Mastodon, Cave In, and Russian Circles cover Alice In Chains classic

Metal icons melted faces... while practicing social distancing

Members of Mastodon, Russian Circles, Cave In and others combined heavy metal forces to create an awesome cover of the 1992 Alice In Chains classic “Rain When I Die,” during a mammoth live stream.

Mastodon's Brann Dailor, Russian Circles' Mike Sullivan, Cave In/Mutoid Man's Stephen Brodsky and Painted Wives' Justin Suitor joined the YouTube metal talk show series Two Minutes To Late Night and delivered a killer socially distant rendition of the track.

The performance should spur fans’ desire for new music from Alice In Chains. They may be in luck…

Band vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell posted a photo to Instagram back in March depicting an empty recording studio, ready to be thrashed.

We can only assume Cantrell is recording new solo songs. Speaking to reporters at the NAAM music-equipment trade show earlier this year, he plans on "doing something on my own this year."

Jerry hasn't released a full solo album since 2002's Degradation Trip. He's since done a couple of one-off singles, including "A Job to Do" for the John Wick: Chapter 2 soundtrack.

Alice in Chains' most recent album is 2018's Rainier Fog.

Cantrell has also been dealing with pest problems since the pandemic started. He saw a rattlesnake hanging on his property back in May, and figured Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, a well-known snake enthusiast and overall animal conservationist, might be able to help.

As Cantrell explains, Slash contacted a friend of his from the Los Angeles Zoo named Ian, who promptly arrived at the grunge rocker's house and safely retrieved the rattlesnake from his residence and returned it to the wild.

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