Rainier Fog is the upcoming sixth studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains, set to be released on August 24, 2018 through BMG, the band's first release on the label. The title was inspired by Mount Rainier in Seattle, and the title track is a tribute to the Seattle music scene.
This is the band's third album with William DuVall as lead vocalist sharing vocals duties with Jerry Cantrell, and the first Alice in Chains album in 22 years to be recorded in their hometown of Seattle. The album was partially recorded at Seattle's Studio X (formerly Bad Animals Studios), the same studio where the band recorded their 1995 self-titled album.
Rainier Fog is also Alice in Chains' third collaboration with Nick Raskulinecz, making it the first time they had recorded more than two full-length studio albums with the same producer.
Speaking of the first single, "The One You Know", Jerry Cantrell said that he was inspired by David Bowie's 1975 hit "Fame". Cantrell said in an interview with Rolling Stone that he wrote the song around the time that Bowie died, and he must have been in his head a little bit.
The title track, "Rainier Fog" is a tribute to the Seattle scene that launched bands such as Alice in Chains themselves, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees and Nirvana. Cantrell took the title from the Mount Rainier, which overlooks the Seattle area.