Alice in Chains ( AIC ) is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington State. Formed in 1987 by guitarist Jerry Cantrell and singer Layne Staley>, it is one of the most acclaimed grunge bands, and is considered an integral part of Big Four of Seattle alongside Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden>.
Their musical style includes dark and heavy rhythms, but is very melodic and is also characterized by a variety of sounds, making it difficult to accurately classify the group. The band is generally categorized as grunge, but is inspired by 1970s heavy metal containing elements from Black Sabbath heavy riffs and melodic hard rock elements similar to Led Zeppelin's musical style, intertwined with softer compositions and more clean in a more acoustic style. Harmonized voice lines are another feature of the group>.
The band gains an international fame thanks to the album Dirt , and the first promotional single of the album Would? become one of the most popular representatives of rock in the 1990s. The band counts more than 25 million albums sold worldwide>, including 14 million in the States >>> STATES. After their publication, the albums Jar of Flies and Alice in Chains reach the top places in the US rankings >>>. Jar of Flies is their first EP to reach the top of the rankings >>>. The band is also named nine times at the Grammy Awards.
The group was never officially dissolved, but when singer Layne Staley died in April 2002, he suspended his activity until 2005, when Staley was replaced by singer William DuVall.