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Alice in Chains is an American Seattle-based Grunge band that was formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney,[1] who then recruited bassist Mike Starr[1] and lead vocalist Layne Staley.[1][2][3] Starr was replaced by Mike Inez in 1993.[4]William DuVall joined the band in 2006 as co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, replacing Staley, who died in 2002. The band took its name from Staley's previous group, the glam metal band Alice N' Chains.[5][2]

Although widely associated with grunge music, the band's sound incorporates heavy metal elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released six studio albums, three EPs, three live albums, four compilations, two DVDs, 31 music videos[6][7] and 31 singles. The band is known for its distinctive vocal style,[8] which often included the harmonized vocals between Staley and Cantrell[9] (and later between Cantrell and William DuVall).[10][11] Cantrell started to sing lead vocals on the 1992 acoustic EP Sap, and his role continued to grow in the following albums, making Alice in Chains a two-vocal band.[9][10][11]


  • Facelift (1990)
  • Dirt (1992)
  • Alice in Chains (1995)
  • Black Gives Way to Blue (2009)
  • The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013)
  • Rainier Fog (2018)


  1. "Interview Alice In Chains - Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney about Layne Staley". YouTube. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  2. 2.02.1 "Alice in Chains: Through the Looking Glass". Rolling Stone. 26 November 1992. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
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  5. "Jerry Cantrell explains who is Alice and why is she in Chains". YouTube. Retrieved November 22, 2017. 
  6. "Alice in Chains Videos - Vevo". Vevo. Retrieved November 30, 2017. 
  7. "Alice in Chains Videos - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved November 30, 2017. 
  8. "How Alice in Chains Found the Most Memorable Voice in Grunge". The Atlantic. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  9. 9.09.1 "Jerry Cantrell Recalls How Alice in Chains Developed Their Twin-Vocal Sound". 25 April 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  10. 10.010.1 "Alice in Chains – Black Gives Way to Blue". Consequence of Sound. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  11. 11.011.1 "Rock solid: Alice in Chains continues to pack a punch". The Morning Call. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
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