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Name: Alice in Chains                                                             
Alice in Chains is an American hard rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in     
1987 by guitarist Jerry Cantrell and vocalist Layne Staley. Although widely       
associated with grunge music, the band's sound incorporates heavy metal, hard     
rock, and acoustic elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released     
three studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, four compilations, and two DVDs. 
The band is known for its distinct vocal style which often includes the           
harmonized vocals of Staley and Cantrell.                                         
Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the   
early 1990s, along with bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. It     
was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s and sold close to 11       
million albums in the United States alone. The band achieved two number-one       
Billboard 200 albums (Jar of Flies and Alice in Chains), 11 top ten singles on     
the Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, and six Grammy Award nominations.               
Although the band never officially disbanded, it has been plagued by extended     
inactivity due to problems with substance abuse, culminating in the death of       
Staley in 2002. Alice in Chains reunited in 2005 and as of 2008 are working on     
their first studio album in 13 years with new lead vocalist William DuVall.