NEW ALICE IN CHAINS AND T & N VIDEOS MAKE IT A GREAT DAY FOR NEW MUSIC

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“Hollow”, the new video from ALICE IN CHAINS, can be seen below. Shot by award-winning director Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober;METALLICAMASTODON), the hypnotically mind-trippy clip captures aman closed off and losing himself in an empty repetition of daily tasks until his last thread with reality is completely severed. Also available is a lyric video for the song, which was created by fans and comprised of images submitted through Instagram.

ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently confirmed to Guitar World that the band has finished recording its fifth studio album and second without original vocalist Layne Staley. The new disc was once again produced by Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERSDEFTONES) and is scheduled for release in the spring.

“I don’t think you’ll be surprised by anything you hear,” Cantrell toldRevolver about the new CD’s musical direction. “It’s us. But it’s also really unique. It’s got all the elements of any record we’ve put out, but it’s unlike any record we’ve put out. Basically, it’s the next chapter in the ALICE IN CHAINS book, and it’s going to be a big one.”

The new disc will follow up 2009’s “Black Gives Way To Blue”, which ended a 14-year gap between studio efforts for the group and featured singer/guitarist William DuVall.

“In my opinion, that record stood up to anything else we’ve put out in our career. Hopefully, the new album will connect with people in the same way,” Cantrell told Guitar World.

DuVall told The Pulse Of Radio while the band was touring behind that album that he was seeing a new generation of ALICE fans at the shows. “There’s a lot of young people showing up, so that this thing has become a generational band now,” he said. “So you’ve got people, 15, 16, 17 years old, that are coming of their own volition. I mean, they’re not being brought there by their parents or anything. They’re coming on their own. They’re bringing their friends. So that’s one thing that’s a real sign that perhaps you’re onto something.”

ALICE IN CHAINS began working on new material in 2011, but the sessions for the album were delayed when Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery.

“Hollow” official video:

T & N Slave to the Empire

“Slave To The Empire”, the new video from T&N (formerly TOOTH AND NAIL), the new project featuring current and former members of DOKKEN, can be seen below. The song is the title track of the band’s debut album, which contains seven new original songs and five re-recorded classic DOKKEN songs that feature sensational vocal performances by Tim “Ripper” Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEENJUDAS PRIESTICED EARTHDIO DISCIPLES), Doug Pinnick (KING’S X), Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW) and Robert Mason (WARRANTLYNCH MOB). The drum tracks on the new, original compositions were laid down by Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE,FOREIGNER).

“Slave To The Empire” track listing:

01. Slave To The Empire
02. Sweet Unknown
03. Tooth And Nail (feat. Doug Pinnick)
04. It’s Not Love (feat. Robert Mason)
05. Rhythm Of The Soul
06. When Eagles Die
07. Into The Fire (Jeff Pilson)
08. Alone Again (feat. Sebastian Bach)
09. Mind Control
10. Kiss Of Death (feat. Tim “Ripper” Owens)
11. Jesus Train
12. Access Denied

Last year, T&N was forced to shorten its name from TOOTH AND NAIL for legal reasons. The band stated, “We cannot keep [the name] as TOOTH AND NAIL as there is a label that has it trademarked. [Fans] can still call usTO$%H AND NA$L… We can’t.”

Regarding how T&N came together, Pilson said in an August 2011 interview, “The DOKKEN [original lineup] reunion has been scrapped, and I take a lot of the initial responsibility for that because of my schedule and commitment to FOREIGNER. . . Then George asked me about working with him on the next LYNCH MOB record — and I jumped at the chance. He and I started writing, got into a groove and wrote an album’s worth of stuff, all with the intention of Oni [LoganLYNCH MOB singer] writing lyrics and it being their next record. Brian Tichy laid down some incredible drums at his studio (and co-wrote some music on one track) and we had an incredibly strong start. Then Oni just wasn’t feeling the music as being LYNCH MOB, so it was shelved. We figured it’d be the start of another LYNCH/PILSON record some day. Then, actually, it was Brian who had the idea that MickGeorge and I should do a band, similar to what HEAVEN & HELL was to BLACK SABBATH, and call it TOOTH AND NAIL. Because of everything else we have going, it’ll be just a recording project at first, but sure sounds fun. We’d record the classics keeping true to the originals but make them fresh and organic. Then the idea of doing new songs came up, and it grew from there.”

He added, “I have absolute belief that the music George and I make together (along with Brian Tichy in this case) is real and inspired, and that’s what it’s really all about. So out of a mess of a reunion attempt, I think we’ll end up with a really fabulous record, and what could be better than that?”

When asked if T&N is basically DOKKEN without DonPilson said, “Don is, and will always be, the singer of  DOKKEN and an invaluable part of the DOKKEN chemistry. No one ever wants to take that away or dispute it one iota. But the three of us do have time tested amazing chemistry, and because we were writers on these songs, I feel we have a lot to express. If anything I think this will be a show of respect for Don, not some kind of competition. I only hope people enjoy it in the spirit for which it’s intended . . . Don’t think of this as DOKKEN without Don… that’s misleading. Think of it as a band with great chemistry coming up with new music that excites them, and also paying tribute to DOKKEN — music which the members all are heavily invested in emotionally.”

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