Alice In Chains Biography

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 eight 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. Alice in Chains released their fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, on May 28, 2013, and are currently on tour for this album.

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Alice In Chains post mockumentary featuring members of Metallica and Guns N' Roses online - watch

Comedy film 'AIC 23' also features members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden

  • Apr 5, 2013

Alice In Chains reveal details of new album

'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here' will be released in May

  • Feb 15, 2013

Alice In Chains start work on new album

Guitarist Jerry Cantrell confirms grunge veterans are writing the follow-up to 'Black Gives Way To Blue'

  • Jan 11, 2012

Alice In Chains, Nikki Sixx and more pay tribute to Mike Starr

Bassist passed away aged 44 yesterday (Mar 8)

  • Mar 9, 2011

Former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr dies aged 44

Starr passed away in Salt Lake City yesterday (March 8)

  • Mar 9, 2011

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Alice In Chains Reviews

Alice In Chains - 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'

Alice In Chains - 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'

A rare and welcome appearance for Old Nick

  • Sep 20, 2013

Alice In Chains - 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'

Alice In Chain’s second act is turning out nicely

  • Jun 24, 2013

Alice In Chains - 'Stone'

Laboured and boring

  • May 24, 2013

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