ALICE IN CHAINS

(UNITED STATES)

RAINIER FOG

(2018)
LABEL:

BMG

GENRE:

GRUNGE

TAGS:
Dissonant, Easy-Listening
"Without revolutionizing its approach to music, Alice In Chains signs with "Rainier Fog" an excellent grunge album while remaining true to its roots."
DARIALYS (07.09.2018)  
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Among the grunge bands that emerged in the 1990s, few of them have managed to survive their time. But 30 years later, Alice In Chains, one of the pioneers of the movement and a giant on the American scene, is still there. However, many obstacles blocked their path, the most difficult ordeal to overcome being the death of their singer, Layne Staley, whose charisma was unanimous and whose voice was so particular. For some, it was at the death of the unfortunate man that the band died in 2002.

Since then, William DuVall replaced the iconic leader in 2005. Many years later, with the release of their sixth album, the musicians opted for a strategy of returning to their roots. As a symbol, the name of the album, "Rainier Fog", echoes the Mont Rainier in Seattle, the band's home town where the musicians chose to return to the studio to record, something that had not happened since 1995, the year Alice In Chains released its third eponymous album. Musically speaking, we also follow in the footsteps of previous albums. The atmospheres are dark and heavy, the vocals for two voices, sometimes melodious ('All I Am'), sometimes dissonant ('So Far Under'), is systematic, the riffs are immediate and heady. An unchanged recipe therefore, for a devilishly guaranteed result.

From the very first seconds, we find ourselves caught up in the riff of the first single, 'The One You Know', reminiscent of Gojira's 'Stranded', creating a bold and heavy atmosphere. The chorus is punchy, catchy, the interest is immediate. The album is full of tracks with the potential for hits. This is the case of the very good "Red Giant" and "Never Fade" in particular which use all the codes usually released by the band with the same success as usual.

Despite these obscure sounds, a few tracks manage to emerge from the fog in which the album is plunged. This is the case of "Fly" led by its major chords and a clearer guitar sound and the excellent "Maybe" also carried by remarkable vocal harmonies and a masterful chorus.

As was the case on the last two albums, the musicians have taken the habit of placing the quietest track on the last track as evidenced by 'Black Gives Way To Blue' on the opus of the same name or 'Choke' on'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here', which appear in the list of the best songs on each album. On "Rainier Fog", we do not escape the rule with the angelic ballad "All I Am" which concludes this sixth effort in an unusual register. The track is truly beautiful, atmospheric, and ends the album perfectly. 

If it took five long years before we could enjoy new American music, the wait was once again worth it. Without revolutionizing its approach to music, Alice In Chains signs with "Rainier Fog" an excellent grunge album while remaining true to its  roots.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. The One You Know
02. Rainier Fog
03. Red Giant
04. Fly
05. Drone
06. Deaf Ears Blind Eyes
07. Maybe
08. So Far Under
09. Never Fade
10. All I Am

LINEUP:
Jerry Cantrell : Chant / Guitares
Mike Inez: Basse / Back Vocals
Sean Kinney : Batterie
William DuVall : Chant / Guitares
   
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