Alice In Chains are one of the darkest bands to emerge from Seattle in the early '90s. Their 1992 album "Dirt" was a milestone in the grunge genre. Tuned down guitars with massive gloomy vocals courtesy of guitarist Jerry Cantrell and enigmatic vocalist Layne Staley proved a killer combination. This immediately identifiable sound also proved to be quite diverse as their repertoire grew to include both driving angry rock songs and mellow acoustic compositions.
"Dirt" is one of those masterpieces that wasn't meant to be, as it was written while the band was on tour only to let their demons out.
After extensive tours with Ozzy Osbourne and Van Halen the album ended in the top 10 of Billboard. The album closes with the superb grunge anthem "Would?" which was also featured in the movie "Singles".
Unfortunately singer Layne Staley died of a drug overdose in 2002 which ended the band abruptly.
Alice In Chains returned to the forefront with a new album and singer in 2009. The original groundbreaking sound of Alice In Chains is offered here on 180g Audiophile Vinyl.
"Theirs are songs of the flesh injected with Gothic metal riffs and seamy harmonies that quiver and squirm in an insatiable quest for self-immolation." - Jon Wiederhorn, Rolling Stone
Audiophile 180g LP
Layne Staley, vocals, guitar
Jerry Cantrell, vocals, guitar
Mike Starr, bass
Sean Kinney, drums
1. Them Bones
2. Dam That River
3. Rain When I Die
4. Down In A Hole
3. God Smack
4. Hate To Feel
5. Angry Chair