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5 Bands Keeping Layne Staley's Legacy Alive

Posted by Thomas Spillane on

This week marks fifteen years since the tragic death of original Alice In Chains frontman, Layne Staley.

Battling with depression and substance abuse for most of his life, Staley created music with Alice In Chains that contained great emotional breadth. The depth of the music Staley made with the band was nothing but complimented by his iconic voice. Simultaneously fragile and powerful, the late frontman was extremely talented at conveying emotion.

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Staley passed away from a drug overdose in 2002, leaving behind a rich legacy. Many bands since, including both rock and heavy metal acts, have been influenced by the mark Staley left on the world. To celebrate the life of one of alternative music’s best frontmen, we present with you today, in no particular order, five bands that are keeping Staley’s legacy alive.

Stone Sour

Stone Sour are a Slipknot side project featuring vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root. They have released six albums, their most recent being Hydrograd (2017).

Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold are a metalcore band who have experienced a similar tragedy Alice In Chains did with Staley. Founding member of the band, drummer and backup vocalist, The Rev, passed away from a drug overdose in 2009. The band have had a number of different drummers since then including former Dream Theater drummer, Mike Portnoy.

Three Days Grace

Three Days Grace are a post-grunge band that wear their ’90 alternative influences on their sleeve. The band gained popularity in the early 2000s with track such as “I Hate Everything About You” and “Just Like You”. They have released five albums, with their latest being Human (2015).


Metallica were a massive influence on Alice In Chains when they started out. However, in coming full circle, Staley had his own influence on the thrash metal titans after his death. Apparently the vocal harmonies on St. Anger (2003) were influenced heavily by the Alice In Chain’s frontman. Death Magnetic (2008) is also supposed to be partly inspired by the memory of Staley.


Perhaps the most obviously influenced band by Staley, Godsmack take their name from a song on Alice In Chains’ Dirt (1992). The band have released six studio albums with their most recent being 1000hp (2014).

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