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YMMV: Alice in Chains
  • 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 
  • Awesome Music: 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.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: "Iron Gland."
    • "Love Song". Just... just listen to it
  • Broken Base: 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.
  • Covered Up: There are people who don't know "Them Bones" or "Angry Chair" but have heard versions of them in Doom II: Hell on Earth.
  • Epic Riff: 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".
  • Even Better Sequel: 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.
  • Face of the Band: 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.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Alice in Chains fans are often at odds with Nirvana and Soundgarden fans, and a large portion of post-grunge Fan Haters are Alice in Chains fans.
  • Gateway Series: Alice in Chains was an intro to Heavy Metal for many older metalheads, and served as a gateway to many heavier bands and subgenres of metal.
  • Growing the Beard: 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.
  • The Law of Fan Jackassery: 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 Dans.
  • Magnum Opus: 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Rooster"'s lyrics alternate between this and Tear Jerker.
  • Signature Song: "Man in the Box"
  • Tear Jerker: See the tearjerker page for this band.
  • The Woobie: Oh God, Layne...


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