The video for Alice in Chains‘ “Phantom Limb,” a heavy, throbbing track off their 2013 album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, tells the story two men — one older, one younger — pitted against each other. After the younger man, who resembles Matt Dillon’s character in the 1992 movie Singles, forces his way into the residence of the older man, he begins brutally assaulting him. The seven-minute clip, directed by Roboshobo (“Voices,” “Hollow,” “Stone”), culminates with a supernatural twist that leaves neither person happy. The video is available as part of a BitTorrent bundle that also includes its video treatment, the shot list and access to the band’s merch.
In an interview last year with Rolling Stone about the album, vocalist-guitarist Jerry Cantrell praised the overall grit on The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. “There’s some real filth in there,” he said. “That’s intentional, and that’s also just how we sound together. We’re trying to make a record that we dig and we’re trying to keep the bar high for ourselves and see if we can get past it, and I think that we did again. And of course you want people to dig it too and to respond to it, and to have that start happening is satisfying.”
In August, the group concluded its tour in support of The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. As a tribute to the two members of the band who have passed on, drummer Sean Kinney put the initials of singer Layne Staley and bassist Mike Starr on his drum kit. That same month, the group shared a video of themselves performing “Check My Brain,” a song from 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue.