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Jerry Cantrell Announces New Album 'Brighten', Posts First Single Atone

Friday, 30 July 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Jonathan Weiner

Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell has shared a new single.

The atmospheric, western-tinged track Atone is the first cut to be lifted from his third solo album, 'Brighten', which will arrive on October 29. The song comes teamed with a cinematic video shot in Joshua Tree National Park, the Salton Sea, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Cantrell said:

"As a fan of Ennio Morricone scores and Sergio Leone movies, it’s got a bit of that outlaw vibe, with a cool psycho hillbilly stomp. It’s been kicking around in my head for like 20-plus years, haunting me. Sometimes it takes a while for a good idea to find its best form. Such was the case with Atone."

Guided by Cantrell's instantly recognisable guitar tone and signature vocals, the LP was co-produced with composer Tyler Bates and engineer Paul Fig, and boasts a star-studded cast of musicians including Guns N' Roses' bassist Duff McKagan, former Dillinger Escape Plan singer Greg Puciato, former Marilyn Manson drummer Gil Sharone, and Paul McCartney drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr, among others.

Cantrell added: "It was like an old school '70s record where a multitude of musicians played. So it’s not a set band. I got to make music with a bunch of people I never had before, along with friends like Duff, Tyler and Gil who I've worked with previously."

Talking about his solo work, he explained: "I've been in the band for almost 34 years now. It's always my first and foremost commitment, but it’s nice to explore different things and add another chapter to a growing body of work. After the last AIC tour wrapped, I geared my mind towards the possibility of making another record of my own."

'Brighten' tracklist:

1. Atone
2. Brighten
3. Prism of Doubt
4. Black Hearts and Evil Done
5. Siren Song
6. Had To Know
7. Nobody Breaks You
8. Dismembered
9. Goodbye



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