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Alice in Chains

Formed: 1987 in Seattle, WA
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Genre: Pop/Rock
Group Members: Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney, Layne Staley, Mike Starr, Mike Inez, William DuVall
Biography: In many ways, Alice in Chains was the definitive heavy metal band of the early '90s. Drawing equally from the heavy riffing of post-Van Halen metal and the gloomy strains of post-punk, the band developed a bleak, nihilistic sound that balanced grinding hard rock with subtly textured acoustic numbers. ...Read full biography
Dirt
Released: 1992
Label: COLUMBIA
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Dirt is Alice in Chains' major artistic statement and the closest they ever came to recording a flat-out masterpiece. It's a primal, sickening howl from the depths of Layne Staley's heroin addiction, and ...Read full review
Black Gives Way to Blue
Released: 2009
Label: Virgin
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It's hard not to feel for Alice in Chains -- all the guys in the band were lifers, all except lead singer Layne Staley, who never managed to exorcise his demons, succumbing to drug addiction in 2002. ...Read full review