The first couple of weeks are now in the books, so here's a brief update.
Let's start off by answering a few lingering questions out there. For those of you who don't already know, the producer of the album is Nick Raskulinecz. Nick has produced the Foo Fighters, Trivium, & Rush just to name a few, and has also engineered a ton of records for other artists as well. There's a great engineer and studio team in place, so the band is in capable hands, everyone is in really good spirits, and the songs sound amazing.
However, recording an album can be a bit like painting your lawn and sitting back to watch the paint dry as the grass grows, so I'll spare you all the details of what's been going on.
In the control room of the studio there's a giant poster with a list of song titles with boxes next to them that get marked off as the work gets done. There are boxes for drums, bass, guitars, vocals, guitar solos, etc. This poster has 20 songs on it, and at this point we're about 2/3rds of the way done with drum tracking. Obviously not all 20 songs are going to be on the album, but they'll tackle that issue down the line.
I'm still not allowed to reveal much about the songs, but I can say this; there is some stuff here that in my opinion can and will stand alongside anything the band has done up to this point. There is some really strong material here, I just hope all those radio station program managers that fill the airwaves with some of the crap I've heard over the last few years will know what to do with a good rock song when it comes their way.
I also hope that the economy is in better shape when this album comes out next year so you don't have to sell your own bone marrow on ebay in order to afford it. Then again, after hearing these songs I'd say a little bone marrow for a new Alice In Chains record is actually a pretty good bargain.