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The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
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on 3 February 2015
Some good old & new AIC sound :)
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on 29 November 2014
top form from the grunge giants
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2013
Wow, quite simply this is a huge comeback for AIC! I really liked "Black Turns Into Blue", but it was obvious that it was a cathartic soul-cleansing exercise for Jerry Cantrell and at times that melancholy took over.

Now all that is done, Jerry and the rest of the band have really hit the button on this one - before I go into any detail, I have listened to this album 5-10 times already and, as has been mentioned before, the album is worth buying just for the riff on 'Phantom Limb' alone.

The granite-like slabs of riffs on Hollow, Pretty Done, Stone, Breath on a Window and the afore-mentioned Phantom Limb are what any AIC fan would expect, but somehow Jerry seems to have cranked them up to an even higher gear, making for a huge sound that carries on from the likes of BGWTB's Lesson Learned and Check My Brain.

Alongside that, are some great acoustic tracks - Voices, Scalpel and closer Choke. Again, any AIC fan should know how brilliant Jerry is at this, but William Duvall's dual vocals add an extra-edge to these too. His voice is different to Layne's, obviously, but it works just as well dueting with Jerry.

Talking of William, he gets lead-vocal duties on the astounding Hung on a Hook, a curious mixture of a tune that reminds of Acid Bubble from BGWTB, but will also seem eerily familiar to older fans. The same is true of the title track and the slow-grinder Lab Monkey. The Devil..., as another reviewer said, was reminiscent of Frogs and is a slow-builder that then hits you with it's enormous chorus.

I'm not particularly struck with Low Ceiling and it kind of seems out of place with it's slightly up-beat feel compared to the darkness that surrounds it. Not that it's bad, just not a favourite, yet.

All-in-all, a cracking return from one of the great bands of all-time, just buy it and immerse yourself in it's brilliance!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2014
Not a single dud song on here, a real treat from start to finish. Cantrell is still undoubtedly a hero.
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on 21 September 2014
More great A.I.C.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fans of riff-led music will be listening to "Hollow" and "Stone" over and over again. The doominess is well done for the most part, and even the relatively average tracks sounds better on repeated listens. "Voices" shows that the band can still master melodic acoustic tracks as well. The album does not have the consistent brilliance of "Dirt" but has enough to be of interest to metal fans. Beware the "noise" on some solos though.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2013
I have listened to this album three times now, and everytime it gets better. At first I was slightly underwhelmed, as three of the best tracks (Stone, hollow and Phantom Limb) had already been released, but very song just grabs you more and more upon further listening. Tracks such as "Pretty Done" and "Lab Monkey" have such groovy riffs, that you just do not get bored of.

One of the standout songs is the title track, it has a very similar sound to "Frogs". I am happy to see AIC continuing to do songs like this as I was worried the new album would be only acoustic and heavy groovy tracks, songs like this add an extra dimension that some thought was lost with Layne.

The album has a number of softer tracks, some of these feel a bit "by the numbers" to me right now, "Hung on a Hook" is probably my favourite of the softer songs on the album.

4.5/5 would have been a more accurate rating, but I couldn't bring myself to knock a start off after hearing the riff to "Phantom Limb" again! If you are AIC fan you will be not be disappointed.
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on 3 August 2014
Not their best
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2013
Awesome atmospheric new album , works as a complete package, no duff tracks but the title track is a masterpiece ,hollow is also especially memorable and voices makes a splendid single. Lucky enough to have seen the band tour in 2013 and this represents the sound of building upon their already formidable recordings. The album seems to pass swiftly which is aways a sign of quality.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2013
Inertia, the best word of I could think think of to sum up the current version of AIC, endeavours to preserve its present state, whether it be of rest or of moving uniformly forward in a straight line. With their fifth studio album Jerry and the band are seemingly endeavouring to preserve its present state of musical output, albeit a great output, but in doing so show no real progression to their sound. For some this means getting exactly what they want, more of the same; for others, they will lose interest. Herein lies the appeal and problem with "The Devil Put Dinosaurs here".

With "Black Gives way To Blue" it appeared that the band had recorded a great and in places a surprisingly diverse album after the long hiatus. Along with the recruitment of William Duvall the band had acquired a singer with real potential to add to the sound and legacy of Alice In Chains. However, where its predecessor took some worthwhile risks, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here simply focuses on the Alice In Chains' well-known musical formula of dual vocal harmonies and grinding riffs, much like their self titled 1995 album. That's not to say this isn't a good album, it is, and there are some fantastic tracks on here such as the mountainous riffage on Phantom Limb, the superb vocals of Duvall on Hung Like a Hook, the classic AIC formula laid out in its majesty on the title, the epic closing track Choke, and Pretty Done with its guitar parts which only AIC can pull off, all add to the quality of the LP. The rest of the album can pass you buy due to the familiarity with and of their sound. The one real missed opportunity here is the lack of Lead vocals from Duvall, this guy has some serious vocal chops, it's a real shame he's not pushed into the lead vocal more often. If you've had a chance to see this incarnation of AIC live you can appreciate what he would add if allowed to have his vocals pushed to the front of the sound.

For those looking for something new there's not much to be found, for those looking for more of the same then that's what you get and you'll love it. Alice in Chains with The Devil Put Dinsoaurs Here, much like Inertia, endeavouring to preserve its present state while moving uniformly forward in a straight line never veering from its path.
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