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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.

 
Layne Staley (Alice in Chains / Mad Season)
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Alice in Chains Pay Tribute to Layne Staley on His 50th Birthday: ‘There Was Nobody Better’

Alice in Chains have released a video paying tribute to late vocalist Layne Staley, who would have turned 50 years old today (Aug. 22).

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Columbia Records
Columbia Records

27 Years Ago: Alice in Chains Unleash Their Debut Album ‘Facelift’

On Aug. 21, 1990, Alice in Chains unleashed their solid debut album 'Facelift.'

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Layne
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Layne Staley’s Mother Recalls Sitting Next to His Deceased Body, Speaks on Current Opioid Crisis

Read her thoughts on the late singer's death and what America needs to do to make sure tragedies like Staley's death are reduced.

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Photo by Johnny Buzzerio
Photo by Johnny Buzzerio

Alice in Chains & Friends Reveal Fantasy Football League + Benefit Auction Details

Alice in Chains and some of their celebrity friends will take part in a fantasy football league and back an auction to raise funds for a pair of good causes.

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Buda Mendes / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Alice in Chains Tap Nick Raskulinecz to Produce New Album

Alice in Chains are starting to lay out the plans for their next studio album.

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Janette Pellegrini / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Reflects on Chris Cornell’s Death: ‘It’s Always Going to Hurt’

Like many others, Jerry Cantrell held the belief Chris Cornell was 'the last guy in the world I thought that would happen to.'

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Alex Kluft Photography
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
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
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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