Fireworks

CD Reviews

Alice In Chains - 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/7c/2f/ec/alice-in-chains-the-devil-put-dinosaurs-here-11-1372721445.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     July 01, 2013    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
3643   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Label

Label

If you're not a believer in grunge music then this album is unlikely to convert you to the cause.

The follow up to 2009's 'Black Gives Way To Blue' is the second since Layne Staley's untimely death in 2002. Instantly recognisable as Alice In Chains thanks to the continued input of the ever present Jerry Cantrell, it's also the second album to feature Staley's replacement William DuVall. To many Staley was Alice In Chains, it's lifeblood, it's identity, its focal point. And yet there's no denying that DuVall has more than ably filled the void, arguably surpassing the original lead singer with his control and clarity whilst still continuing the legacy started so successfully by his predecessor.

'Dirt' remains a classic, its identity and success owing much to Staley's honest interpretation of lyrics and songs written about addiction, rendered even more poignant now by his drug related death years later. The Seattle scene, which included Alice In Chains, Nirvana and Soundgarden began to take over the mainstream with Nirvana's 'Nevermind' drawing first blood in 1992. 'Nevermind' was to knock Michael Jackson off the Billboard number one position. Alice In Chains had already released their debut and yet things only picked up for them on the back of Nirvana as the whole grunge phenomena exploded. Clearly no grunge band new or old is going to enjoy a repeat of those successes and yet Alice In Chains still command a huge amount of respect and their longevity has to be admired.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


The overall feel to 'The Devil...' is that it's a slightly lighter brand of what's gone before. It was always likely to be lighter than early material such was the angst of youth and the introspective nature of the subject matter and yet it remains a shade lighter even than its predecessor. There's the deep low of 'Hollow' and the chugging 'Phantom Limb' keeping Cantrell gainfully employed but the emphasis has shifted onto atmosphere and haunting histrionics. 'Low Ceiling' declares that "Mr Fun is back" when clearly the depressive tone says not. Ironically this is one of the albums standouts with Cantrell's solo a high point. There's more than a hint of Black Sabbath to the haunting 'Lab Monkey' and the title track has a brooding sparse bleakness all of its own. The most noticeably commercial offering on offer is the relatively uplifting 'Scalpel' complete with layered vocals on a hook heavy chorus and a special mention is reserved for the excellent 'Breath On A Window', a great example of the 2013 Alice In Chains.

If you're not a believer in grunge music or Alice In Chains then this album is unlikely to convert you to the cause. However if you count yourself as one of those open minded people who enjoy great rock music or are an existing fan of one of rock music's pioneering greats, then this release will have you champing at the bit. Let's face it how many of today's modern rock bands plying their trade would be around if it wasn't for Alice in Chains. Makes you think doesn't it?

Mike Newdeck

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  September 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
   1  2  3  4  5  6
  7  8  910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930    

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 10 hours, 46 minutes ago
  • RobC68 : purchased issue 92 in download version. been waiting more than a day....PATHETIC SERVICE as it happens with every purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Berny : @rgilman: Please check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • rgilman : Hello I bought the Deep Purple issue how do I download it? Thanks
  • Berny : @jharper36: Please check your e - mail.
  • jharper36 : Hi, i purchased the download of issue #92. How do I download it?
  • Berny : @loudjlopez: Sorry for the troubles, pls. check your mail. Many thanks!
  • loudjlopez@m : Any word on my digital download of issue 91. Paid on Saturday. It is Tuesday. Thanks
  • loudjlopez@m : Paid for Fireworks #91 for digital download. No word since Saturday and it is Monday.
  • Berny : @fdr: Magazines were sent on Monday. Thanks for your purchase and best regards, B. :)
  • fdr : Hi, yesterday (august 12th) I sent you a payment for 21GBP for the purchase of issues 91 and 82 of Fireworks magazine. (code 7D3182072X778721A) but still haven't received a word od confirmation. Can you please check?
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site