Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell Has Finished a New Solo Album

He shared an in-studio photo with Greg Puciato to break the news

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BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Mar 5, 2021

Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell has shared news of a new solo album, which would mark his first effort on his own since 2002.

On Instagram yesterday (March 4), Cantrell posted a shot of himself in-studio — responsibly masked — with ex-Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato and engineers Joe Barresi and Paul Fig.

"Finished my record tonight one year to the day from when we started recording it," Cantrell wrote in the caption. "What a crazy journey...always is. Look forward to setting it free upon your ear holes sometime soon."

Cantrell's forthcoming solo disc will mark a follow-up to 2002's Degradation Trip, which the Alice in Chains guitarist recorded alongside Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, the latter of whom was handling the low end for Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society at the time.

Speaking with Billboard in 2018, Cantrell shared that Degradation Trip is not an effort he revisits very often. "I was just really fucked up back then, to be honest with you, and you can totally hear it on that record," he recalled. "It was done right before I got sober, and it was also done right when I was dealing with the death of my band, and then the unhappy coincidence of [Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley] passing away right after I released that record."

He continued, "It's a record I don't listen to a lot anymore because of all those things I mentioned... But it's a record that's important to me, and I'll see Robert and Mike every once in a while and they're like, 'We should do some fucking shows, man. Some Degradation Trip shows.' [Laughs] I tell 'em we'll do it someday."

Alice in Chains last release Rainier Fog in 2018. More recently, Cantrell and his bandmates treated debut album Facelift to an anniversary box set.

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