William DuVall has played in a lot of bands, spanning various genres and decades, but most became aware of him as he became the new frontman of legendary rock act Alice In Chains when they announced their comeback after going on a hiatus following the death of their original vocalist, Layne Staley. DuVall had some mighty big shoes to fill, but anyone who remembered William from his time in Comes With The Fall opening for Jerry Cantrell on his Degradation Trip tours in the early 2000’s, this wasn’t as much of a shock. DuVall’s got an impressive vocal range, and is a solid guitar player in his own right, all of these things are on full display in his first solo album, the bare bones, One Alone, album released in mid 2019. Continue reading →
Chris Dudley is most known for being the keyboardist and sampler for Florida’s seminal genre bending outfit Underoath. After the band went on a self imposed hiatus in 2013, Dudley ended up getting a job working for the government until the band reformed in 2015. Since Underoath’s reformation they’ve put out 2018’s ‘Erase Me’ and have been touring in support of it since. Chris has also kept busy scoring films and video games, one of which, Whelm, saw Chris handle the scoring duties entirely on his own. Continue reading →
The freak was unleashed and the man was let out of his box when genre defining heavyweights Korn and Alice In Chains brought their co-headlining tour to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN Friday night, with openers Underoath and Ho99o9 setting the tone early. The sixth stop of a 30 date US tour spanning mid-July to early September, Nashville once again proved a worthy host to all things metal as throngs of black t-shirt clad revelers funneled through the arena doors in fervent anticipation of coming undone. Continue reading →
ALICE IN CHAINS are back in a very different way a fan would expect to. They have released the first two episodes of “Black Antenna,” a dark sci-fi thriller set against the backdrop of the band’s Grammy-nominated album, ‘Rainier Fog‘(BMG). “Black Antenna” was directed by Adam Mason, written by Paul Sloan and Adam Mason and produced by Elizabeth Mason and Nick Vallelonga, who recently won two Oscars (“Best Original Screenplay”) and (“Best Picture”) for “Green Book” (Vallelonga also has a cameo in episode one of “Black Antenna,” “The One You Know.”) Continue reading →
Continuing on with my Aftershock Festival 2018 experience for day two, we entered the venue on Sunday at around 12:30 PM to catch AmigotheDevil performing on the Monster Stage. With our media credentials already taken care of, the entry process went far smoother than it did on Saturday. Thankfully, were able to simply walk right through the gate. Continue reading →
With two weeks to go before the arrival of the new ALICE IN CHAINS album ‘Rainier Fog‘(BMG), anticipation is ramping up with yesterday’s release of new single “Never Fade“. “Never Fade” is the third ‘Rainier Fog‘ song release following “So Far Under” and “The One You Know” and all three tracks are available as instant downloads by clicking here to pre-order the album ahead of its August 24th release date.
Grunge veterans Alice In Chains are set to release their first album in five years Rainier Fog on August 24. June 27, they are also releasing another single from the record, “So Far Under”. This is a follow-up to the first single “The One You Know”, with a video directed by Adam Mason which has accumulated 2.3 million views. Watch the video here. This record is available on the band’s website, in physical and digital release. As far the as the physical release it will be available on CD and limited-edition double 180-gram clear LP with white and black splatter.
This is the band’s first recording with BMG and the first time in 20 years they have recorded an album in their hometown of Seattle. The album’s title is a tribute to the city, recording part of the record of Studio X (formerly Bad Animals) where they record their s/t album in 1995. Alice In Chains for the third time in a row worked with producer Nick Raskulinecz and engineer Paul Figueroa. The album was also mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool).
Alas, Rock on the Range has come and gone but for those who were lucky enough to attend, the memories are very much alive! I recently heard it said that 2018’s Rock on the Range was the biggest yet – and I can definitely see that to be true! With the monstrous lineup that this year’s festivities held, the festival once again proved it really is “Where Rock Lives”! Festival-goers were treated to incredible performances from huge acts including Stone Temple Pilots, A Perfect Circle, Tool, Alice In Chains, Godsmack, Trivium, too many great bands to name them all. If you ask me, the fine folks at AEG and Danny Wimmer Presents knocked it out of the park with the lineup selection this year and really gave the fans what they want – a rock festival that actually rocks from start to finish! Three days of nonstop music flooded the Columbus, OH air and minus a period of potential storms and a few light drizzles, the weather cooperated, for the most part, providing (sometimes intense) sunshine all weekend. For me, Day One was an early one. We got to MAPRFRE Stadium pretty early to beat some of the traffic that was sure to build with every passing minute and were greeted by a cold, steady rain that still didn’t deter the several eager fans already waiting in line. A side-note to anyone planning on going to Rock on the Range in the future, it is highly advisable to buy the parking pass before the show. One of the downfalls of the festival was the $25/day parking fee, but that’s a small price to pay for the good times that were inside! Continue reading →