Alice in Chains

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Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains во Семптември 2007. Од лево кон десно: William DuVall, Sean Kinney, и Jerry Cantrell. (Не е сликан: Mike Inez)
Биографски податоци
Потекло Сиетл, Вашингтон, САД
Жанрови алтернативен метал, алтернативен рок, гранџ, хеви метал
Период на активност Шаблон:Почеток–2002, 2005–денес
Издавачи Коламбија рекордс, Вирџин рекордс/ЕМИ рекордс, Капитол рекордс
Соработници Alice N' Chains, Class of '99, Comes with the Fall, Mad Season, Black Label Society, Spys4Darwin
Мреж. место aliceinchains.com
Членови
Jerry Cantrell
Sean Kinney
Mike Inez
William DuVall
Поранешни членови
Layne Staley
Mike Starr

Алис ин Чеинс е американски рок група формирана во Сиетл, Вашингтон во 1987 од гитаристот и текстописец Jerry Cantrell и оригинален главен локал Layne Staley. Првото подредување било од тапанарот Sean Кinney и басистот Mike Starr (музичар) (кој во 1993 бил заменет од страна на Mike Inez).

И покрај тоа што звукот на бендот главно е гранџ музика, исто така се вклучени и хеви метал и акустични елементи. Од формирањето Алис ин Чеинс имаат издадени пет студио албуми, три албуми, двa албуми во живо, четири компилации и две ДВД. Бендот е познат по неговиот впечатлив локален стил каде што често ги вклучува хармоничните вокали од Layne Staley и Jerry Cantrell. Алис ин Чеинс постигнал интернационална слава како дел од гранџ движењето во раните 1990ти, заедно со други бендови од Сиетл, како што се Нирвана,П'рл Џем и Соундгарден. Бендот беше еден од најуспешните музички актови во 1990тите, продавајќи повеќе од 25 милиони албуми, ширум светот[1] и повеќе од 14 милиони само во САД.[2] Во 1992 година групата го издаде нивниот албумДирт (англиски: Dirt) кој што критично бил одобрен и бил потврден со четирикратен платинум. Групата исто така се здобила со два бр. 1 Билборд 200 албуми( Џар оф Флајс (англиски: Jar of Flies) и Алис ин Чеинс) и осум номинации за награди греми.

Иако никогаш официјално не се расформирала групата Алис ин Чеинс била малку активна од 1996 па натаму, поради тоа што Staley користел недозволени супстанции кои што ја предизвикале неговата смрт во 2002 година. Групата повторно се соединила во 2005 година со нов главен вокал William DuVall и го издалe нивниот четврт студиски албум Блак гивс веј ту блу (англиски: Black Gives Way to Blue) во 2009 година. Албумот доживеал успех кој што бил одобрен од страна на RIAA во 2010 година. Алис ин Чеинс го издале нивниот петти студиски албум 'Д девл пут диносаурс хијр (англиски: The Devil put Dinosaurs Here) на 28 Мај, 2013..[3]

Историја[уреди]

Формирање и рани години(1984–89)[уреди]

Оригиналниот вокал Layne Staley. Staley ја формирал Алис ин Чеинс заедно со гитаристот Jerry Cantrell.

Пред формирањето на Алис ин Чеинс тогашниот тапанар[4][5] Layne Staley ја имал првата свирка како вокален пејач кога бил на аудиција за пејач во локален глам метал бенд познат како Sleze откако добил охрабрување од неговиот полубрат Ken Elmer.[4][5] Други членови на оваа група тогаш биле гитаристот Johnny Bacolas и Zoli Semanate, а тапанар James Bergstrom и басистот Byron Hansen.[4] Овој бенд поминал повеќе промени во членовите кој што кулминирал со Nick Pollock како нивниот соло-гитарист и Bacolas префрлајќи се на бас пред дискусијата за да се смени нивното име во Алис ин Чеинс.[6] Ова било поттикнато од разговорот што Bacolas го имал со пејач од рок бенд во врска со пропусници за во бекстејџ.[6] Поради интересот околу зближување со женскиот род, групата избрала да го спелува како Alice N’ Chains за да ги смали родителските грижи, но Nancy McCallum мајката на Staley рекла дека не е среќна со тоа име.[6] Додека Staley бил со Alice N’ Chains, го запознал гитаристот Jerry Cantrell додека работел во Music Bank студио за проби, каде што двајцата борбени музичари станале цимери и живееле во местото за проби кои што го делеле. Подоцна Alice N’ Chains се распаднал и Staley се придружил во фанк бенд каде што тогаш барале гитарист. Staley го прашал Cantrell за да се придружи како член. Cantrell се согласил под услов Staley да се приклучи во бендот на Cantrell кој што тогаш го вклучувал тапанарот Sean Kinney и басистот Mike Starr. Најпосле фанк проектот се распаднал и во 1987 година Staley се приклучил во бендот на Cantrell како редовен басист свирејќи во клубови околу Pacific Northwest, често одолговлекувајќи го материјалот од 15 минути во 45 минутен сет. Бендот свирел неколку свирки и имал различни имиња вклучувајќи го и Diamond Lie, кое што било името на претходниот бенд на Cantrell,[7] најпосле земајќи го името кое што во почетокот претходниот бенд на Staley го имале во план Алис ин Чеинс.[8][9] Локалниот промотер Randy Hauser станал главен на бендот за време на концертите и предложил да платат за демо снимките. Како и да е, еден ден пред да добие право бендот да снима во Music Bank студиото во Вашингтон, полицијата го исклучила студиото за време на најголемата канабис рација во историјата на државата.[8] Последното демо снимено во 1988 се викало The Treehouse Tapes и успеало благодарение на менаџерите Kelly Curtis и Susan Silver, кои исто така раководеле со бендот Soundgarden во Сиетл. Curtis и Silver го прикажале демото на Columbia recordsA&R, претставникот Nick Terzo, закажал состанок со познатиот претседател Don Ienner. Прикрепуван на The Treehouse Tapes, Ienner го прикажал Алис ин Чеинс во Колaмбија во 1988 година.[8] Бендот исто така снимил и други неименувани демо снимки во период од три месеци во 1989 година. Оваа снимка може да се најде на слободен шверц како Sweet Alice.[10]

Facelift и Sap (1990–92)[уреди]

Алис ин чеинс набрзо станаа вистински приоритет во музичкиот свет со првата официјална снимка во Јули 1990, промоционална EP We Die Young. Главниот сингл на ЕР, "We Die Young", станал хит на металците. После нивниот успех, продуценската куќа ги избрзала Алис ин чеинс во дебитантски албум со продуцерот Dave Jerden.[11]

Гитаристот Jerry Cantrell е ко-основач на бендот. Тој, заедно со Staley, земаат заслуга за креирање на специфичниот звук на бендот.

The resulting album, Facelift, was released on August 21, 1990, peaking at number 42 in the summer of 1991 on the Billboard 200 chart.[12] Facelift was not an instant success, selling under 40,000 copies in the first six months of release, until MTV added "Man in the Box" to regular daytime rotation.[13] The single hit number 18 on the Mainstream rock charts, with the album's follow up single, "Sea of Sorrow", reaching number 27,[14] and in six weeks Facelift sold 400,000 copies in the US.[13] The album was a critical success, with Steve Huey of Allmusic citing Facelift as "one of the most important records in establishing an audience for grunge and alternative rock among hard rock and heavy metal listeners."[15]

Facelift was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America by the end of 1990, while the band continued to hone its audience, opening for such artists as Iggy Pop,[16] Van Halen, Poison,[17] and Extreme.[13] In early 1991, Alice in Chains landed the opening slot for the Clash of the Titans with Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer, exposing the band to a wide metal audience.[18] Alice in Chains was nominated for a Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy Award in 1992 for "Man in the Box", but lost to Van Halen for their 1991 album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.[19]

Following the tour, Alice in Chains entered the studio to record demos for its next album, but ended up recording five acoustic songs instead.[13] While in the studio, drummer Sean Kinney had a dream about "making an EP called Sap".[16] The band decided "not to mess with fate", and on March 21, 1992, Alice in Chains released their second EP, Sap. The EP was released while Nirvana's Nevermind was at the top of the Billboard 200 charts, resulting in a rising popularity of Seattle-based bands, and the term grunge music.[13] Sap was soon certified gold within two weeks. The EP features guest vocals by Ann Wilson from the band Heart, who joined Staley and Cantrell for the choruses of "Brother", "Am I Inside" and "Love Song". The EP also features Mark Arm of Mudhoney and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, who appeared together on the song "Right Turn", credited to "Alice Mudgarden" in the liner notes.[20] In 1992, Alice in Chains appeared in the Cameron Crowe film Singles, performing as a "bar band".[21] The band also contributed the song "Would?" to the film's soundtrack, whose video received an award for Best Video from a Film at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards.[22]

