By Lane Oliver
When Alice in Chains announced they were working on new material back around 2008 with new vocalist William DuVall, a lot of people were skeptical including me. I pondered how will Alice in Chains sound after over a decade between albums and with someone other than the late great Layne Staley on vocals. 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue shattered all denial for me and confirmed that after all of these years the band still had it. I can’t necessarily compare DuVall era Alice to Staley era Alice since they are both their own respective entities. Black Gives Way to Blue showed us a band that did not want to reunite just revel in their former glory; it showed us a hard working band who is interested in moving forward. Four years later Alice in Chains give us The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here; the fifth full length album from the band. This highly anticipated record had a lot riding on it since it being the follow up to a pretty solid comeback album. So is The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here a big step forward or two steps back?