History Music / AliceInChains

30th Jan '16 5:01:34 PM BadSplice
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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Dirt'' sounds ''very'' different from ''Facelift'', having a more DoomMetal sound and completely excising all of the last vestiges of their GlamMetal days. ''Alice In Chains'' also sounded very different from ''Dirt'', having a more psychedelic influence, and the heavier songs being more SludgeMetal than straight doom metal. Naturally, after a long {{Hiatus}}, ''Black Gives Way to Blue" also sounds unique from its predecessors. The trope was finally averted by ''The Devil put Dinosaurs Here'', which, while still sounding distinct and having its own voice, was just a natural streamlined progression from ''Black Gives Way to Blue''
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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Dirt'' sounds ''very'' different from ''Facelift'', having a more DoomMetal sound and completely excising all of the last vestiges of their GlamMetal days. ''Alice In Chains'' also sounded very different from ''Dirt'', having a more psychedelic influence, and the heavier songs being more SludgeMetal than straight doom metal. Naturally, after a long {{Hiatus}}, ''Black Gives Way to Blue" Blue'' also sounds unique from its predecessors. The trope was finally averted by ''The Devil put Put Dinosaurs Here'', which, while still sounding distinct and having its own voice, was just a natural streamlined progression from ''Black Gives Way to Blue''Blue''.
24th Jan '16 8:06:39 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* SignatureStyle: Largely slower-paced material with a distinctly metallic bent, heavy usage of odd time signatures, relatively simple leadwork that involves large amounts of wah, and an extremely heavy focus on eerie vocal harmonies and tradeoffs.

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* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Present in the original lineup, as Cantrell had some knowledge of theory and had actually been choir president in high school and wrote songs in a much more deliberate, involved manner in general, while Staley had little actual musical experience and was more or less completely self-taught, and his few songwriting contributions were often very unconventional in style due to this. Averted with the current lineup, as [=DuVall=] was a guitar player first and foremost; Cantrell even mentioned how much of a paradigm shift it was.
3rd Jan '16 7:01:39 AM ConCass
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Undo previous edit; if you can't see how upbeat the chorus is, I don't know what to tell you
** "Would?" is strangely upbeat and the chorus can sound really happy, but the lyrics are about the death of their friend Andrew Wood of fellow Seattle band Mother Love Bone. Although the upbeat feeling could also be interpreted as getting over the grief.

%% There's also "Shame in You".
24th Dec '15 12:23:19 AM Rynnec
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At no point can [[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nco_kh8xJDs "Would?"]] be considered anything close to "upbeat", nor does the chorus sound anything close to happy.
** "Would?" is ''incredibly'' upbeat and the chorus can sound really happy, but the lyrics are about the death of their friend Andrew Wood of fellow Seattle band Mother Love Bone. Although the upbeat feeling could also be interpreted as getting over the grief.
20th Dec '15 9:25:17 AM azraelfinalstar
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See also [[Creator/JerryCantrell Jerry Cantrell's solo work]]
14th Dec '15 8:01:09 PM HasturHasturHastur
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* ConceptAlbum: The eponymous album; with the exception of three of the singles, every song on it was written by Layne Staley about addiction. To a lesser extent, ''Dirt'', as many of the lyrics are in some way about a gloomy topic like death, depression or addiction ("Rooster", which is about Jerry's father's experiences in Vietnam, and "Down in a Hole" about a failed relationship are both depressing enough to qualify).
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* ConceptAlbum: The eponymous album; with the exception of three of the singles, every song on it was written by Layne Staley about addiction. To a lesser extent, ''Dirt'', as many of the lyrics are in some way about a gloomy topic like death, depression or addiction ("Rooster", which is about Jerry's father's experiences in Vietnam, and "Down in a Hole" about a failed relationship are both depressing enough to qualify).qualify; "Dam That River", which was about an incident where Cantrell and Kinney got into a fight that ended with the latter smashing the former over the head with a coffee table, may be the lightest song lyrically, and that's if you don't interpret it as having a DualMeaningChorus about Gary Ridgway dumping his kills in the Green River).

** Strangely, ''Facelift'' alone manages to fit this description. The first half, "We Die Young" through "Love, Hate, Love", is the dark and heavy style familiar to [=Aic=] fans that was kept for their following albums. The second half, "Ain't Like That" through "Real Thing", has an extremely noticeable glam sound left over from their predecessors Alice N Chainz[[note]]Of course, the A-side still has a bit of glam in it; even "We Die Young"[[/note]].
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** Strangely, ''Facelift'' alone manages to fit this description. The first half, "We Die Young" through "Love, Hate, Love", is the dark and heavy style familiar to [=Aic=] [=AiC=] fans that was kept for their following albums. The second half, "Ain't "It Ain't Like That" through "Real Thing", has an extremely noticeable glam sound left over from their predecessors Alice N Chainz[[note]]Of course, the A-side still has a bit of glam in it; even "We Die Young"[[/note]].

