Hard to pick one over the other, they’re all great records. One of them is even a double, and if you want to count that as two records then that’s fine. It just means that this list goes to 11!
Alice In Chains is one band that does not need a definitive introduction to the average hard rock loyalist. But even so, for the rest of the general souls branching out to this sort of music, it’s worth a mention. Alice in Chains was one of the 4 bands out of Seattle, which burst out into the early 90’s grunge scene alongside Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Spearheaded by vocalist Layne Stayley and lead guitarist Jerry Cantrell, they belted out hits such as ‘Nutshell’, ‘Man in the box’, ‘Down in a hole’, ‘Would ?’, ‘Rooster’ and ‘Rotten Apple’ etc before they were plagued by Staley’s recurring drug addiction. Although never truly a grunge band in essence, they branched out towards a more metal oriented sound in latter records. Their characteristic sound comprised of deep ,acoustic guitars coupled with Cantrell’s skilful technical leads and an harmonized vocal style between Staley and Cantrell which was showcased in most of their tracks. Following Staley’s death ,they went off the radar only to surface in 2005 with new lead vocalist William Duvall.
Grunge is something we don’t hear much of these days. Even harder to find is a new grunge band. Inner Temple hail out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is strange to see a grunge band coming out of Philly and naturally I expected something different out of one the toughest cities in America. Nonetheless it was a welcome listen.