Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Single Review | Alice in Chains | 'The One You Know' (2018)

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Five years after the release of their last LP, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, alt-metal legends Alice in Chains are back with a vengeance. ‘The One You Know’ precedes the eventual release of their untitled sixth LP due later this year, fully encapsulating their signature sound that they certainly haven’t lost past few years.

A menacing single chord structure punctuates the sonically dynamic opening, followed by a quiet-loud-quiet structure that has served them extremely well over their career. It’s a structure that of course, they do not – and have not – followed to a T; layering harmonies between Jerry Cantrell and William DuVall over hard verses and melodic choruses and merging dissonant riffs together to create a melancholic landscape of alternative and almost sludge metal.  

There is an obvious essence of the 90s in ‘The One You Know’, which comes part and parcel to one of the eras most successful alternative rock bands. Alice in Chains have never strayed away from their success and have always stuck to the formula which makes them tick whilst allowing some leeway into experimentation. ‘The One You Know’ is proof of this – they follow the same conventions brought about in recent releases by relishing in a guttural glow, but in their latest incarnation they seem to be focusing more on juxtaposition and melody than they did on The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here and 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue.

Alice In Chains always stay close to their roots, and so do their fans. I honestly cannot wait to see what they have up their sleeves for this yet to be named sixth record; Alice in Chains are a band that never disappoint.

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