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Alice In Chains Take Aim At Religion With ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’

"The most hateful and hurtful things are done in the name of some sort of belief system." - Jerry Cantrell
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Currently enjoying the No. 1 at rock radio for nearly six weeks with “Hollow,” Alice In Chains have released the cover art for their controversial fifth album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.

The title refers to the common belief among many religions that Satan placed dinosaur bones upon the earth to deceive man. Other religions preach that God placed them in order to test man’s faith. Scientists estimate dinosaurs began roaming the earth 225 million ago, which contradicts many religions that site the preach the planet’s age at only 10,000 years.

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In an interview with Revolver Magazine, AIC frontman Jerry Cantrell related the album’s subject matter to his outrage toward organized religion.

“What I’ve seen is the most basic message to most faith systems is in contradiction with how it gets applied,” he said. “The human element seems to f*** it up. It seems to f*** up the basic truths of acceptance, loving your brother, helping each other out, not trying to kill each other or steal each other’s s***. Those are all pretty good ideas. And most of your major religions have those things as basic tenets of the belief system. It always amazes me that some of the most hateful and hurtful things are done in the name of some sort of belief system.”

“We had to think a bit and discuss what the potential fallout might be,” added frontman William DuVall about the potentially controversial subject matter. “There is a fine line between provoking and gratuitous offending. And there’s also a fine line between provoking and preaching.”

“What’s the old joke?” asked Cantrell. “There are two things you never want to get into conversational arguments about: politics and religion.”

“Isn’t rock supposed to shake things up?” interjected Sean Kinney, the band’s drummer. “When did rock get so politically f****** correct? I missed that memo.”

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is scheduled to hit stores May 14, supported by a tour sprinkled with festival appearances.

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here Tracklist

  1. Voices
  2. Low Ceiling
  3. Stone
  4. The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
  5. Hollow
  6. Lab Monkey
  7. Hung On A Hook
  8. Pretty Done
  9. Breath On A Window
  10. Choke
  11. Phantom Limb

Alice In Chains 2013 Tour
Apr 25 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore
Apr 26 – Tampa, FL – WXTB Rockfest
Apr 27 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville
Apr 30 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
May 1 – Augusta, GA – William B. Bell Auditorium
May 4 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion
May 5 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
May 7 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Event Center
May 8 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center
May 10 – Boone, IA – Central Iowa Expo
May 12 – St. Louis, MO – KPNT Pointfest
May 14 – Sioux Falls, SD – Lyons Fairgrounds
May 15 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
May 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
May 19 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range
May 21 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Embassy Theatre
May 22 – Evansville, IN – Aiken Theatre
May 24 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater
May 25 – Pryor, Oklahoma – Rocklahoma
Jun 15 – Donington Park, England – Download Festival
Sep 19 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Rock in Rio

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