Alice In Chains lash back at religion
The title of Alice In Chains’ new album was inspired by those who believe that Satan buried dinosaur bones underground in order to deceive humanity.
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, their second record with frontman William DuVall, is released at the end of May – complete with a clever optical illusion on the cover that, when digitally edited, reveals what might be the silhouette of a devil between two dinosaur skulls.
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell tells Noisecreep of the title track: “We definitely didn’t write the song to stir up a fucking hornet’s nest. No one in the band claims to be an expert on religion – but the title of the song comes from something that a lot of people actually believe in.”
Drummer Sean Kinney adds: “They’re not wrong for believing that dinosaur stuff, but we aren’t wrong for asking them to explain it either. Are we supposed to believe that some little mythical dude with cloven hooves cruised around the planet hiding bones that were millions of years old to fool us for some fucking reason?”
“”I think there’s overwhelming evidence that things aren’t working right now. We need to start growing up as a people. When you’re teaching people that being gay is a mortal sin, yet a good portion of the people teaching this are fucking kids, there’s a huge problem,” the guitarist tells us.
“It’s insane when a religion tells you it’s okay to strap a bomb on yourself to blow someone else up because they believe in something different,” Cantrell reflects. “If a religion is teaching you that it’s okay to hurt somebody, exclude somebody, dominate somebody – I have a problem with it.
“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here just speaks to the lamer parts of how those things are taught, and the shitty things we do to each other because of our different beliefs.”
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