History Music / AliceInChains

22nd Jun '16 3:51:55 AM gewunomox
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2nd Apr '16 8:24:14 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Drummer Sean Kinney sings lead vocals (actually just yelling random stuff into a megaphone) on "Love Song" from the ''Sap'' EP. In fact, all the band members switch instruments on that track. There's also old camcorder footage of them screwing around in their rehearsal space once, with Staley playing a very basic kick-snare-kick-snare beat and Kinney rolling around on the ground shrieking. They captionied with a scroll which read: WARNING - SINGER DRUMMING, DRUMMER SINGING

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Drummer Sean Kinney sings lead vocals (actually just yelling random stuff into a megaphone) on "Love Song" from the ''Sap'' EP. In fact, all the band members switch instruments on that track. There's also old camcorder footage of them screwing around in their rehearsal space once, with Staley playing a very basic kick-snare-kick-snare beat and Kinney rolling around on the ground shrieking. They captionied captioned it with a scroll which read: WARNING - SINGER DRUMMING, DRUMMER SINGING
2nd Apr '16 8:23:18 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Drummer Sean Kinney sings lead vocals (actually just yelling random stuff into a megaphone) on "Love Song" from the ''Sap'' EP. In fact, all the band members switch instruments on that track.

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Drummer Sean Kinney sings lead vocals (actually just yelling random stuff into a megaphone) on "Love Song" from the ''Sap'' EP. In fact, all the band members switch instruments on that track. There's also old camcorder footage of them screwing around in their rehearsal space once, with Staley playing a very basic kick-snare-kick-snare beat and Kinney rolling around on the ground shrieking. They captionied with a scroll which read: WARNING - SINGER DRUMMING, DRUMMER SINGING
24th Mar '16 8:43:09 PM 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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* 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. Jerry's riffing also tends to involve relatively unconventional usage of bends to create an uneasy, disorienting feel ("It Ain't Like That" and "Check My Brain" being good examples).
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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** "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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** "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.
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