* {{Anvilicious}}: Pretty much the only way the ''Dirt'' album could be less subtle is if it consisted of nothing but Layne screaming "HEROIN RUINED MY LIFE" over and over again for an hour.[[note]]Except for "Rooster", which is screaming "[[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar THE VIETNAM WAR]] WAS HELL!" for over six minutes...[[/note]]
** {{Some anvils need to be dropped}}.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: ''Dirt'' and ''Jar of Flies'' for most fans.
** ''The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'' seems to be following suit. Though really, it's hard to pick a song that isn't awesome.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: "Iron Gland."
** "Love Song". Just... just listen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm3lqTOhRAw to it]]
* BrokenBase: Fans are divided on whether Duvall is any good or not, which is rather moot seeing that Cantrell is usually the lead singer from ''Black Gives Way...'' onwards.
** If you're on the side that doesn't like ''Devil...'', then you think the band took their surge of interest from the comeback and put out a follow-up that just went ''thud''.
** There's also quite a bit of debate over the quality of the band's SelfTitledAlbum. Some like it for its drearier, druggier (if you can believe it!) tone. While others hate it for those very reasons. Some have also complained about its slightly more mainstream sound and production.
* CoveredUp: There are people who don't know "Them Bones" or "Angry Chair" but have heard versions of them in ''[[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doom II: Hell on Earth]]''.
* EpicRiff: Many - the talk box guitar opening of "Man in the Box", the main riff in "Rooster", the bass intro to "Would?", and the distorted guitar line in "Grind" are some of the best examples.
** The bass riff in "Angry Chair." Full stop.
** ''The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'' gives us "Pretty Done" and "Phantom Limb".
* EvenBetterSequel: ''Facelift'' was a great album and very influential, but ''Dirt'' was one of the defining albums of the 90s along with ''Nevermind'' and ''Superunknown''. ''Dirt'' also solidified their sound as a sludgy, dark toned, mournful metal band, dropping all of their remaining glam elements.
* FaceOfTheBand: Due to the problems stemming from his heroin addiction, Layne Staley was pretty much this, for better or worse. Jerry Cantrell, who already did most of the songwriting, took this role after Staley's death.
* FandomRivalry: Alice in Chains fans are often at odds with Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/{{Soundgarden}} fans, and a large portion of {{post-grunge}} {{Fan Hater}}s are Alice in Chains fans.
* GatewaySeries: Alice in Chains was an intro to HeavyMetal for many older metalheads, and served as a gateway to many heavier bands and subgenres of metal.
* GrowingTheBeard: Most fans will agree that ''Dirt'' was when they truly found their voice. While ''Facelift'' is still loved by the fans, many complain that the second half of the album sounds too much like their hair metal roots.
** Similarly, ''The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'' is viewed as growing the beard for their reincarnation. While ''Black Gives Way to Blue'' was well received, ''Devil'' just has a tighter, more consistent sound.
* TheLawOfFanJackassery: Ever since the band's decline from popularity in the mid '90s, the fanbase has fallen dead square at the peak.
** Probably has to do with the fandom containing the worst elements of both metalheads and Grunge {{Disco Dan}}s.
* MagnumOpus: ''Dirt'' for the Staley era, ''The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'' for the Duvall era.
* {{Misblamed}}: William Duvall for ''Black Gives Way to Blue'' as Jerry Cantrell sings on much of the album, though some people who dislike the album will acknowledge this.
* NightmareFuel: "Rooster"'s lyrics alternate between this and TearJerker.
* SignatureSong: "Man in the Box"
* TearJerker: See the [[TearJerker/AliceInChains tearjerker page]] for this band.
* TheWoobie: Oh God, Layne...

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