Alice in Chains
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here


5.0
classic

Review

by overtureoverride USER (4 Reviews)
July 26th, 2013 | 18 replies


Release Date: 05/28/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A beautiful selection of songs that engages the listener from start to finish

As one of the most revered bands in grunge music,the news that 2013 would herald the return of Alice In Chains with a second album since their return to the music scene with DuVall at the front. Not many really predicted just how good this album would be, despite the fact that Alice In Chains are often looked at as one of the few bands who have never disappointed their fan base. Twelve tracks make up this one hour album, and not one of these will disappoint.

My personal favorite thing about this album is the way it feels like a natural culmination of everything the band has put out to date. It has the raw atmosphere of Facelift combined with the sludgy nature of Dirt and then mixes this with sprinklings of flavor from their self-titled album and the first release with DuVall.

This is an album that maintains a rather dark atmosphere throughout. Hollow kicks things off with a heavy and catchy guitar riff. Over the top of this is some lead work that just adds to the effect, before the track calms down. The riff that fuels it is still crushingly heavy but it does not seep through quite as much, and allows for focus on the remarkable voice that Mr. DuVall possesses. Many people have noted how similar his and Staley's talents are, although DuVall is a little more whiny than Staley ever was. His vocals here are really suiting for this music as he dips and dives between his higher range and lower notes. The chorus of the title track shows off some of the higher notes he can reach, and really suit the calmer nature of that particular song. Also instrumental in the creation of the atmosphere here is Cantrell's guitar work. Whilst he is not the most technically gifted of men on a guitar, he certainly has developed his own glorious style, with some very low-end riffs mixed in with some really suiting solos. Each of these songs has some rather awesome riffs that fuel them, with Phantom Limb showing this off with its really interesting, engaging opening riff as the drums build up over the top of it as the song kicks in properly.

Few could have anticipated just how masterful this release is, arguably touching toes with Dirt in terms of quality. Whilst this does not have the raw emotion of Layne Staley's troubled with addiction to power it anymore, what this release does is make a case for itself. Every member of the band is on scintillating form here, putting in a performance that's about as flawless as the Flintstone's car (yeah, i did wordplay in a review). The drumming is arguably the most bravado style of playing on any Chains release, with some really well put together beats on every song, whilst the bass is there rumbling along and anchoring the music down. The second half of Phantom Limb and the bass-only introduction to Lab Monkey are probably two of the best moments here, but the whole album pretty much slays any doubt anyone might have had about the band.

The Devil Put Dinosaurs here puts Alice In Chains on a fast track back to the forefront of the music industry with some amazing guitar work and a gorgeous vocal performance to make for perhaps their strongest album yet, although that is something that only time will tell. In twenty years, will this have aged as well as Dirt? Who knows. All that matters is that this is a masterful accomplishment.


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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 ...

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

    JTD (3.5)
    Alice in Chains release a great yet slightly disappointing followup to the excellent Black...

  • 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....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Minus.
July 26th 2013


2680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is good, but not a classic.

aggelosm
July 26th 2013


471 Comments


review was well written. Pos'd
I haven't check this one yet. I'll give it a spin.

PumpBoffBag
July 26th 2013


327 Comments


sounds cool. Never liked this band all that much but may give this a chance on the strength of your review, nice job

KILL
July 26th 2013


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gj skele too generic for my ass though!

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

DominionMM1
July 26th 2013


10110 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

meh

Eclecticist
July 26th 2013


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol a 5

iambandersnatch
July 26th 2013


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really big AIC fan here but a 5? idk idk :P

ShadowRemains
July 26th 2013


21113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why are you back

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

Cipieron
July 26th 2013


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if this is a 5, then what are Dirt and JoF?

NeroCorleone80
July 26th 2013


29334 Comments


None of skeles ratings make sense

Underflow
July 26th 2013


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Either I'm missing something obvious (brain lapse), or your first sentence isn't actually a sentence.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

ILJ
July 26th 2013


6712 Comments


"As one of the most revered bands in grunge music,the news that 2013 would herald the return of Alice In Chains with a second album since their return to the music scene with DuVall at the front."

I've seen a lot of run-on sentences, and a lot of sentence fragments, but I don't think I've ever seen a run-on sentence fragment.

Danly
July 26th 2013


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

They R 2 Good for radio

Cipieron
July 26th 2013


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"As one of the most revered bands in grunge music,the news that 2013 would herald the return of Alice In Chains with a second album since their return to the music scene with DuVall at the front."



what is this, i don't even

Cipieron
July 26th 2013


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and your opening sentence nonetheless.


what a way to start (and ironically end)

Gwyn.
July 26th 2013


15160 Comments


hahahaha

tempest--
July 28th 2013


13944 Comments


The Album is a Classic - Hence the 5!

Danly
July 28th 2013


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The Album is a Classic - Hence my hard dick!



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