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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 02:46 pm
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Erick Von Erich wrote: That Alice in Chains/Warrant story is interesting. When AiC first came out in late 1990 with the single "We Die Young", they were going for that hair band/pop metal vibe. I remember seeing it and thinking they were like a Lynch Mob, Babylon AD, Love/Hate or any other second/third level metal band.

Then, about 3-4 months later, they released "Man in the Box" as a single and they had changed quite a bit... even though it was the same album. So, uh, good marketing?

That summer (1991) they were the opener on the "Clash of the Titans" tour with Slayer and Anthrax. They were almost boo'ed off the stage when they played the Red Rocks (Denver) stop.

So I always thought the "grunge" thing was a little unfair, especially to AiC and Soundgarden. I feel that they were metal bands, first, and got lumped with grunge for marketing purposes.

Alice In Chains’ first album is one of my all-time favorites and I’ve always viewed it as metal. At the very least, it bridges the gap between the genres. They went grungier after that, but I like all their albums, even the new stuff post-Layne. AIC at Hammerstein Ballroom this year was my favorite concert of 2018. Cantrell still kills it and the Duvall, who has probably been the singer now longer than Layne was, is really phenomenal singing Layne’s material. 

This thread was great before AA ruined it.