Dirt (1992–93)[уреди]

In March 1992, the band returned to the studio. With new songs written primarily on the road, the material has an overall darker feel than Facelift, with six of the album's thirteen songs dealing with the subject of addiction.[23] "We did a lot of soul searching on this album. There's a lot of intense feelings."[23] Cantrell said, "We deal with our daily demons through music. All of the poison that builds up during the day we cleanse when we play".[9]

On September 29, 1992, Alice in Chains released its second album, Dirt. The album peaked at number six on the Billboard 200, and since its release has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA, making Dirt the band's highest selling album to date.[8][11] The album was a critical success, with Steve Huey of Allmusic praising the album as a "major artistic statement, and the closest they ever came to recording a flat-out masterpiece".[24] Chris Gill of Guitar World called Dirt "huge and foreboding, yet eerie and intimate", and "sublimely dark and brutally honest".[13] Dirt spawned five top 30 singles: "Rooster", "Them Bones", "Would?", "Angry Chair" and "Down in a Hole",[25] and remained on the charts for nearly two years.[26] Alice in Chains was added as openers to Ozzy Osbourne's No More Tears tour. Days before the tour began, Layne Staley broke his foot in an ATV accident, forcing him to use crutches on stage.[13] While on tour, Starr left the band, and was replaced by former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Mike Inez.[27] In 1993, the band recorded two songs with Inez, "What the Hell Have I" and "A Little Bitter", for the Last Action Hero soundtrack.[28] During the summer of 1993, Alice in Chains toured with the alternative music festival Lollapalooza, their last major tour with Staley.[29]

Jar of Flies (1993–94)[уреди]

Bassist Mike Inez joined Alice in Chains in 1993

Following Alice in Chains' extensive 1993 world tour, Staley said the band "just wanted to go into the studio for a few days with our acoustic guitars and see what happened".[30] "We never really planned on the music we made at that time to be released. But the record label heard it and they really liked it. For us, it was just the experience of four guys getting together in the studio and making some music."[30]

While never originally intended for a public release, Columbia Records released Alice in Chains' second acoustic-based EP, Jar of Flies, on January 25, 1994. Written and recorded in one week,[31] Jar of Flies debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the first ever EP—and first Alice in Chains release—to top the charts.[12] Paul Evans of Rolling Stone called the EP "darkly gorgeous",[32] and Steve Huey stated "Jar of Flies is a low-key stunner, achingly gorgeous and harrowingly sorrowful all at once".[33] Jar of Flies features Alice in Chains' first number-one single on the Mainstream Rock charts, "No Excuses". The second single, "I Stay Away", reached number ten on the Mainstream rock charts, while the final single "Don't Follow", reached number 25.[14] After the release of Jar of Flies, Layne Staley entered rehab for heroin addiction.[34] The band was scheduled to tour during the summer of 1994 with Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies, Danzig and Fight, but while in rehearsal for the tour, Staley began using heroin again.[35] Staley's condition prompted the other band members to cancel all scheduled dates one day before the start of the tour, putting the band on hiatus.[35] Alice in Chains was replaced by Candlebox on the tour.

Alice in Chains (1995–96)[уреди]

While Alice in Chains was inactive during 1995, Staley joined the "grunge supergroup" Mad Season, which also featured Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, bassist John Baker Saunders from The Walkabouts and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin. Mad Season released one album, Above, for which Staley provided lead vocals and the album artwork. The album spawned a number-two single, "River of Deceit", as well as a home video release of Live at the Moore.[26] In April 1995, Alice in Chains entered Bad Animals Studio in Seattle with producer Toby Wright, who had previously worked with Corrosion of Conformity and Slayer.[36] While in the studio, an inferior version of the song "Grind" was leaked to radio, and received major airplay.[37] On October 6, 1995, the band released the studio version of the song to radio via satellite uplink. On November 7, 1995, Columbia Records released the eponymous Alice in Chains,[36] which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200,[12] and has since been certified double platinum. Of the album's four singles, "Grind", "Again", "Over Now", and "Heaven Beside You", three feature Cantrell on lead vocals. Jon Wiederhorn of Rolling Stone called the album "liberating and enlightening, the songs achieve a startling, staggering and palpable impact."[38] The song "Got Me Wrong" unexpectedly charted three years after its release on the Sap EP. The song was re-released as a single on the soundtrack for the independent film Clerks in 1995, reaching number seven on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[39] The band opted not to tour in support of Alice in Chains, adding to the rumors of drug abuse.[35][40]

