The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on May 28,2013. It is the second reunion album. Following a worldwide tour in support of its previous album, Black Gives Way to Blue, the making of The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here lasted for more than a year and the release of the album was delayed numerous times. The band entered the studio in July 2011 to start work on their fifth album, during the writing and recording sessions, guitarist Jerry Cantrell underwent shoulder surgery, which resulted in the delay of the album. The recording sessions of The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here were completed in December 2012, peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here was well received by music critics and Hollow, Stone and Voices were released as singles to promote the album. The album also reached the top ten in the albums charts of Australia, Finland. Singer William DuVall also commented on the possibility of the album and Alice in Chains future, but yeah, generally speaking, yeah, were excited about the future. I dont anticipate some long layoff, DuVall revealed in September 2010 that Alice in Chains had not begun writing their next album yet, but theres plenty of riffs flying around. He added, That was the case when we first started back up and we would just stockpile these fragments, and then some time later we would sift through the mountain of stuff, and thats what became Black Gives Way to Blue. The same thing has been happening since weve been touring Black Gives Way to Blue, so it would be natural to at some point say, Hey. Lets sift through and see what weve got this time, DuVall also mentioned that it was possible that the album would feature songs that were written for Black Gives Way to Blue. On March 21,2011, Metal Hammer reported that Alice in Chains would begin recording their new album by the end of 2011, in May 2012, Cantrell revealed that, prior to the recording sessions, he had surgery. He explained, The thing that set me back is I had some bone spurs cartilage issues in my shoulders, I had the same issue in the other shoulder about six years ago so Ive had them both done now. Its a repetitive motion injury from playing, in December 2012, Cantrell confirmed that the album was completed. On the making of the album, Cantrell said to Revolver magazine and its got all the elements of any record weve put out, but its unlike any record weve put out. Basically, its the next chapter in the Alice in Chains book, Cantrell also said to Guitar World, In my opinion, Black Gives Way to Blue stood up to anything else weve put out in our career. Hopefully, the new album will connect people in the same way. Jerry Cantrell stated in an interview with Rolling Stone, We made a record thats completely different from anything we ever did
Regarding the album, Jerry Cantrell has stated "there's some real filth in there".
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