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It's hard not to feel for Alice in Chains — all the guys in the band were lifers, all except lead singer Layne Staley, who never managed to exorcise his demons, succumbing to drug addiction in 2002. Alice in Chains stopped being a going concern long before that, all due to Staley's addictions, and it took guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez, and drummer Sean Kinney a long time to decide to regroup, finally hiring William DuVall as Staley's replacement and delivering Black Gives Way to Blue a full 14 years after the band's last album. To everybody's credit, Black Gives Way to Blue sounds like it could have been delivered a year after Alice in Chains: it's unconcerned with fashion; it's true to their dark, churning gloom rock; and if you're not paying attention too closely, it's easy to mistake DuVall for his predecessor. There's a difference between desperately attempting to recapture past glories and reconnecting with their roots, and Alice in Chains fall into the latter category. While they'll never be mistaken for a feel-good band, there is a palpable sense of relief that they get to play together again as a band, and what's remarkable is that they still sound like themselves, capturing that weird murk halfway between '80s metal and '90s northwestern sludge, reminding us that we were missing something in their absence.

Customer Reviews

Great album!

This album is fantastic! It is a lot like their first few albums: deep, dark, mysterious, dim. It's just great. The singers voice is awesome, and the guitars are really nice. Really think about the lyrics- they are GREAT! Some of the best songs off this album are: Your Decision, A Looking in View, When the Sun Rose Again, The Last of My Kind, All Secrets Known, and Check My Brain... Also Your Decision. Definitely a great album, especially for the price! Fantastic job, Alice In Chains!

BGWTB is a treasured jewel

I adore this album! Should have gotten this ages ago. Big mistake on my part for which I'm deeply embarrassed. AIC is touching and in your face and often at the same time. Hats off!

One of their best!

Excellent album. Every song is great. Buy it.


Formed: 1987 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In many ways, Alice in Chains was the definitive heavy metal band of the early '90s. Drawing equally from the heavy riffing of post-Van Halen metal and the gloomy strains of post-punk, the band developed a bleak, nihilistic sound that balanced grinding hard rock with subtly textured acoustic numbers. They were 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. While this dichotomy helped the group soar to...
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Black Gives Way To Blue, Alice In Chains
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: Sep 29, 2009
  • Parental Advisory

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