Alice in Chains

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Possibly one of the finest acts to ever have the title of Grunge given to them.

Yes, Grunge is a perfectly fine Genre, but we think Alice in Chains were so much more than that.


A Rock/Grunge band formed out of Seattle, Washington, in 1987, by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. The initial lineup was rounded out by drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr, who was replaced in 1993 by Mike Inez.

Although widely associated with Grunge music, the band's sound also takes in elements of Heavy Metal and Rock.

Alice In Chains is known for their highly distinctive vocal style, which often included the harmonised vocals of Staley and Cantrell.

Thry rose to international fame as part of the Grunge movement of the early '90s, along with other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden.

They were one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 20 million albums worldwide.

Although they have never officially disbanded, Alice in Chains were plagued by extended inactivity from 1996 onwards due to Staley's substance abuse, which resulted in his untimely passing in 2002. They reunited in 2005 for a live benefit show, performing with a number of guest vocalists. They toured in 2006, with William DuVall taking over as lead vocalist full-time.

The new line-up released the band's fourth studio album, Black Gives Way to Blue, in 2009. The album received gold certification by the RIAA. In 2013, the band released The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, its fifth studio album. The band has toured extensively and released several videos in support of these albums.

Albums List

1) Facelift (1990)

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2) Dirt (1992)

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3) Alice in Chains (1995)

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4) Black Gives Way to Blue (2009)

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5) The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013)

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6) Rainier Fog (2018)

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Members Name Check

  • William DuVall – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2006–present)
  • Jerry Cantrell – lead guitar, vocals (1987–2002, 2005–present)
  • Mike Inez – bass, backing vocals (1993–2002, 2005–present)
  • Sean Kinney – drums, percussion (1987–2002, 2005–present)
  • Layne Staley – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1987–2002; passed away 2002)
  • Mike Starr – bass, backing vocals (1987–1993; passed away 2011)

External Links

Alice in Chains gig review in The Independent Voice