* UncommonTime: Many Cantrell-written tracks use this. "Them Bones" alternates between 7/8 during the verses and 4/4 during the choruses, and "Rain When I Die" is written in 7/8.
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* UncommonTime: Many Cantrell-written tracks use this. "Them Bones" alternates between 7/8 during the verses and 4/4 during the choruses, and "Rain When I Die" is written in 7/8.7/8, and "Hollow" is 6/4 during the verses and 4/4 during the chorus.
25th Oct '15 7:30:39 PM HasturHasturHastur
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** "Check My Brain" has a very upbeat and poppy chorus where Jerry (a former addict) wonders why the hell he ever moved to an environment like Los Angeles.
14th Oct '15 6:05:47 AM Willbyr
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The group's self-titled 1995 album dealt came around the same time that Layne Staley's heroin addiction began to overwhelm the singer and caused tension within the band. By 1996, the group disbanded and Cantrell released a solo album, ''Boggy Depot''. In 1999, the group reunited to produce a greatest hits album/box set with several new songs. Despite teasing a full-on reunion, Staley's heroin addiction culminated in him dying from an overdose in early April 2002. Staley's corpse would not be discovered until two weeks later (April 20, 2002 - according to coroners, he actually died on 5th of April, ironically on the eight year anniversary of the death of fellow grunge singer, Music/KurtCobain's death). After Staley's death, Alice in Chains officially disbanded.
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The group's self-titled 1995 album dealt came around the same time that Layne Staley's heroin addiction began to overwhelm the singer and caused tension within the band. By 1996, the group disbanded and Cantrell released a solo album, ''Boggy Depot''. In 1999, the group reunited to produce a greatest hits album/box set with several new songs. Despite teasing a full-on reunion, Staley's heroin addiction culminated in him dying from an overdose in early April 2002. Staley's corpse would not be discovered until two weeks later (April 20, 2002 - according to coroners, he actually died on 5th of April, ironically on the eight year anniversary of the death of fellow grunge singer, Music/KurtCobain's death). After Staley's death, Alice in Chains officially disbanded.

The group's self-titled 1995 album dealt came around the same time that Layne Staley's heroin addiction began to overwhelm the singer and caused tension within the band. By 1996, the group disbanded and Cantrell released a solo album, ''Boggy Depot''. In 1999, the group reunited to produce a greatest hits album/box set with several new songs. Despite teasing a full-on reunion, Staley's heroin addiction culminated in him dying from an overdose in early April 2002. Staley's corpse would not be discovered until two weeks later (April 20, 2002 - according to coroners, he actually died on 5th of April, ironically on the eight year anniversary of the death of fellow grunge singer, Music/KurtCobain's death). After Staley's death, Alice in Chains officially disbanded.


** Strangely, ''Facelift'' alone manages to fit this description. The first half, "We Die Young" through "Love, Hate, Love", is the dark and heavy style familiar to [=Aic=] fans that was kept for their following albums. The second half, "Ain't Like That" through "Real Thing", has an extremely noticable glam sound left over from their predecessors Alice N Chainz[[note]]Of course, the A-side still has a bit of glam in it; even "We Die Young"[[/note]].
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** Strangely, ''Facelift'' alone manages to fit this description. The first half, "We Die Young" through "Love, Hate, Love", is the dark and heavy style familiar to [=Aic=] fans that was kept for their following albums. The second half, "Ain't Like That" through "Real Thing", has an extremely noticable noticeable glam sound left over from their predecessors Alice N Chainz[[note]]Of course, the A-side still has a bit of glam in it; even "We Die Young"[[/note]].

** SludgeMetal: Starting with ''Dirt'', strengthening in ''Alice In Chains'', and now this is their default metal style upon their revival. (listen to Lab Monkey or Acid Bubble)
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** SludgeMetal: Starting with ''Dirt'', strengthening in ''Alice In Chains'', and now this is their default metal style upon their revival. (listen to Lab Monkey "Lab Monkey" or Acid Bubble)"Acid Bubble")

* GoneHorriblyRight: After his parents' divorce, Layne became convinced that his father would return if he became a celebrity. Fast-forward 15 years, Layne is a famous rock star, his father does get in contact with him... And then ''both'' of them fell into heroin abuse.
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* GoneHorriblyRight: After his parents' divorce, Layne became convinced that his father would return if he became a celebrity. Fast-forward 15 years, Layne is a famous rock star, his father does get in contact with him... And and then ''both'' of them fell into heroin abuse.

