After a solid comeback album in 2009 with ‘Black Gives Way to Blue,’ Alice in Chains are set to deliver fans a new studio disc in 2012.

Earlier in 2011, Ann Wilson of Heart told UltimateClassicRock.com, “I went over to visit them in the studio where they were working on some new stuff – they sound amazing! How can Jerry [Cantrell] not sound amazing, but I mean, it really does – they’re a monster.”

New frontman William DuVall will handle the lead vocals, as he did on 'Black Gives Way to Blue,' which marked his debut album as Alice in Chains' frontman. The upcoming disc will be the band's second without late singer Layne Staley, as 2012 will mark the 10-year anniversary of his tragic death.

‘Black Gives Way to Blue’ was Alice in Chains fourth studio album and their first since the band’s 1996 self-titled disc. The band will collaborate once again with producer, mixer and engineer Nick Raskulinecz.

Raskulinecz confirmed that he is working in the studio with Alice in Chains in an interview with UltimateGuitar.com. “I have also got Alice in Chains doing pre-production in Los Angeles for the rest of the year and we’ll be gearing up to make a new Alice in Chains record," he revealed.

We will be keeping track of AIC's progress on their new album over the next few months. With new releases expected from Alice and Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, 2012 is beginning to look a lot like 1992 for fans of the Seattle grunge scene.