Alice in Chains resurfaced on April 10, 1996, to perform their first concert in three years for MTV Unplugged, a program featuring all-acoustic set lists.[41][42] The performance featured some of the band's highest charting singles, including "Down in a Hole", "Heaven Beside You", and "Would?", and introduced a new song, "Killer Is Me". The show marked Alice in Chains' only appearance as a five-piece band, adding second guitarist Scott Olson.[41] A live album of the performance was released in July 1996, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200,[12] and was accompanied by a home video release, both of which received platinum certification by the RIAA. Alice in Chains performed four shows supporting the reunited original Kiss-lineup, with the final live appearance of Layne Staley on July 3, 1996, in Kansas City, Missouri.[43]

Hiatus and the death of Layne Staley (1996–2002)[уреди]

Although Alice in Chains never officially disbanded, Staley became a recluse, rarely leaving his Seattle condominium following the death of his ex-fiancée Demri Parrott in 1996, due to bacterial endocarditis.[26] "Drugs worked for me for years", Staley told Rolling Stone in 1996, "and now they're turning against me, now I'm walking through hell".[40] Unable to continue with new Alice in Chains material, Cantrell released his first solo album, Boggy Depot, in 1998 which also featured Sean Kinney and Mike Inez.[44] In 1998, Staley reunited with Alice in Chains to record two new songs, "Get Born Again" and "Died". Originally written for Cantrell's solo album, the songs were released in the fall of 1999 on the box set, Music Bank. The set contains 48 songs, including rarities, demos, and previous album tracks.[8] The band also released a 15-track compilation titled Nothing Safe: Best of the Box, serving as a sampler for Music Bank, as well as the band's first compilation album. A live album, simply titled Live, released on December 5, 2000, and a second compilation, titled Greatest Hits in 2001.[45]

By 2002, Cantrell had finished work on his second solo album, Degradation Trip. Written in 1998, the album's lyrical content focused heavily on what Cantrell regarded as the demise of Alice in Chains which still remained evident as the album approached its June 2002 release. However, in March that year, Cantrell commented, "We're all still around, so it's possible [Alice in Chains] could all do something someday, and I fully hope someday we will."[46]

After a decade of battling drug addiction, Layne Staley was found dead in his condominium on April 19, 2002.[47] His mother and stepfather became alarmed when accountants noticed that money was no longer being withdrawn from his accounts. With assistance from the police, they broke into his condo and made the discovery. An autopsy revealed Staley had died from a mixture of heroin and cocaine. His friends speculate that in addition to drugs, he may have contracted an illness that his body could not fight off, due to a compromised immune system. His body was discovered two weeks after his death.[47] In his last interview, which was given months before his death, Staley admitted, "I know I'm near death, I did crack and heroin for years. I never wanted to end my life this way."[48] Cantrell dedicated his 2002 solo album, released two months after Staley's death, to his memory.[49]

Reunion shows (2005–08)[уреди]

Alice in Chains' current vocalist, William DuVall performing with the band. DuVall replaced Layne Staley as the band's vocalist when Alice in Chains reformed after Staley's death.

In 2005, Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez, and Sean Kinney reunited to perform a benefit concert in Seattle for victims of the tsunami disaster that struck South Asia.[50] The band featured Damageplan vocalist Pat Lachman, with other special guests including Maynard James Keenan of Tool, and Ann Wilson of Heart.[50][51] On March 10, 2006, the surviving members performed at VH1's Decades Rock Live concert, honoring fellow Seattle musicians Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. They played "Would?" with vocalist Phil Anselmo of Pantera and Down, and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, then they played "Rooster" with Comes with the Fall vocalist William DuVall and Ann Wilson.[51] The band followed the concert with a short United States club tour, several festival dates in Europe, and a brief tour in Japan. To coincide with the band's reunion, Sony Music released the long-delayed third Alice in Chains compilation, The Essential Alice in Chains, a double album that includes 28 songs.[52]

DuVall joined Alice in Chains as lead singer during the band's reunion concerts. Velvet Revolver and ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan also joined the band for the reunion tour, playing rhythm guitar on selected songs.[51] Before the tour, Kinney mentioned in an interview that he would be interested in writing new material, but not as Alice in Chains.[53] However, AliceinChains.com reported that the band had begun writing new material, with DuVall on lead vocals.

