which is something I never thought I would say about an AIC album. Finally, there is lack of catchy choruses on this album (the exceptions being Stone and the song the The Devil put dinosaurs here) , which at times can make a few of the songs sound a bit dull.

Overall, TDPDH is far from AIC's best album, and even though some fans wishing for another excellent album will be disappointed, this album still contains enough heavy riffs, solos, vocal harmonies, and dark lyrics to satisfy most fans of AIC and Rock and Metal fans in general.


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  • Tunaboy45 (4)
    A solid album that will please both the older side of the fan base and the younger side to...

    PsychicChris (4.5)
    Alice In Chains's second album with William DuVall upholds the band's expectations but is ...

    overtureoverride (5)
    A beautiful selection of songs that engages the listener from start to finish...

    AaronBatt (4)
    Jurassic Fantastic......

  • Greg Fisher STAFF (3.7)
    The new Alice in Chains effort bursts with enough vitality to make a lasting impression on...

    Super Grover (3.5)
    ...

    donovan909 (4)
    The Devil Put The Dinosaurs finally lays to rest any qualms about post-Staley Alice. They ...

    YoYoMancuso (4)
    The album Alice In Chains needed to make....

  • Peter K. Mark (4)
    A slightly different monster that bites just as hard as their previous efforts....


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SitarHero
June 1st 2013



4645 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review and I actually agreed with your assessment after my first listen. I think this is the heaviest AiC release even though there are no thrashy songs like Them Bones or We Die Young. It's a definite grower though.

ksoflas
June 1st 2013



359 Comments


Killer first review man.
Pos'd.

ksoflas
June 1st 2013



359 Comments


Well said too.

KILL
June 1st 2013



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

agreed this drags quite a bit rip

Digging: David Axelrod - Song of Innocence

YoYoMancuso
June 1st 2013



10994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

if Low Ceiling and Scalpel weren't on this album everyone would be salivating over it right now. it's just the length that bothers people.

Crawl
June 1st 2013



1576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Meh this is way too long

ViperAces
June 1st 2013



12382 Comments


the songwriting is just not as interesting. i kinda like low ceiling tho

SteelErectedb4you8er
June 1st 2013



2616 Comments


Honestly, this is a strong release. It is a grower like the Self-Titled album was a grower. The length of the songs on Self-Titled were really long and they were all drugged and it kind of dragged, but I think they are definitely more focused on this one. And this album is pretty damn heavy and dark, if you really listen to it.

truekebabpower
June 1st 2013



639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed it's missing the faster moments (even for Aic)

and the drummer's last name is Kinney not Kinny, just sayin

JTD
June 1st 2013



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey guys, thanks for taking the time to read my review and offer feedback! This was my first review, so feel free to offer constructive criticism.

Dreamflight
June 1st 2013



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You raise some valid points here and review definitely doesn't deserve the negs, however

"So those like me hoping for faster, more aggressive songs like Them Bones or A Looking In View will
be disappointed."

I think this is aggressive and heavy enough for AiC standards, and they were never that fast really.


Have a pos.

PsychicChris
June 1st 2013



210 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im_5QdHp04E

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2013



9820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I hate to say it, but this album just hasn't grown on me. I think I'm gonna end up keeping this at a 3 :/

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2013



20749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"band should've broken up after Layne died"

hell no

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

KILL
June 1st 2013



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

3 is true

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2013



9820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Holy reviewer rating bump, Batman!

SitarHero
June 2nd 2013



4645 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lol! I think he listened to the album a second time.

Trez
June 17th 2013



90 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love how AIC have a very unique sound. Even so first couple listens not digging this as much as BGWTB. Stone seems to be the high point for me. Maybe it's a grower like some are saying. We'll see...

Danly
July 6th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

(SteelErectedb4you8er)

"Honestly, this is a strong release. It is a grower like the Self-Titled album was a grower. The length of the songs on Self-Titled were really long and they were all drugged and it kind of dragged, but I think they are definitely more focused on this one. And this album is pretty damn heavy and dark, if you really listen to it".

^ All of this! ^



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