The Legendary Alice In Chains is back with new music. “Rainier Fog” is their sixth studio album & in stores now. Listen as Ozz talks with frontman & co-lead vocalists Willaim Duvall about making the new record and plans for the future. Click that tiny little play button now! (it’s a two parter!)
Alice in Chains is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who recruited bassist Mike Starr and lead vocalist Layne Staley. Starr was replaced by Mike Inez in 1993. After Staley’s death in 2002, William DuVall joined in 2006 as co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. The band took its name from Staley’s previous group, the glam metal band Alice N’ Chains.
Although widely associated with grunge music, the band’s sound incorporates heavy metal elements. Alice in Chains has released six studio albums, three EPs, three live albums, four compilations, two DVDs, 31 music videos and 31 singles. The band is known for its distinctive vocal style, which often included harmonizedvocals between Staley and Cantrell (and later Cantrell and William DuVall). Cantrell started to sing lead vocals on the 1992 acoustic EP Sap, and his role grew in the following albums, making Alice in Chains a two-vocal band.
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. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 20 million records worldwide, and over 14 million records in the US alone, with two No. 1 albums and six Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart. The band has had 17 Top 10 songs on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, 5 No. 1 hits, and 10 Grammy Award nominations. Their debut album, Facelift, featuring the hit single “Man In The Box”, was released in 1990 and is certified triple-platinum, selling over three million copies. In 1992, the band’s second album, Dirt, was released to critical acclaim and was certified quadruple platinum. Their second acoustic EP, Jar of Flies, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1994, becoming the first ever EP and first Alice in Chains release to top the charts, and it has been certified triple platinum. The band’s third album, Alice in Chains debuted at number one on the Billboard200 in 1995 and is certified triple platinum.
Although they have never formally disbanded, Alice in Chains was inactive from 1996 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 debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, received gold certification and two Grammy nominations. The lead single, “Check My Brain”, became the first Alice in Chains song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 92. Their fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, was released in 2013 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The band toured extensively and released several videos in support of these albums. Alice in Chains’ sixth studio album, Rainier Fog, was released on August 24, 2018. It debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200. The lead single, released several months prior to the album release is “The One You Know”, which peaked at No.9 on the Billboard Mainstream rock charts.