Was Alice in Chains a Metal Band?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Aram, Jun 9, 2003.

  1. Yes, they are metal

    25 vote(s)
  2. No, they're not metal

    30 vote(s)
  1. Aram


    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    I've been having a months-long argument with my friend over whether AIC was a metal band or not. I want to know what the TB community thinks (and why).

  2. OneCoolDog


    Oct 15, 2002
    Alabama, USA
    I think "Heaven Beside You" would say that they aren't, but you can't judge it all on one song. I'd call them more of a rock band, but that's just me. Hey, they sold (and sell) whatever stereotype/label they were.
  3. You should define "Metal" first, or tell him to think whatever he wants and cut it off.

    Alice in Chains is Alice in Chains.
  4. fivestringdan

    fivestringdan Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    Little Rock, AR
    They were a GREAT band!!
  5. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Yes and no and it doesnt matter.

    Yes, they were a metal band. No, they were a grunge band. Id call them grunge metal.

    It doenst mater anyways though since genres and names dont really mean anything.

    Chances are if you fit into a specific genre perfectly, you arent doing anything special or new. Non really describe any sound good enough anyways.

  6. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA

    Thank you god.

    I like the "It doesnt matter" part the best.
  7. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    If metal = predominantly heavy angry rock then AIC = metal. But it really doesn't matter...
  8. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i saw them open for anthrax, megadeth and slayer. so they are metal. :spit:

  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Me too. Whatever type if music they were, they were great.
  10. Aram


    Feb 2, 2003
    New York, NY
    Hey guys,

    Thanks for your input so far. Perhaps this needs a little further clarification.

    I definitely acknowledge that AIC is a great band, and as such they shouldn't be lumped into a single catagory such as 'alternative', 'grunge', etc. Nevertheless, I posted the poll to see what other musicians would consider this band to be IF they had to choose a genre to put them in. This was mainly intended to satiate my own curiosity, and I guess to be a mental exercise of sorts. For that resason, I didn't put a 'who cares' catagory. If you don't care, you needn't vote, comment or view the thread at all. If it's an inappropriate thread topic then moderators feel free to delete it. I was just curious as to the view of other talkbass members, that's all.

    I think it was Plato who said 'the unexamined life is not worth living.' :)

  11. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    No, not metal. They were a COOL Band!
  12. You seem to be implying metal and cool are completely independent ;)
  13. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    now we all knwo that's impossible! :rolleyes: ;)
  14. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    They WERE metal in the 80's, but then their style changed to more of a grunge or alternative sound. And they had that acoustic EP Jar of Flies, too.
  15. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Not at all, Alice in Chains had STYLE! I recognized the music as being unique before even classifying it.

    I just thought: "yep, these guys is cool!"

    Even the great Metal Bands have style as much as they're METAL.
  16. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    ME TOO!!!
  17. leanne


    May 29, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    Facelift was metal to me, at the time when it came out.

    The rest of the albums, no.

    They were my favorite band for a long time. :)
  18. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    I saw them open for King's X in 1990. I thought that they were a rock band. Great Live.
    Just because you open for someone does not mean you are in the same genre.
  19. I think they and Soundgarden proved that you didn't have to be a phallocentric longhair to be metal.