Black Gives Way to Blue (2008–10)[уреди]

Blabbermouth.net reported in September 2008 that Alice in Chains would enter the studio that October to begin recording a new album for a summer 2009 release.[54]

In October 2008, Alice in Chains began recording its fourth studio album at the Foo Fighters' Studio 606 in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz.[55] At the Revolver Golden God Awards, Jerry Cantrell said that the group had finished recording in March 2009, and were mixing it for a September release.[56] In April 2009, it was reported that the new Alice in Chains album would be released by Virgin/EMI,[57] making it the band's first label change in its 20-plus year career. On June 11, 2009, Blabbermouth.net reported that the new album would be titled Black Gives Way to Blue, and was officially set to be released on September 29, 2009.[1] On June 30, 2009, one of the album's songs, "A Looking in View", was released as the first single from the album. It was made available for a limited time as a free download through the official Alice in Chains website in early July. The music video for "A Looking in View" debuted via Alice in Chains' official website on July 7, 2009.[58] The second single "Check My Brain" was released to radio stations on August 14, 2009, and was made available for purchase on August 17, 2009.[59] In addition, it was announced that Elton John appears on the album's title track.[60]

In September 2008, it was announced that Alice in Chains would headline Australia's Soundwave Festival in 2009, alongside Nine Inch Nails and Lamb of God.[61] In February 2009, it was also announced that Alice in Chains would play at the third annual Rock on the Range festival.[62] On August 1, 2009, Alice in Chains, along with Mastodon, Avenged Sevenfold, and Glyder, performed at Marlay Park, Dublin as a direct support to Metallica. The band made an appearance on Later Live... With Jools Holland on November 10, 2009, performing "Lesson Learned", "Black Gives Way To Blue", and "Check My Brain" as the final performance of the episode.

To coincide with the band's European tour, Alice in Chains released its next single, "Your Decision", on November 16 in the UK and was in the US on December 1.[63][64] The fourth single from the album is "Lesson Learned" and was released to rock radio in mid-June.[65] On May 18, 2010, Black Gives Way to Blue was certified gold by the RIAA for shipments of over 500,000 copies.

Along with Mastodon and Deftones, Alice In Chains toured the United States and Canada in late 2010 on the Blackdiamondskye tour, an amalgam of the three bands' latest album titles (Black Gives Way to Blue, Diamond Eyes, and Crack the Skye).

Future plans and the death of Mike Starr (2010–2011)[уреди]

In April 2010, guitarist Jerry Cantrell revealed to MTV News that Alice in Chains was contemplating making a fifth studio album in the foreseeable future. He explained, "There are thoughts. We'll see how far we get. Staying in the moment is a good way to live and we certainly hope that it happens. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't [happen]."[66] Frontman William DuVall also commented on the next album and Alice in Chains' future, "we've got a lot of water to sail before we do that. There's a lot of shows. But yeah, generally speaking, yeah, we're excited about the future. I don't anticipate some long layoff."[67]

DuVall revealed in September 2010 that Alice in Chains had not begun writing their next album yet, but "there's plenty of riffs flying around." He added, "That was the case when we first started back up. We would just stockpile these fragments, and then some time later we would sift through the mountain of stuff, and that's what became Black Gives Way to Blue. The same thing has been happening since we've been touring Black Gives Way to Blue, so it would be only natural to at some point say, 'Hey, we've got a lot of stuff. Let's sift through and see what we've got this time.'" DuVall also mentioned that it was possible that the new album would feature songs that were written for Black Gives Way to Blue.[68]

On March 8, 2011, former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr was found dead in Salt Lake City. Police told Reuters they were called to Starr's Salt Lake City home at 1:42 pm where the musician's body was found; Starr was 44. Reports later surfaced that Starr's roommate had seen him mixing methadone and anxiety medication hours before he was found dead. Later reports indicated Starr's death may have been linked to two different types of antidepressants he was prescribed by his doctor.[69][70][71] A public memorial was held for Starr at the Seattle Center's International Fountain on March 20, 2011.[72] A private memorial was also held, which Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney attended according to Mike Inez.[73]