-->"This fucking drug use is like the insulin a diabetic needs to survive. I'm not using drugs to get high like many people think. I know I made a big mistake when I started using this shit. It's a very difficult thing to explain. My liver is not functioning and [[{{Squick}} I'm throwing up all the time and shitting my pants.]] The pain is more than you can handle. It's the worst pain in the world. Dope sick hurts the entire body." [...] "I know I'm near death, I did crack and heroin for years. I never wanted to end my life this way. I know I have no chance. It's too late. I never wanted [the public's] thumbs' up about this fucking drug use. Don't try to contact any AIC (Alice in Chains) members. They are not my friends."
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-->"This -->This fucking drug use is like the insulin a diabetic needs to survive. I'm not using drugs to get high like many people think. I know I made a big mistake when I started using this shit. It's a very difficult thing to explain. My liver is not functioning and [[{{Squick}} I'm throwing up all the time and shitting my pants.]] The pain is more than you can handle. It's the worst pain in the world. Dope sick hurts the entire body." [...] "I I know I'm near death, I did crack and heroin for years. I never wanted to end my life this way. I know I have no chance. It's too late. I never wanted [the public's] thumbs' up about this fucking drug use. Don't try to contact any AIC (Alice in Chains) members. They are not my friends."

* MetalScream: Sometimes used really effectively by Layne. -->''Heeeeeeere, here comes the rooster,''\\
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* MetalScream: MetalScream: ** Sometimes used really effectively by Layne. -->''Heeeeeeere, --->''Heeeeeeere, here comes the rooster,''\\

* SpiritualSuccessor: Jerry's solo albums ''Boggy Depot'' and ''Degradation Trip'' are considered to be continuations of the Layne Staley era
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* SpiritualSuccessor: SpiritualSuccessor: ** Jerry's solo albums ''Boggy Depot'' and ''Degradation Trip'' are considered to be continuations of the Layne Staley era

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Jerry's solo albums ''Boggy Depot'' and ''Degradation Trip'' are considered to be continuations of the Layne Staley era
14th Oct '15 4:54:14 AM ConCass
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The group's self-titled 1995 album dealt came around the same time that Layne Staley's heroin addiction began to overwhelm the singer and caused tension within the band. By 1996, the group disbanded and Cantrell released a solo album, ''Boggy Depot''. In 1999, the group reunited to produce a greatest hits album/box set with several new songs. Despite teasing a full-on reunion, Staley's heroin addiction culminated in him dying from an overdose in early April 2002. Staley's corpse would not be discovered until two weeks later (April 20, 2002, ironically on the eight year anniversary of the death of fellow grunge singer, Music/KurtCobain's death.) After Staley's death, Alice in Chains officially disbanded. Even after his death, Layne Staley remains a major inspiration for many artists today, with many singers such as Sully Erna of Music/{{Godsmack}} (the band claims that their name is not a reference to the AIC song of the same name, but even if it's genuinely not, the connection is hard to avoid making,) Aaron Lewis of Music/{{Staind}}, and Chester Bennington of Music/LinkinPark citing him as a major influence. In addition, he was an inspiration for Jerry Cantrell's second solo album, ''Degradation Trip'' and Music/{{Metallica}}'s ''Death Magnetic''.
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The group's self-titled 1995 album dealt came around the same time that Layne Staley's heroin addiction began to overwhelm the singer and caused tension within the band. By 1996, the group disbanded and Cantrell released a solo album, ''Boggy Depot''. In 1999, the group reunited to produce a greatest hits album/box set with several new songs. Despite teasing a full-on reunion, Staley's heroin addiction culminated in him dying from an overdose in early April 2002. Staley's corpse would not be discovered until two weeks later (April 20, 2002, 2002 - according to coroners, he actually died on 5th of April, ironically on the eight year anniversary of the death of fellow grunge singer, Music/KurtCobain's death.) death). After Staley's death, Alice in Chains officially disbanded. Even after his death, Layne Staley remains a major inspiration for many artists today, with many singers such as Sully Erna of Music/{{Godsmack}} (the band claims that their name is not a reference to the AIC song song[[note]]despite the fact they started off as an AiC cover band[[/note]] of the same name, but even if it's genuinely not, the connection is hard to avoid making,) making), Aaron Lewis of Music/{{Staind}}, and Chester Bennington of Music/LinkinPark citing him as a major influence. In addition, he was an inspiration for Jerry Cantrell's second solo album, ''Degradation Trip'' and Music/{{Metallica}}'s ''Death Magnetic''. Magnetic'' were both dedicated to him.

* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the radio and video edit versions of "Man in the Box," the word "shit" is censored and rewritten in the lyrics, so that they say "Buried in my ''pit''" in the first verse, and "Shove my nose in ''spit''" in the second verse.
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the radio and video edit versions of "Man in the Box," the word "shit" is censored and rewritten in the lyrics, so that they say "Buried in my ''pit''" in the first verse, and "Shove my nose in ''spit''" in the second verse. Ironic, as the song is about censorship.

