Alice in Chains are gearing up to release their long-awaited new full-length, Rainier Fog, August 24th via BMG, the band's first new album in five years. In advance, the group has dropped two sludgy singles so far, "The One You Know" and "So Far Under," and added a third today, the strutting, dissonant "Never Fade." Check it out above. All three tracks are available as instant downloads when you pre-order the album.
Alice in Chains cut the 10-track Rainier Fog with longtime producer Nick Raskulinecz at Studio X in the band's hometown of Seattle, where they previously laid down tracks for the group's 1995 self-titled LP — making this the first release recorded by the group on its home turf in over 20 years. (Additional sessions took place in Nashville and Los Angeles.) In another act of Seattle pride, the quartet will celebrate Alice in Chains Night with Mariners August 20th, during the MLB team's game against the Houston Astros. The ticket offer includes a pre-game album listening party, a Rainier Fog CD and an AIC shirt.
"Rainier Fog is another step further into the brilliance and musicality of what we have now come to expect from AIC," Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan writes of the new album. "Sean Kinney's super-unique drum style tells one epic story, Inez's brooding bass lines tell yet another, Duvall's guitar prowess and lead vocals guide and narrate and nurture the triumph and torture of the subject matter, and Cantrell's jaw-dropping songwriting, vocals, and now-legendary riff-master approach all combine for another simply brilliant effort."