It’s hard for a rock music fan to miss out on Alice in Chains. The American rock band was formed back in 1987 and since then they have released five studio and two live albums along with three EPs and two DVDs. The band currently comprises of Jerry Cantrell (lead guitarist and cofounder), Sean Kinney (drummer), Mike Inez (bassist) and William DuVall (lead vocalist). Initially the band was founded by Cantrell and Layne Staley who was the vocalist for Alice in Chains.
Alice in Chains became highly acclaimed in the 1990s when they were part of a grunge movement with other prominent bands like Nirvana and PearlJam. Their albums received a great response, Facelift and Sap was their first studio album and was certified gold an year after its release. Their 2nd studio album Dirt was reviewed as a masterpiece; it is certified quadruple platinum and became the band’s highest selling album to date. The next two albums Jar of Flies and Alice in Chains topped the Billboard 200 albums chart.
After that the band suffered a setback due to Staley’s personal issues and substance abuse which led him to become secluded and later became the cause of his death in 2002. During these four years the band took a hiatus but released two singles, a live album and two compilations. After Staley’s death the band reunited in 2005 to perform benefit concerts and brief tours in America, Europe and Japan. During this time period DuVall, the current lead vocalist joined the band leading Alice in Chains to start working on their fourth studio album. Black Gives Way to Blue was certified gold and the band performed at many concerts like the Soundwave Festival Australia and Rock on the Range with prominent bands like NIN and Lamb of God. Later in 2010 they toured with Mastodon and Deftones in US and Canada.
Their latest album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here was released in May 2013, debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200 album charts and selling 61,000 copies in the first week.
Alice in Chains is a mix of rock n’ roll and heavy metal and their distinctive melodic harmonies and style are an inspiration to many bands like Godsmack, Metallica, Dream Theatre and Opeth. Their lyrics are dark, focusing on the pains and demons in one’s life. Alice in Chains is by far one of the greatest rock/metal bands up to date.