Alice In Chains were stunned by the success of Hollow, the first track taken from upcoming album God Put Dinosaurs Here.
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell admits they only released the song to satisfy fans – and couldn’t believe it when it became a hit single.
Hollow will appear on the band’s second record with frontman William DuVall, who replaced the late Layne Staley in 2005 and first appeared on Black Gives Way To Blue four years later.
Cantrell tells Rolling Stone: “The response to Hollow has been fucking incredible. Totally not what we intended, and that’s fucking awesome.
“We just put that song out there for the fans and it ended up turning into a number-one single – a six-minute, sludgy metal tune. That’s always fun, to see something like that happen.”
And followers can expect much more sludge when the album appears in May. “We made a unique record that’s completely different from anything we ever did,” Cantrell reports. “You see that the band is moving ahead in new territory – but we haven’t lost our identity.
“There’s some real filth in there. That’s intentional. We’re trying to make a record that we dig, and we’re trying to keep the bar high for ourselves and see if we can get past it. I think we did again.
“Of course you want people to dig it too and respond to it; to have that start happening is satisfying.”