While no release date has been set, it’s thought the second record featuring frontman William DuVall will be out next year.
The band hired DuVall in 2006 after the death of Lane Staley four years previously. They released Black Gives Way To Blue to great acclaim in 2009.
Cantrell recently explained they’d started work on new material last year – but the pressure to deliver made them feel like they were “having to deal with the sophomore jinx for the second time in our career.”
The guitarist was sidelined for some time after undergoing surgery to deal with a damaged shoulder.
Now he tells Guitar World: “In my opinion, Black Gives Way To Blue stood up to anything else we’ve put out – and this new one is right up there as well.”
Alice in Chains will appear at the Download Festival in June 2013, and also at Rock in Rio in Brazil in September.
-Classic Rock Magazine