Alice in Chains released their third full-length album on Nov. 7, 1995. The self-titled effort marks the band’s final album with vocalist Layne Staley, who passed away in 2002.
The LP debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and has sold more than 3 million copies, spawning the singles “Grind,” “Heaven Beside You,” “Over Now” and “Again.”
The effort expands on the signature sound Alice in Chains captured on their 1992 album Dirt, including down-tuned heavy guitars, chilling vocal harmonies and lyrics focusing on depression, isolation and death. It’s runs the gamut from super heavy songs like “Grind” and “Head Creeps” to epic compositions like “Frogs” and fan favorite “Sludge Factory,” to the hauntingly beautiful song “Over Now.” The album continues the band’s evolution with more melodic and moody acoustic sounds they tapped into on their Jar of Flies EP, which is mixed with a ton of dissonance with super heavy guitar riffs from Jerry Cantrell.