The Seattle grunge movement of the late eighties spawned many a band, and Alice In Chains were one of the most well-known, as well as one of the more traditionally metal (more so than they are given credit for). Their crooning harmonic vocal style has been imitated by many bands over the last following decades, certainly enough to qualify them as an influential band. A well-publicized drug problems (mostly centering around Layne Staley) surfaced as early as the "Dirt" era, making it rather obvious that the band was probably not going to survive in the long term.
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell embarked on a successful solo career.
Vocalist Layne Staley was found dead in his apartment on April 19th, 2002. Willian DuVall replaced Staley on vocals when the the remainder of the band reunited in 2009.
William DuVall - vocals.
Jerry Cantrell - guitars, vocals.
Sean Kinney - drums, percussion.
Mike Inez - bass, guitar.