Jerry Cantrell / Degradation Trip


To my ears, Degradation Trip - commenced in ’99 but not released until ’02 - would have made a classic Alice in Chains collection. Nonetheless, Jerry Cantrell’s sophomore song-cycle emerges as an intriguing meld of grunge, metal, and alt-rock signature of the era. A trio affair with guitar overdubs aplenty, drummer Mike Bordin and bassist Robert Trujillo compliment Cantrell’s sonic din with equally heavy pocket grooves. Trujillo works his magic in the lower register, plying motifs no higher than the 7th fret - to further emphasize his band leader’s anguished libretto.