Alice in Chains Announce New Album, 'Rainier Fog,' Share New Song

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Alice in Chains have at last announced the details of their long-awaited, highly anticipated new album. Rainier Fog will be released August 24 via BMG. You can check out its second single, "So Far Under," below.

"So Far Under" follows the album's first single, the well-received "The One You Know," which was released last month.

“It’s about feeling completely up against it—outnumbered, surrounded, facing seemingly unbeatable odds and being really pissed off about it," William DuVall—Alice in Chains' lead vocalist and guitarist—said of "So Far Under" in a press release. "It was inspired by personal circumstances, as well as events in the wider world. But it’s not as resigned to defeat as it may seem. The lyric is a cold, hard assessment of a difficult situation but the music has a message all its own. There’s still room to flip the script."

"Every aspect of writing and recording this song will always be remembered with a lot of joy—from recording the basic tracks and the guitar solo at Studio X in Seattle to doing further overdubs at Nick Raskulinecz’s studio in rural Tennessee," Duvall continued. "Everyone in the band and our studio team really stepped up and knocked it out of the park on this one. We’re extremely proud of this song and the entire album.”

Rainier Fog was produced by Nick Raskulinecz—who also produced the band's last two efforts, 2013’s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here and 2009’s Black Gives Way To Blue. It was mainly recorded at Studio X, the same facility where they tracked 1995’s Alice In Chains.

“It’s a record we haven’t done yet, I can tell you that,” Jerry Cantrell told Guitar World about Rainier Fog in an interview back in April. “But it’s also a record that has all the elements of anything you would expect from us. It’s got our fingerprint. And we’re really proud of the material that we wrote and the performances we captured. There’s some really heavy shit, some really ugly stuff, some real beautiful stuff, some weirdo trippy shit… it’s good!”

You can preorder Rainier Fog right here, and check out Alice in Chains' full itinerary below.

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Alice in Chains 2018 Tour Dates:

  • June 28 – Padua, Italy – Sherwood
  • June 30 – Bezirk-Landstrasse, Austria – Arena Open Air Wien
  • July 1 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Park
  • July 3 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s Neue Welt
  • July 4 – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
  • July 8 – Belford, France – Les Eurockeennes 30
  • July 10 – Milan, Italy – Ippodromo Snai San Siro
  • July 13 – Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival
  • July 14 – Lisboa, Portugal – NOS Alive
  • July 17 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Caesarea
  • July 18 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Caesarea

Aug 22 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Aug 28 – Paso Robles, CA – Vino Robles Amp
Aug 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
Aug 31 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
Sept 1 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl
Sept 3 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Music Hall
Sept 4 – El Paso, TX – Abraham Chavez Theatre
Sept 6 – Austin, TX – ACL Live
Sept 7 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
Sept 8 – Dallas, TX – Pavilion @ Toyota Music Factory
Sept 10 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theatre
Sept 11 – Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre
Sept 13 – Denver, CO – Fillmore
Sept 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

Oct. 14 - Sacramento, Calif. @ Aftershock Festival
Oct. 16 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot
Oct. 18 - Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Pikes Peak Center
Oct. 20 - Newkirk, Okla. @ First Council Casino
Oct. 21 - Durant, Okla. @ Choctaw Grand Theater
Oct. 23 - New Orleans, La. @ Saenger Theatre
Oct. 24 - Birmingham, Ala. @ The BJCC
Oct. 26 - St. Augustine, Fla. @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Oct. 27 - Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live
Oct. 28 - Hollywood, Fla. @ Hard Rock Events Center

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.