Discover New Music

Last.fm is a music discovery service that gives you personalised recommendations based on the music you play.

Start your Last.fm profile Close window

Alice in Chains

Tags

Everyone’s tags

More tags

Biography

Seattle, Washington, United States (1987 – 2002, 2005 – present)

Alice in Chains is a band that was formed in 1987 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Drawing equally from the heavy riffing of and the gloomy strains of what would become , the band developed a bleak, nihilistic sound that balanced grinding riffs with subtly textured moments. They were hard enough for fans, but their subject matter and -fueled attack placed them among the front ranks of the Seattle-based bands. This dichotomy helped the group soar to critical acclaim and multi-platinum status with their first albums, 1990’s ‘Facelift’ and 1992’s ‘Dirt’, yet it also divided them. Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Jerry Cantrell always leaned toward the mainstream, while Layne Staley felt fascinated with the seamy underground lyrically and musically. Such tension drove the band toward stardom in their early years. Following ‘Dirt’, however, Alice in Chains suffered from near-crippling internal tensions that kept the band off the road for the remainder of the , and personal tragedy soon would strike.

The idea for the group arose from the band members’ mutual interest in , powerful and music. Formed in 1987 by Staley, guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist MIKE STARR, and drummer Sean Kinney, the outfit was first named “Alice N’ Chains” and featured a different image in terms of clothes and stage performances, although they still had a tough edge to their music. The guys later changed it to “Alice in Chains” as things came together.

Videos

Top Albums

Events

Add event

Listening Trend

1,798,303listeners all time
68,989,907scrobbles all time
#232 in last week’s chart
Recent listeners trend:

Start scrobbling and track your listening history

Last.fm users scrobble the music they play in iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and over 200 other music players.

Create a Last.fm profile

Shoutbox

Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.
  • KillYourselff

    Всегда нравились больше, чем нирвана.

    6 hours ago Reply
  • TwoZeroOne

    Well,,, The second time, they played it the day before too but I don't think there's any footage of that performance yet.

    23 Jul 7:35pm Reply
  • TwoZeroOne

    Alice in chains playing Bleed the Freak for the first time since 2006 :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXxzoMFoODc

    23 Jul 6:50pm Reply
  • TwoZeroOne

    It's called stage presence.

    20 Jul 10:36pm Reply
  • Piyei

    I love this band and like their last 2 albums, but they feel pretty different comparing with their earlier stuff. IMHO, now it feels like Jerry Cantrell's solo band (don't get me wrong, those albums are awesome) and lacks of the melancholy that Layne drew to the band (even if when he wasn't as important as Jerry to the music itself). Though, I would still respect them as a band, if it wasn't for the new guy in vocals. HE SUCKS ASS, not because of his voice (which isnt bad at all), just for what he is. I saw them live 4 years ago and he sucks sooo much. Doing pelvic movements to the crowd and looking like a nowadays mtv rockstar, incluiding that shitty attitude you would expect from somelike looking like that. You can't even imagine how disappointed I was. Overall the show was great, but it felt so plastic, so fake. I still consider AiC one of my fav bands, but they changed so much (not talking just about music here), that I would prefer to think they don't exist anymore.

    15 Jul 3:17am Reply
  • cantrells

    I will tell you just one thing... you find it fair to Jerry Cantrell (who wrote {most} of the music and songs you love to listen... because it wasn't Layne.) to not keep going with what he {mostly} and his friends created? Why then they didn't change the name of the band when Mike Starr left? since he was a key member too then they should've changed the name to something else huh? do you like... see... how fucking dumb it sounds? do you?

    7 Jul 3:58am Reply
  • cantrells

    "Screw the new AIC. Layne fuckin' Staley forever" More like screw no Layne no Chains fans, AIC FOREVER.

    7 Jul 3:50am Reply
  • Brenutka

    Screw the new AIC. Layne fuckin' Staley 4 ever. [2] yes yes yes

    28 Jun 12:50pm Reply
  • -Miles-

    Doesn't matter if I think that DuVall wasn't a best choice even if he is a good singer. I would prefer this guy or someone singing with this kind of power and charisma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrQIOm-cADw

    24 Jun 10:52pm Reply
  • -Miles-

    @nogod667 perhaps I shouldn't judge looking at numbers of scrobbles at last.fm. It's because I've seen to many teenagers speaking about Alice in Chains and their right to continue their work or not. Again, Angry Chair, Died, Hate to Feel, Nutshell, Fear the Voices, I Stay Away - songs written by Layne. I guess You know much more Alice in Chains songs? ;) Tell me how Alice in Chains diong their job could be "offending to Layne"? New albums, every gig is bringing Layne to the younger rock/metal fans. I belive hat a lot of them couldn't now much about Alice in Chains without band doing their job. If You disagree maybe You should visit AC/DC shoutbox and say t"Screw new AC/DC, Bon Scott forever". At least in case of Bon Scott it was addiction and accident. In case of Layne Staley it looks like addiction and choice. Guys were waitnig for him a long time when he didn't care. They were waiting pretty long as a mourn time. Now it's their time.Peace

    24 Jun 10:50pm Reply
  • nogod667

    @ -Miles- : Hey man, I can see we are similar in age (I'm 36), so believe me when I say that I have listened to A LOT of AIC in my teen years during the 90s (and way before last.fm and the internet revolution in general). A LOT! I just miss Layne man, that's all. And I believe that Jerry ought to have used another "band" name if he so wanted to continue to release music (like he did with his 2 personal albums, no problem with that!). I find what he did (using the AIC name) kinda offending to Layne imho. So all in all if I had to choose between the two, it would definitely be the old AIC with Layne. Cheers and peace m8 :)

    22 Jun 3:05pm Reply
  • Satan1st

    Layne ♥

    21 Jun 1:21pm Reply
  • -Miles-

    nogod667 Perhaps You should listen to songs like Pretty Done, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, Last of My Kind or A Looking in View and then say isn't that Alice in Chains and grunge at it's best. Perhaps You should listen more Alice in Chains at all to provaide here any respectful opinion. Obviously I miss Layne, I am sure that Jerry and guys should continue their work and I am not sure DuVall was the best choice.

    19 Jun 10:55pm Reply
  • nogod667

    Screw the new AIC. Layne fuckin' Staley 4 ever.

    18 Jun 12:35am Reply
  • nnnienke

    R.I.P. Best program ever http://headbangers-ball.tumblr.com/

    17 Jun 11:56pm Reply
  • kspsml

    2k....

    6 Jun 10:58am Reply
  • promisedeyes

    It's "Mike Starr" and "Layne Staley" not "MIKE STARR" and "LAYNE STALEY". Can some admin fix things with the annoying capitals?

    5 Jun 8:14pm Reply
  • EDRORR

    Today Im feeling like listening to Tripod over and over all night ....

    5 Jun 1:33am Reply
  • st-lilith

    Layne <3 [5] RIP :(

    25 May 10:19pm Reply
  • ObieXibir

    Jerry!! <3

    11 May 7:41pm Reply
  • All 10619 shouts