Alice in Chains

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Originally named ‘Diamond Lie’. Following the addition of Layne Staley, they were also periodically named ‘Mothra’ and ‘Fuck’ (amongst other names) until settling on ‘Alice in Chains’, after Staley’s old band.

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Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. The initial lineup was rounded out by drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr, who was replaced in 1993 by Mike Inez.

Although widely associated with grunge music, the band's sound incorporates heavy metal and acoustic elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released five studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, four compilations, and two DVDs. The band is known for its distinctive vocal style, which often included the harmonized vocals of Staley and Cantrell.

Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 20 million albums worldwide, and over 14 million in the US alone. In 1992, the band released their album Dirt, which was critically acclaimed and has been certified quadruple platinum. The band also achieved two No. 1 Billboard 200 releases, 14 top ten songs on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and nine Grammy Award nominations.

Although never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains was plagued by extended inactivity from 1996 onwards due to Staley's substance abuse, which resulted in his death in 2002. The band reunited in 2005 with new lead vocalist William DuVall and released their fourth studio album, Black Gives Way to Blue, in 2009. The album was a success, receiving gold certification by the RIAA in 2010. Black Gives Way to Blue was followed four years later by The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013).

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  2. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  3. ^ Alice in Chains Release New Album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, and Video Teaser, Revolver Magazine, May 28, 2013.
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Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Facelift 3.9 5
1992 Dirt 4.35 8
1995 Alice in Chains 4.45 7
2007 ×2: Facelift / Alice in Chains 1
2009 Black Gives Way to Blue 4.4 9
2013 The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Nothing Safe: The Best of the Box 5 1
1999 Music Bank 2
2001 Greatest Hits 4 2
2006 The Essential Alice in Chains 4.5 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 1993-04-12: Brens Event Center, Irving, CA 1
1996 MTV Unplugged 4.5 5
2000 Live 3


Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Would? 5 4
1993 Angry Chair 1
1993 Down in a Hole 1
1993 Them Bones 2
1995 Grind 2
1995 Heaven Beside You 3
1996 Again 1
2009 A Looking in View 3 1
2009 Check My Brain 5 1
2013 Hollow 1
2013 Stone 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1988 The Treehouse Tapes 1
1990 We Die Young 2
1992 Sap 4.65 2
1994 Jar of Flies / Sap 5
1994 Jar of Flies 4.55 3


Year Title RatingReleases
2008 Discover 1

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