Was very impressed with Alice In Chains comeback album Black Gives Way to Blue. With its razor sharp and massive production it made a strong impression in 2009. The band is now back with the sequel The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which is following the same track with some heavy Black Sabbath-like metal.
Does not think that this album is as strong as its predecessor when it's something more lightweight. Of course, it’s not a commercial and soft album, but find that Black Gives Way to Blue was a step sharper when it comes to sound and production.
When it comes to songs Alice In Chains once again is of very high class. First half with tracks like "Hollow" and "Stone" is nothing short of world class and the band can hardly get better than that. However, it drops it in the second half with a number of tracks that doesn’t make any bigger impression unfortunately.
Something that is also clear is that William DuVall does not have the same power in the voice that Layne Staley had. William sings well and is the right choice clearly, but he lacks the rawness that Lance had and that took the band to an extraordinary level.
However The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is overall a good and stable record, but will not count it as one of their best.