The Seattle grunge movement of the late eighties spawned many a band, and Alice In Chains was one of the most well-known, as well as one of the more traditionally metallic (more so than they are given credit for). Their crooning harmony vocal style has been imitated by many bands over the last decade, certainly enough to qualify them as an influential band. Well-publicized drug problems (mostly centering around Layne Staley) surfaced as early as the Dirt era, making it rather plain that the band was probably not going to survive long term. They were dormant for several years following Layne Staley's death in 2002. The surviving band members reunited for a benefit concert in 2005, and during these reunion concerts William DuVall joined as lead singer of the band. Rumors began that the surviving members and DuVall would hit the studios and release new material under a new band name. However, AliceInChains.com reported that the band began writing new material. This new material became Black Gives Way to Blue, which was released in 2009. In 2011, as news of a fifth album (The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here) grew, bassist Mike Starr was found dead.
Current lineup: William DuVall - vocals Jerry Cantrell - guitars, vocals Sean Kinney - drums, percussion Mike Inez - bass, guitar