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  • 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 
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Although he's playing a woman who's at least middle-aged and a bit dirty-minded, Jerry looks surprisingly good as Nona Weisbaum in The Nona Tapes.
  • 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. It's likely that they were extremely drunk and/or high when they recorded it, but nothing has been confirmed.
  • 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 Put Dinosaurs....', 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 Self-Titled Album. 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.
    • Rainier Fog. A worthy modern Alice in Chains entry that does a far better job at recapturing the feel of the Layne era than the previous two, a good but unremarkable post-Layne release, or a boring trudge that sounds like any number of their copycats? Fans who didn't like The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here are more likely to enjoy it, while fans who did like it tend to not like Rainier Fog.
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  • 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", "Hollow" and "Phantom Limb".
    • The Lyrical Cold Open + guitar combo in "Them Bones" qualifies as well.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The last song Layne ever recorded with the band was "Died".
    • Many of their songs qualify, but "Angry Chair" sums it up perfectly about Staley's life, especially with the lines, "Saw my reflection and cried. So little hope that I died."
  • 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.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Staley hated it when people would say they shot up to Dirt.
  • Mis-blamed: 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.
  • Narm: As "Right Turn" starts to conclude, Mark Arm from Mudhoney monotonously drawls "We ain't riiiiiiiiiiiight".
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Rooster"'s lyrics alternate between this and Tear Jerker.
  • Reclusive Artist: During his final years up until his death, Staley became very reclusive thanks to his deteriorating physical state due in part of his addiction, so much that he rarely left his apartment in the University District of Seattle. Just exactly the day before Staley's death, bandmate Mike Starr would stay with him until the two had an ugly argument that culminated in Staley telling Starr to Get Out! and not come back nor should he even call 911 about his ailing health. Starr had no choice but to oblige Staley's offer and the former would later regret his decision only after learning about the latter's death.
  • Signature Song: "Man in the Box" for the Staley era, "Hollow" for the DuVall era. "Down in a Hole" is the signature ballad for both eras.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: If you can believe it, they have an example or two. Jar of Flies while still having extremely depressing lyrics, often has pleasant, even dreamy instrumentation. This is especially noticeable on "Rotten Apple" and to a lesser extent "No Excuses". Listening to the EP all the way through can be a downright relaxing experience (provided that you don’t pay too much attention to the lyrics.
  • Tear Jerker: See the tearjerker page for this band.
  • The Woobie: Oh God, Layne...
  • Ugly Cute: The weird lemur-dog thing in the "Angry Chair" video


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