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Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains

Though their earliest origins lay in ‘80s-style glam metal, Seattle’s Alice in Chains became one of the signature bands — along with Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Nirvana — associated with the 1990s’ Grunge movement. Signed to Columbia Records in 1989, AiC vocalist Layne Staley, guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Starr and drummer Sean Kinney developed a distinctive style blending melancholy vocal harmonies, downcast lyrics, and contrasting hard and soft elements — elements that reflected their inspired creative duality across two albums featuring mostly electric alternative metal (1990’s ‘Facelift’ and ’92’s ‘Dirt’) and two EPs of introspective acoustic music (’92’s ‘Sap’ and ’94’s ‘Jar of Flies’). By the second half of the ‘90s, drug abuse had torn the band apart: first leading to the replacement of Starr with new bassist Mike Inez (in 1993) and, later, Staley’s slow descent into heroin addiction (both musicians are now deceased), and a long hiatus from touring and recording. Finally, Cantrell, Kinney and Inez resurrected Alice in Chains with new singer/guitarist William DuVall in 2005, and have since toured consistently and released a pair of well-received LPs.

 
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Alex Kluft Photography

Alice in Chains Plan Return to Seattle Studio to Record New Album Over Summer 2017

Alice in Chains will record their next studio album in Seattle this summer, according to guitarist Jerry Cantrell.

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Alex Kluft Photography
Alex Kluft Photography

Jerry Cantrell Recalls Layne Staley ‘Egging’ Him on to Sing Lead Vocals in Alice in Chains

Together, Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell conjured some of rock's most beautiful and unnerving harmonies in Alice in Chains.

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YouTube

Watch Trivium’s Matt Heafy Cover Alice in Chains’ ‘Down in a Hole’ + Sublime’s ‘Santeria’

Trivium's Matt Heafy continues to roll out the covers, taking on Alice in Chains' 'Down in a Hole' and Sublime's 'Santeria.'

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Loudwire

Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher + Troy Sanders Reflect on ‘Amazing Singer’ Layne Staley

Mastodon's Bill Kelliher and Troy Sanders reflect on the death of Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley and speak about his tremendous talent.

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YouTube

Halestorm’s Arejay Hale: Layne Staley Was a ‘Freak of Nature’ and an ‘Amazing Talent’

In a new interview, Halestorm's Arejay Hale reflects on the late Layne Staley and says that even though he's a drummer, Staley was a huge influence on him.

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Loudwire

Mike Portnoy: ‘Layne Staley’s Vocals Were So Unique and Original’

Mike Portnoy reflects on the impact of Alice in Chains and late vocalist Layne Staley on the anniversary of Staley's death.

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Annamaria DiSanto, Getty Images
Annamaria DiSanto, Getty Images

15 Things You May Not Know About Layne Staley

In honor of Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley, here's 15 things you may not know about the late singer.

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23 Years Ago + 15 Years Ago: Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain + Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley Die on April 5

On April 5, 1994, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain died, while Alice in Chains' Layne Staley would pass on April 5, 2002.

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Alex Kluft Photography

Members of Alice in Chains, Heart, Guns N’ Roses + More Lead ‘Rock Against MS’ Event in L.A. [Photos]

Members of Alice in Chains, Guns N' Roses, the Winery Dogs and the night's special honoree Nancy Wilson all led the Rock Against MS concert in L.A.

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Valerie Macon, Getty Images / Jason Merritt, Getty Images / YouTube: The Winery Dogs
Valerie Macon, Getty Images / Jason Merritt, Getty Images / YouTube: The Winery Dogs

Guns N’ Roses Alums, Members of Alice in Chains, Winery Dogs + More to Take Part in 5th Annual Rock Against MS Concert

The 5th Annual Rock Against MS benefit has lined up yet another star-studded cast of rock and metal artists to raise awareness and funds for the disease.

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