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What The Final Year Of Layne Staley's Life Was Really Like

For many fans, Alice in Chains epitomized the musical movement we now call "grunge." Merging the hard-hitting riffs of California's metal scene with the vulnerability and depression of the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle-based quartet created music that was heartfelt without being angsty and tough without being hilariously macho. And while much of Alice in Chains' appeal can be credited to the swampy, languid riffs of guitarist Jerry Cantrell, even more of the band's uniquely powerful sound is...

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    What The Final Year Of Layne Staley's Life Was Like

    What The Final Year Of Layne Staley's Life Was Like

    For many fans, Alice in Chains epitomized the musical movement we now call "grunge." Merging the hard-hitting riffs of California's metal scene with the vulnerability and depression of the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle-based quartet created music that was heartfelt without being angsty and tough without being hilariously macho. And while much of Alice in Chains' appeal can be credited to the swampy, languid riffs of guitarist Jerry Cantrell, even more of the band's uniquely powerful sound is owed to the vocals of original lead singer Layne Staley. Layne's full-throated crowing and pained howls expressed a pained sense of humanity that many young listeners — embracing the jarring nuances of the '90s after emerging from the pastel shallowness of the '80s — felt down to their bones.

    The Tragic Real-Life Story Of Alice In Chains

    The Tragic Real-Life Story Of Alice In Chains

    Nirvana might have been the biggest name in grunge, Pearl Jam the most enduring, and Soundgarden the most hard-hitting, but as Stephen Hill of Louder tells us, it was Alice in Chains that first brought the genre into the mainstream with their sublime 1990 debut album, Facelift. Armed with a brand new sound that incorporated elements from heavy metal to the famous grunge drop-D tuning, the twin vocals of guitarist Jerry Cantrell and the charismatic frontman, Layne Staley, and the album's most iconic single, "Man in The Box," the band were instrumental in grunge's breakthrough. With their follow-up album, Dirt, Alice in Chains proved that they were far from a one-trick pony, and singles like "Would?," "Rooster," and "Them Bones" propelled them to further success.

    Celebs Who Died On The Same Date - Grunge

    Celebs Who Died On The Same Date - Grunge

    Death is the dark enigma at the center of life, and sometimes, it comes in strange ways ... or on strange days. For instance, it's surprisingly common for people to die on their birthdays. There's also the weirdness that occurs when two famous people depart from the Earthly plane on the exact same day, within hours of each other, sometimes in really similar ways. These situations are probably just coincidences, but when they happen, they certainly feel weird.

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