Rarely has a band been able to replace their deceased frontman, who has thus been put in a heroic position, as grandiosely as Alice In Chains was able to. William DuVall has been in charge of the foursome with original guitarist Jerry Cantrell and the rhythm crew with drummer Sean Kinnery and bass player Mike Inez since 2006. And without belittling the charismatic ex-singer Layne Stanley, AIC also works perfectly without him. On their fifth studio album, the second with DuVall, it still rumbles partly like on the first album "Facelift" (1990). But the often two-part singing of DuVall and Cantrell always provides reassuring moments. And fortunately "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" has arrived in the new millennium with both feet on the ground, despite typical Alice-In-Chains trademarks like the gloomy, dragging hypnotic sound. The single "Hollow", which also opens the rounds of the twelve songs, is a great success. The transparent and crystal-clear production of Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Stone Sour, Deftones, Foo Fighters) also provides the slightly modern touch.
Top track: Hollow