Witching Hour Sessions – Alice In Chains

The Witching Hours Session – 05/12/2017.

Alice In Chains.

Alice in Chains are an American rock band formed in Seattlle in 1987 by Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, who then recruited Mike Starr and Layne Staley. Mike Starr was replaced in 1993 by Mike Inez.

Although widely associated with grunge music, the band’s sound incorporates heavy metal elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released five studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, four compilations, and two DVDs. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden.

Their debut album, ‘Facelift’ (1990) sold over two million copies and in 1992, the band’s second album, ‘Dirt’, was released to critical acclaim and great commercial success.

Their second acoustic EP, ‘Jar of Flies’, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in 1994, becoming the first ever EP and first Alice in Chains release to top the charts. The band’s third album, ‘Alice in Chains’, was released in 1995 and it achieved No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 chart. The band has had 16 top ten songs on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and nine Grammy Award nominations.

Although never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains was plagued by extended inactivity from 1996 onwards due to Staley’s substance abuse, which resulted in his death in 2002. The band reunited in 2005 for a live benefit show, performing with a number of guest vocalists. They toured in 2006, with William DuVall taking over as lead vocalist full-time. The new line-up released the band’s fourth studio album, ‘Black Gives Way to Blue’,in 2009, which received gold certification by the RIAA and three Grammy nominations. Their fifth studio album, ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, was released in 2013. The band toured extensively and released several videos in support of these albums.

Tonight’s listening;

Dirt (1992)

Black Gives Way To Blue (2009)

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013)

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