Alice in Chains both epitomized the solemn, heavy Seattle sound of the 1990s and stood apart from the grunge hordes. What separated Alice in Chains from their alt-rock brethren was how their roots lay in heavy metal, not punk. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell and vocalist Layne Staley both played in metal bands prior to the formation of Alice in Chains in 1987 and they released the band's debut, Facelift, in 1990, well before Nirvana's Nevermind pushed the underground into the mainstream. Despite their connections to metal, Alice in Chains thrived in the glory days of grunge, and it wasn't merely a question of timing, either. The band's sensibility fit into the alternative rock zeitgeist of the early '90s. Cantrell's gloomy, minor-key riffs were an ideal match for Staley's tortured lyrics, creating a sound that felt as heavy as their Seattle ...
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Facelift 1990 Facelift Columbia
 
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Dirt 1992 Dirt Columbia
 
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Alice in Chains 1995 Alice in Chains Columbia / Sony Music Distribution
 
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MTV Unplugged 1996 MTV Unplugged Columbia
 
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Live 2000 Live Columbia
 
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Black Gives Way to Blue 2009 Black Gives Way to Blue Virgin
 
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The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here 2013 The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here Capitol / Virgin
 
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Rainier Fog 2018 Rainier Fog BMG
 
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