* ConceptAlbum: Every song on ''Dirt'' is in some way about death, depression or addiction. "Rooster" is the only exception, and even then death and darkness are prominently featured, since it's about Jerry's father's experiences in UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}}.
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* ConceptAlbum: Every The eponymous album; with the exception of three of the singles, every song on ''Dirt'' is it was written by Layne Staley about addiction. To a lesser extent, ''Dirt'', as many of the lyrics are in some way about a gloomy topic like death, depression or addiction. "Rooster" addiction ("Rooster", which is the only exception, and even then death and darkness are prominently featured, since it's about Jerry's father's experiences in UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}}.Vietnam, and "Down in a Hole" about a failed relationship are both depressing enough to qualify).

* ConceptAlbum: Every song on ''Dirt'' is in some way about death, depression or addiction. "Rooster" is the only exception, ** Pre-Facelift demo songs like "I Can't Have You Blues" and even then death and darkness "Social Parasite" are prominently featured, since it's about Jerry's father's experiences in UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}}.perfect examples of 1980s glam-metal era AiC.

* GriefSong: "Get Born Again" and "Died." And especially "Over Now." And a good portion of ''Black Gives Way to Blue'', especially the title album. * HairMetal: Started out as this; while they obviously shed all traces of it later on, there were still some very noticeable traces left over from that era on ''Facelift'', particularly on the second half.
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* GriefSong: "Get Born Again" Again", "Would?" and "Died." "Died". And especially "Over Now." And a good portion of ''Black Gives Way to Blue'', especially the title album. song. * HairMetal: Started out as this; this, as some 1980s demos will demonstrate; while they obviously shed all traces of it later on, there were still some very noticeable traces left over from that era on ''Facelift'', particularly on the second half.

** "Would?" is ''incredibly'' upbeat and the chorus is really happy, but the lyrics are about the death of their friend Andrew Wood of fellow Seattle band Mother Love Bone. Although the upbeat feeling could also be interpreted as getting over the grief. ** "Real Thing", the closing track of ''Facelift'', is about a drug user[[note]]not Staley; ''Facelift'' was recorded before his heroin addiction, and the song makes subtle references to cocaine being the drug in question[[/note]] who rejects his friends' concern for help. Just like other songs on the last half of ''Facelift'', the song is very glam-metal inspired.
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** "Would?" is ''incredibly'' upbeat and the chorus is can sound really happy, but the lyrics are about the death of their friend Andrew Wood of fellow Seattle band Mother Love Bone. Although the upbeat feeling could also be interpreted as getting over the grief. ** "Real Thing", the closing track of ''Facelift'', is about a drug user[[note]]not Staley; Staley's; ''Facelift'' was recorded before his heroin addiction, and the song makes subtle references to cocaine being the drug in question[[/note]] who rejects his friends' concern for help. Just like other songs on the last half of ''Facelift'', the song is very glam-metal inspired.inspired despite the gloomy lyrics.

* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: They are masters of depressive, hopeless lyrics. While they rarely have gory lyrics and aren't ''too'' bad with profanity, the sheer despair that their lyrics give off keep them firmly in the 8 - 10 range. A few songs on ''Facelift'' and ''Jar of Flies'' are in the 5 - 6 range though. Their Alice N' Chainz material was about 3-5.
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* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: They are masters of depressive, hopeless lyrics. While they rarely have gory lyrics and aren't ''too'' bad with profanity, the sheer despair that their lyrics give off keep them firmly in the 8 - 10 range. A few songs on ''Facelift'' and ''Jar of Flies'' are in the 5 - 6 range though. Their Alice N' 'N Chainz material was about 3-5.

* MurderBallad: "Dam That River", ''maybe''. It was definitely about Cantrell and Kinney getting into a war of words that resulted in Kinney getting so angry that he picked up a coffee table and smashed Cantrell over the head with it and the song was Cantrell's middle finger to Kinney in regard to that chain of events, but it may or may not have a dual meaning as a song about Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, who was still active and at large at the time that the song was written and had racked up an immense body count in the King County area.
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* MurderBallad: "Dam That River", ''maybe''. It was definitely about Cantrell and Kinney getting into a war of words fight that resulted in Kinney getting so angry that he picked up a coffee table and smashed Cantrell over the head with it it, and the song was Cantrell's middle finger to Kinney in regard to that chain of events, but it events. A few may or may not have interpret it as having a dual meaning as a song about Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, who was still active and at large at the time that the song was written and had racked up an immense body count in the King County area.
15th Sep '15 4:11:45 PM eggplant
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