Alice in Chains was an excellent hard rock band that came out of Seattle in the early 1990's. Although thought of as a grunge
band due to local acts such as Nirvana
breaking into the mainstream around the same time of their second album release, their only musical tie to the genre was their dark and depressing subject matter.
In addition to the dark subject matter, their music also featured gritty vocals courtesy of frontman Layne Staley
, amazing guitar riffs by virtuoso Jerry Cantrell
, and slick drum work by Sean Kinney
. Their bassist, Mike Inez
, however was horrible beyond words.
Past albums include "Jar of Flies", their magnum opus "Dirt", and the self-titled "Alice in Chains".
The band unfortunately broke up due to internal strife and the unfortunate death of Layne Staley in April of 2002. The world would've been a much better place had there been at least one more AiC record to listen to...
A compilation album is available for anyone wishing to get acquainted with this influential band.
Alice in Chains is hands down one of the best rock bands to ever exist.