Alice in Chains is an American rock lineup formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitar player Jerry Cantrell and singer Layne Staley. Although widely associated with grunge music, the band’s style of music incorporates heavy metal and acoustic elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released four studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, four compilations, and two DVDs. The ensemble is known for its distinct vocal style which frequently included the harmonized vocals of Staley and Cantrell.
Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge era of the early 1990s, along with other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. The band was one of the most popular material acts of the 1990s, selling over 17 million units worldwide. The group achieved two number-one Billboard 200 units (Jar of Flies and Alice in Chains), 14 top ten music on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and seven Grammy Award nominations.
Although never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains was plagued by extended inactivity due to substance abuse, culminating in the death of Layne Staley in 2002. Alice in Chains reunited in 2005 with new lead vocalist William DuVall and put forth Black Gives Way to Blue, their first studio record in 14 years, on September 29, 2009.