Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains

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Alternative Rock / Modern Rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987.
Years active: 1987–2002, 2005–present

The Seattle grunge movement of the late eighties spawned many a band, and Alice In Chains was one of the most well-known, as well as one of the more traditionally metallic (more so than they are given credit for). Their crooning harmony vocal style has been imitated by many bands over the last decade, certainly enough to qualify them as an influential band. Well-publicized drug problems (mostly centering around Layne Staley) surfaced as early as the Dirt era, making it rather plain that the band was probably not going to survive long term. They have been dormant for several years, during which time guitarist Jerry Cantrell has embarked on a successful solo career.

Vocalist Layne Staley was found dead in his apartment on April 19th, 2002.

Current lineup:
William DuVall - vocals
Jerry Cantrell - guitars, vocals
Sean Kinney - drums, percussion
Mike Inez - bass, guitar
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Alice In Chains Discography

Albums

Alice In Chains Facelift (Album) Columbia, Columbia 1990 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Dirt (Album) Columbia, Columbia Canada 1992 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Jar Of Flies / SAP (MiniAlbum, Comp, EP) Columbia US 1994 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Alice In Chains (Album) Columbia, Columbia Mexico 1995 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains MTV Unplugged (Album) Columbia, Columbia US 1996 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Live (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia US 2000 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Black Gives Way To Blue (Album) Virgin South Africa 2009 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Album) Capitol Records Canada 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Alice In Chains We Die Young (Single, EP) Columbia US 1990 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Man In The Box (Single) Columbia US 1990 Sell This Version
CS7-04013 Alice In Chains Bleed The Freak / Put You Down(7", Promo) Not On Label CS7-04013 US 1991 Sell This Version
CSK 4072 Alice In Chains Sea Of Sorrow(CD, Single, Promo) Columbia CSK 4072 US 1991 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Sap (EP) Columbia US 1992 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Rooster (Single) Columbia US 1992 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Would? (EP, Single, Maxi) Columbia Australia 1992 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Angry Chair (Single, EP) Columbia Australia 1992 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Them Bones (Single, Maxi) Columbia, Columbia UK 1992 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Down In A Hole (Single) Columbia US 1993 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains What The Hell Have I (Single) Columbia Costa Rica 1993 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains No Excuses (Single) Columbia US 1994 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains I Stay Away (Single) Columbia UK 1994 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Jar Of Flies (EP) Columbia, Columbia Malaysia 1993 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Grind (Single, Maxi) Columbia Australia 1995 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Over Now (Single) Columbia Australia 1996 Sell This Version
Alice In Chains Again (Single, Maxi) Sony Records Japan 1996 Sell This Version

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damonthegreat0631

damonthegreat0631

September 18, 2016
edited 7 days ago
I know a lot of people do not like the new alice in chains after Layne passed away, I don't like the new one as much either. You have to admit though, that they still kept their style and didn't sell out or change their style. Alice In Chains was Jerry's band. Layne brought in the name, but Jerry was the one that wrote and produced the music, and gave Alice In Chains the style they are known for. If Jerry died instead of Layne, that would have affected the band much more, and you probably don't want that to happen either.

Their new albums may not have the voice and deep meaning (about drugs) as they they used to, but they are still Alice In Chains.
music_emporium

music_emporium

September 30, 2013
Layne Staley met Jerry Cantrell in 1987 at the Music Bank Warehouse. Cantrell would soon contribute to the band by adding members. He knew a bassist called Mike Starr and a drummer called Sean Kinney. This, of course, made the lineup complete.

Soon the band would be touring Seattle and the success of this tour led to Columbia Records' signing of the band. This culminated in the release of the We Die Young, which was a precursor to their debut Facelift.

Following their debut, the EP Sap was made, followed by their most acclaimed album, Dirt, which became part of the Singles soundtrack through the hit "Would?". This song was not the only one that AIC did for a film. "What the Hell Have I?" and "A Little Bitter" appeared on the Last Action Hero soundtrack and "Got Me Wrong" was included in the Clerks soundtrack.

Then came another EP, Jar of Flies, which became the first ever EP to chart at number 1 on the Billboard 200. The EPs that AIC have made are widely known for sounding completely different from their full-length albums.

Next would be their self titled album, Alice in Chains. Sadly, this would be their last studio album, due to drug problems within the band. The only real material fans got came from the MTV Unplugged perfomance (MTV Unplugged). In 1996, this was their first gig in three years, which highlights the problems within the band.

"Get Born Again" would be their last single. Layne Staley's voice would be recorded for Alice in Chains in 1999. This is, of course, because of the sad and premature death of Layne in April 2002, which would ultimately spell the end for the band. The sad truth, though, is that, due to personal problems, Alice in Chains had stopped functioning as a band many years before.

In 2006 Alice in Chains reunited with William DuVall as their new vocalist.

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