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.

 

10 Best Alice in Chains Songs
It's not an easy task choosing the 10 best Alice in Chains songs, especially with their stellar history, but we're giving it a shot. Pearl Jam and Nirvana may have gotten a little more glory in the early '90s but it's hard to pick a band that was more influential on hard rock mus…
Alice in Chains Announce Spring 2014 U.S. Tour
Alice in Chains have announced dates for a U.S. tour that launches April 25 in Tulsa, Okla (dates below). Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, Jan. 29 at AliceinChains.com. The public on-sale date is Friday, Jan. 31.
Pearl Jam vs. Alice in Chains – Cage Match
Pearl Jam continue to roll in the Cage Match, as their single 'Sirens' defeated Cage the Elephant's 'Come a Little Closer' to earn it's third straight victory. But can Pearl Jam continue their winning ways against a fellow grunge goliath...

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