History Music / AliceInChains

23rd Jul '16 7:46:20 AM ConCass
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* BigRockEnding: A particularly disturbing variety in "Head Creeps". Kinney's drum fills become chaotic, slowing down behind the guitar's dissonant squeals. "Hate to Feel" has a similar ending.
15th Jul '16 6:23:57 AM ConCass
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The band reformed in 2005 for a tsunami benefit concert and began touring with a number of guest vocalists, including [[Music/{{Pantera}} Phil Anselmo]], [[Music/{{Tool}} Maynard James Keenan]], [[Music/{{Metallica}} James Hetfield]], [[Music/LinkinPark Chester Bennington]], [[Music/SkidRow Sebastian Bach]], and [[Music/{{Heart}} Ann Wilson]]. They chose William Duvall as their official new vocalist in 2006 and released their first new album in 14 years, ''Black Gives Way to Blue'', in September of 2009. The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart and has sold in excess of 500,000 copies.

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The band reformed in 2005 for a tsunami benefit concert and began touring with a number of guest vocalists, including [[Music/{{Pantera}} Phil Anselmo]], [[Music/{{Tool}} Maynard James Keenan]], [[Music/{{Metallica}} James Hetfield]], [[Music/LinkinPark Chester Bennington]], [[Music/SkidRow Sebastian Bach]], and [[Music/{{Heart}} Ann Wilson]]. They chose William Duvall [=DuVall=] as their official new vocalist in 2006 and released their first new album in 14 years, ''Black Gives Way to Blue'', in September of 2009. The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart and has sold in excess of 500,000 copies.



* William Duvall - vocals, guitar

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* William Duvall [=DuVall=] - vocals, guitar



* DoomMetal: They could be seen as a more {{alternative|Metal}} take on the genre, especially in ''Dirt'' and ''Alice in Chains'', given the slow tempos, heavy {{Epic Riff}}s and serious subject matter. While not themselves classed as doom metal, they certainly influenced the genre.
** 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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* DoomMetal: They could be seen as a more {{alternative|Metal}} take on the genre, especially in ''Dirt'' and ''Alice in Chains'', given the slow tempos, heavy {{Epic Riff}}s and serious subject matter. While not themselves classed Though select songs such as doom metal, they certainly influenced the genre.
"Hate to Feel" can be considered straight-up doom.
** SludgeMetal: Starting with ''Dirt'', strengthening in ''Alice In Chains'', and now this is their default metal style upon their revival. revival (listen to "Lab Monkey" or "Acid Bubble")Bubble").



** Pre-Facelift demo songs like "I Can't Have You Blues" and "Social Parasite" are perfect examples of 1980s glam-metal era AiC.

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** Pre-Facelift demo songs like "I Can't Have You Blues" and "Social Parasite" are perfect examples of 1980s glam-metal era AiC.[=AiC=].



* InNameOnly: To no one's surprise, there are some that categorically refuse to accept the "new" Alice in Chains, deriding Duvall's voice and songwriting talents as less than Staley's before the album was released. Even though Cantrell has done most of the singing since that album.

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* InNameOnly: To no one's surprise, there are some that categorically refuse to accept the "new" Alice in Chains, deriding Duvall's [=DuVall=]'s voice and songwriting talents as less than Staley's before the album was released. Even though Cantrell has done most of the singing since that album.



** From the Duvall era (so far): "Lesson Learned" and "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here."

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** From the Duvall [=DuVall=] era (so far): "Lesson Learned" and "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here."
22nd Jun '16 3:51:55 AM gewunomox
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+ Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/BlackSabbath, Music/VanHalen, Music/BlueOysterCult, Music/LedZeppelin, Music/AliceCooper, Music/{{Budgie}}, Music/{{Motorhead}}, Music/{{SexPistols}}, Music/{{Pixies}}, Music/IronMaiden, Music/{{MercyfulFate}}, Music/TheMisfits, Music/{{Melvins}}

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+ Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/BlackSabbath, Music/VanHalen, Music/BlueOysterCult, Music/LedZeppelin, Music/AliceCooper, Music/{{Budgie}}, Music/{{Motorhead}}, Music/{{SexPistols}}, Music/{{Pixies}}, Music/ThePixies, Music/IronMaiden, Music/{{MercyfulFate}}, Music/TheMisfits, Music/{{Melvins}}
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.
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