A posting on ALICE IN CHAINS' various web sites and social media accounts earlier today offered the title of the band's new studio album up in the form of an anagram.
"H V L E N T P S U S D A H I E E O E D T I U R R"
Share your decoded messages on Instagram, tagging #AICALBUMTITLE.
Shot by award-winning director Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober;METALLICA, MASTODON), ALICE IN CHAINS' video for the song"Hollow" captures a man closed off and losing himself in an empty repetition of daily tasks until his last thread with reality is completely severed. Also available is a lyric video for the song, which was created by fans and comprised of images submitted through Instagram.
ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently confirmed to Guitar World that the band has finished recording its fifth studio album and second without original vocalist Layne Staley. The new disc was once again produced by Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES) and is scheduled for release in the spring.
"I don't think you'll be surprised by anything you hear," Cantrell toldRevolver about the new CD's musical direction. "It's us. But it's also really unique. It's got all the elements of any record we've put out, but it's unlike any record we've put out. Basically, it's the next chapter in theALICE IN CHAINS book, and it's going to be a big one."
The new disc will follow up 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue", which ended a 14-year gap between studio efforts for the group and featured singer/guitarist William DuVall.
"In my opinion, that record stood up to anything else we've put out in our career. Hopefully, the new album will connect with people in the same way," Cantrell told Guitar World.
DuVall told The Pulse Of Radio while the band was touring behind that album that he was seeing a new generation of ALICE fans at the shows. "There's a lot of young people showing up, so that this thing has become a generational band now," he said. "So you've got people, 15, 16, 17 years old, that are coming of their own volition. I mean, they're not being brought there by their parents or anything. They're coming on their own. They're bringing their friends. So that's one thing that's a real sign that perhaps you're onto something."
ALICE IN CHAINS began working on new material in 2011, but the sessions for the album were delayed when Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery.
Kings of Leon, The Shins, The Black Crowes to Perform at Alabama's Hangout Music Fest
The producers of the Hangout Music Fest have scored some of the biggest names in rock to perform at their event, which is scheduled to take place May 17-19 on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Headlining the festival will be Kings of Leon, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and a third artist that will be announced soon.
Among the other acts set to perform at the three-day event include The Shins, The Black Crowes, Trey Anastasio Band, Passion Pit, Jim James, Grouplove, Bloc Party andSlightly Stoopid.
Tickets go on sale on Friday at 11 a.m. ET, with three-day passes starting at $209. To see the complete artist roster and purchase tickets, head over to HangoutMusicFest.com.
Coheed and Cambria Debuts at #9; Mumford & Sons Get Grammy Boost on Billboard 200
The second installment of Coheed and Cambria’s concept double album, The Afterman, scored a space in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. The Afterman: Descension debuted at #9 on the list with almost 41,000 copies sold its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan. However, the first-week sales figures for Descensionweren't as good as sales were for the first half of The Afterman. The Afterman: Ascensionscored the #5 spot on the chart, selling 49,000 copies, when it debuted in October of last year.
Perhaps thanks to their performance on last weekend’s Grammy Awards telecast,Mumford & Sons find themselves in a higher position on the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. Mumford’s Babel, which picked up the Album of the Year trophy, moved up from #7 to #4 this week, selling 54,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Meanwhile, the recently reunited Fall Out Boy claimed the #3 slot on the Digital Songs chart with their new single, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)," which sold 162,000 downloads in its first week. The band’s new album, Save Rock and Roll, arrives in stores on May 7.
Guns N’ Roses, Alice in Chains and Korn to Headline Rocklahoma 2013
The producers of the annual Rocklahoma festival have assembled an impressive lineup of artists for their seventh installment. Guns N’ Roses, Alice in Chains and Korn will headline the event, which will be held May 24-26 in Pryor, Oklahoma.
Other artists appearing at the fest include Bush, Bullet for My Valentine, Papa Roach,Skillet, Hollywood Undead, Halestorm, Dokken and Disturbed frontman David Draiman’s new side project Device, plus more.
Fans who sign up online for the festival’s newsletter will get access to a ticket pre-sale starting on February 20 at 10 a.m. CT. General admission tickets for the event will go on sale starting February 22 at 10 a.m. CT. To see the full lineup and buy tickets to the musical extravaganza, visit Rocklahoma.com.
Trent Reznor’s Streaming Music Service, Beats, to Arrive This Summer
You won’t have to wait too much longer to experience Beats, a new music streaming service Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor helped create with rapper Dr. Dre’s company, Beats by Dre.
Interscope Records chairman and Beats Electronic co-founder Jimmy Iovine revealed during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday that the Beats service -- previously named Daisy -- will be available sometime this summer, Billboard reports.
Iovine added that the service will rely on hand-picked lists to recommend songs to listeners. “We are making tons and tons of curated lists,” he explained. “If you go the gym, we’ll know where you are. So when you wake up in the morning, there will be a list waiting for you.”
A firm launch date for the Beats service has yet to be announced.
Rob Zombie Reveals New Album Title, Release Date
Rob Zombie has revealed the name and the release date for his fifth solo album. Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor will hit all the usual outlets on April 23.
While a full track list has yet to be released, some song titles that will be appear on the upcoming record include “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town,” “Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga,” “Lucifer Rising” and “Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures.” The album will also feature a cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band.”
Shortly after the album’s release, Zombie’s horror flick, The Lords of Salem, will arrive in theaters on April 26. He wrote the script for the flick, which centers around the demonic return of a 300-year-old coven of witches in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts. Zombie's other directorial efforts include the Halloween remake and its sequel, plus House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects. In addition, an official movie tie-in book which Zombie co-wrote with multiple-award-winning horror author B.K. Evenson will be released on March 12.
Dropkick Murphys to Perform Live from Boston on Today
Dropkick Murphys are set to appear on NBC’s Today show later this week. The band will play “Rose Tattoo,” the first single from their latest album, Signed and Sealed in Blood, on the program, which will be broadcast live from Boston. The performance is part of the show’s “Friday Field Trips” series, which takes anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie to different cities each Friday for the month of February. You can catch the Dropkick Murphys performance during the 8 a.m. ET hour of the program on Friday.
In other Murphys news, the band will kick off their 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Tour next week. That outing begins on February 21 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH. VisitDropkickMurphys.com for the full itinerary.