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Jerry Cantrell Unchained

Marc Weingarten, Guitar World, June 1998

JERRY CANTRELL is sitting in the breakfast room of New York City's Rhiga Royal Hotel, inspecting the cover art for the vinyl version of his album, Boggy Depot, and he clearly likes what he sees. The mock-up is striking – a neo-Gothic tableau depicts a naked Cantrell waist-deep in, well, a boggy depot, and rubbing mud all over his body while a raggy tree hovers menacingly overhead. Cantrell's coolly diffident façade fades away, and his eyes and voice become filled with the giddy enthusiasm of a heavy metal stoner kid who used to spend hours examining Black Sabbath album covers for cryptic messages.

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