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2011–present)[уреди]

On March 21, 2011, Metal Hammer reported that Alice in Chains would begin recording their new album at the tail end of 2011.[74]

By 2013, it had been reported through statements of both Cantrell and Inez that Alice In Chains had begun the recording process for their fifth studio album. The album was expected to be finished by summer of 2012 and released by the end of 2012 or beginning of 2013. While Alice in Chains had begun writing for a new album in 2011, Cantrell's surgery delayed recording the new material. In an interview published in May 2012, Cantrell explained, "The thing that set me back is I had some bone spurs [and] cartilage issues in my shoulders. I had the same issue in the other shoulder about six years ago so I've had them both done now. It's a repetitive motion injury from playing."[75] In December 2012, Jerry Cantrell confirmed that the new album was completed.[76] The first single from the album, "Hollow", debuted online on December 18, and was available for digital download in January 2013, with an official music video released.[77][78][79]

On February 13, 2013, Alice in Chains posted on Facebook that their new album title would be an anagram of the letters H V L E N T P S U S D A H I E E O E D T I U R R.[80] On the day after, they announced that the new album would be called The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here which was released on May 28, 2013.[81]

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200.

Musical style[уреди]

Although Alice in Chains has been labeled grunge by the mainstream media,[82] Jerry Cantrell identifies the band as primarily heavy metal. He told Guitar World in 1996: "We're a lot of different things... I don't quite know what the mixture is, but there's definitely metal, blues, rock and roll, maybe a touch of punk. The metal part will never leave, and I never want it to".[83] The Edmonton Journal has stated "Living and playing in Seattle might have got them the grunge tag, but they've always pretty much been a classic metal band to the core."[84] Over the course of their career, the band's sound has also been described as alternative metal,[44][85][86] hard rock,[44][87] sludge metal,[88][89][90][91][92][93][94] doom metal,[95] drone rock[96] and alternative rock.[44] Regarding the band's constant categorization by the media, Cantrell stated "When we first came out we were metal. Then we started being called alternative metal. Then grunge came out and then we were hard rock. And now, since we've started doing this again I've seen us listed as: hard rock, alternative, alternative metal and just straight metal. I walked into an HMV the other day to check out the placement and see what's on and they've got us relegated back into the metal section. Right back where we started!".[97] According to Mike Inez, they were always the metal stepchildren of the Seattle scene.[98]

Jerry Cantrell's guitar style combines "pummeling riffs and expansive guitar textures"[13] to create "slow, brooding minor-key grinds".[99] While down-tuned distorted guitars mixed with Staley's distinctive "snarl-to-a-scream"[13] vocals appealed to heavy metal fans, the band also had "a sense of melody that was undeniable", which introduced Alice in Chains to a much wider audience outside of the heavy metal underground.[15]

The band has been described by critics as "hard enough for metal fans, yet their dark subject matter and punky attack placed them among the front ranks of the Seattle-based grunge bands".[44] Three of the band's releases feature all acoustic music, and while the band initially kept these releases separate, Alice in Chains' self-titled album combined the styles to form "a bleak, nihilistic sound that balanced grinding hard rock with subtly textured acoustic numbers".[44]

Alice in Chains is also noted for the unique vocal harmonies of Staley (or DuVall) and Cantrell, which included overlapping passages, dual lead vocals, and trademark harmonies typically separated by a major third.[44] Alyssa Burrows said the band's distinctive sound "came from Staley's vocal style and his lyrics dealing with personal struggles and addiction".[100] Staley's songs were often considered "dark",[44] with themes such as drug abuse, depression, and suicide,[26] while Cantrell's lyrics dealt more with personal relationships.

Legacy[уреди]

Alice in Chains has sold more than 14 million albums in the United States, and around 25 million worldwide, released two number-one albums and 21 top 40 singles, and has received eight Grammy nominations. The band was ranked number 34 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.[101] Alice in Chains was named 15th greatest live band by Hit Parader,[102] with vocalist Layne Staley placing as 27th greatest heavy metal vocalist of all time.[103] The band's second album, Dirt, was named 5th best album in the last two decades by Close-Up magazine.[104] In August 2009, Alice in Chains won the Kerrang! Icon Award.[105]

Alice in Chains has had a large impact on many bands, such as Godsmack, who, according to Jon Wiederhorn of MTV, "have sonically followed Alice in Chains' lead while adding their own distinctive edge". Godsmack singer and founder Sully Erna has also cited Layne Staley as his primary influence.[106] Staind has covered Alice in Chains' song "Nutshell" live, which appears on the compilation The Singles: 1996-2006, and also wrote a song entitled "Layne", in Staley's dedication, on the album 14 Shades of Grey.[107] Three Days Grace also performs a cover of "Rooster", which can be seen on the DVD Live at the Palace. Other bands that have been inspired by Alice in Chains include Creed,[108] Nickelback,[108] Taproot, Stone Sour, Puddle of Mudd,[108] Queens of the Stone Age,[109] A Pale Horse Named Death,[110] Godsmack,[108] Smile Empty Soul, Avenged Sevenfold,[111] Cold, Hurt, Incubus,[112] Mudvayne,[113] 10 Years,[114] Breaking Benjamin,[115] Days of the New[108] and Tantric.[26] Metallica said they have always wanted to tour with the band, citing Alice in Chains as a major inspiration for their 2008 release, Death Magnetic.[116] Metallica also recorded "Rebel Of Babylon" as a tribute to Layne Staley, but the song was left off Death Magnetic due to manufacturing restrictions and then later released on 4 songs EP Beyond Magnetic.

Alice in Chains has also had a significant influence on modern heavy metal. Their songs were covered by various metal bands such as Opeth,[117] Dream Theater,[118] Secrets of the Moon,[119] Suicide Silence[120] and Grave.[121] Pantera and Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell had expressed his admiration for Jerry Cantrell's guitar work in an interview for Guitar International saying that "the layering and the honest feel that Jerry Cantrell gets on [Alice in Chains' Dirt] record is worth a lot more than someone who plays five million notes".[122] Anders Fridén of Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames cited Layne Staley as an inspiration for his vocals on the band's later albums.[123] In addition to fellow musicians, the band has also received praise from critics, with Steve Huey of Allmusic calling them "one of the best metal bands of the '90s" upon reviewing the 1999 compilation Nothing Safe.[124]

Personnel[уреди]

Crystal Clear app xmag.svg Главна статија: „Alice in Chains personnel.
Current members
  • Jerry Cantrell – lead guitar, backing and lead vocals (1987–2002, 2005–present)
  • Sean Kinney – drums, percussion, piano (1987–2002, 2005–present)
  • Mike Inez – bass, backing vocals (1993–2002, 2005–present)
  • William DuVall – lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar (2006–present)
Former members
  • Layne Staley – lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar (1987–2002; died 2002)
  • Mike Starr – bass guitar, backing vocals (1987–1993; died 2011)

Discography[уреди]

Crystal Clear app xmag.svg Главна статија: „Alice in Chains discography.

Awards and nominations[уреди]

Шаблон:Infobox musician awards Alice in Chains has received eight Grammy nominations. The band's first Grammy nomination occurred when "Man in the Box" was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1992. Alice in Chains has also received Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance for the band's 1992 album, Dirt, "I Stay Away" from 1994's Jar of Flies, "Grind" and "Again" from the band's 1995 self-titled album, and the 1999 track "Get Born Again". The music video for the song "Would?", Alice in Chains' contribution to the 1992 film, Singles, won the award for Best Video from a Film at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards.

American Music Awards

The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973.[125]

Година Номинирана Награда Исход
Шаблон:Ama Alice in Chains Favorite New Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Номинирана
Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.[19][126][127][128][129][130][131]

Година Номинирана Награда Исход
1992 "Man in the Box" Best Hard Rock Performance Номинирана
1993 Dirt Best Hard Rock Performance Номинирана
1995 "I Stay Away" Best Hard Rock Performance Номинирана
1996 "Grind" Best Hard Rock Performance Номинирана
1997 "Again" Best Hard Rock Performance Номинирана
2000 "Get Born Again" Best Hard Rock Performance Номинирана
2010 "Check My Brain" Best Hard Rock Performance Номинирана
2011 "A Looking in View" Best Hard Rock Performance Номинирана
MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV.[22][132][133]

Година Номинирана Награда Исход
Шаблон:Mtvvma "Man in the Box" Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Video Номинирана
Шаблон:Mtvvma "Would?" from Singles Best Video from a Film Победничка
Шаблон:Mtvvma "Again" Best Hard Rock Video Номинирана

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