Alice in Chains' , , was released in 1994 with Inez on bass. At around this time, Inez formed the band with , from , and from. Inez has also associated with , , and. Inez is the only musician who has been a member of both bands. It just doesn't work this way. Without Sean Kinney's advanced playing, it wouldn't be as beautiful sounding.
In 1999 the band went on hiatus once again, when rumors of vocalist Layne Staley's drug abuse arose. The main singer for the band's tour was. They're more than just a beat-keeper, but merely add to the smooth guitars sections pulled off by Cantrell. Finally - all are wrecked by Layne, who is simply unable to sing properly. However, was brought in to record the bass and none of Inez's playing is on the final album. Going into this for the first time, I'll admit that I was skeptical due to the fact that I was unsure how some of these heavier tracks were gonna sound unplugged.
Perhaps the fact that there was probably so much heroin coursing through his veins at the time enhanced his ability to sound down and depressed, in turn adding more emotion to the songs. Most songs are dark and depressingly gloomy, along with other negative emotions. In 1996, Alice in Chains recorded their special, the first live performance the group had played together in three years. It messes with your pysche, really, from its hugely negative vibes. Had that song not been included, I probably would have given this album a solid 100% score.
From the first note to the last it doesnt let up. The show marked Alice in Chains' first appearance as a five-piece band, adding second guitarist. By January 1993 Inez had moved on to his next project. Accordingly, the taping took approximately three hours to finish. Sean and Mike provide a solid as usual rhythm section.
The only downfall is that some of them drag on a little too much for this type of performance. They released the , and played radio festivals in the. The group recorded although Inez did not play any live shows during the corresponding. The acoustic arrangements of the harder songs sound like novelties, and the rest sound like rehashes of their previous work, only without much energy. Title Writer s Length 1. The concentrated catharsis in Alice in Chains' music is still best heard with the amps cranked up to 11. Alice in Chains was a dark, mysterious band to begin with, but something about the going acoustic, just makes it that much more creepy.
But it lacks electricity in more ways than one. In 2005, Jerry Cantrell, Inez, and Sean Kinney reunited to perform a benefit concert in Seattle for victims of the that struck South Asia in 2004. Inez recorded with for their eponymous 1995 release , which also debuted at 1. What we have here is a crude, troubled heroin addict singing about pain and anger and trying to make it sound subtle. DuVall would go on to be made the permanent singer of the group, which has since released three studio albums with Duvall and toured extensively since 2006.
Within a month, Inez was playing live at a with Osbourne at. Jerry picks up the vocal slack quite nicely on more than a few parts. But amazingly, they actually pull this one off! It is sort of sad this was Layne Staley's last hurrah on audio before passing away 6 years later, but in the end it is a reminder of what a fantastic singer he was and the magic he could produce at will with Alice in Chains back in the '90s. He is of Filipino descent. He is also recognized for his work with from 1989-1993.
A live album of the performance was released in July 1996, which debuted at number three on the , and was accompanied by a home video release. Before I even dive into this, let me make one statement. There's a variety of reasons for their inactivity -- primarily it's due to the health of certain members -- but the lack of concerts made the performance seem special. By 2006 Inez, along with the surviving members of Alice in Chains, and , set out for a world tour with various guest singers to fill in for the late. Acoustic guitars have the ability to produce a much more beautiful sound than electric guitars, seeing that it's the correct track selection, and the artist knows how to do it right.
After their last live performance on July 3, 1996, Alice in Chains went on hiatus. Again, it's a case of an album that is designed to attract the band's core audience, which makes it a fairly entertaining effort that is essentially just an official bootleg. Inez also appeared on the 1993 Osbourne live album,. Inez also played bass and tambourine on Heart's 2004 album. The group also participated in the. It doesnt have anything uplifting about it.
This record as a whole takes many great tracks, and strips away the extra noise, smoothens them out, and showcases the vocal ability in a fantastic way. There is also quite a bit of lighthearted banter at the end of a few of the tracks, which is a nice distraction from some of the songs' doom and gloom. Inez toured throughout 1993 with Alice in Chains on the strength of the Dirt album. On the topic of vocals, Layne Staley actually sounds great for how he physically was at this time. In 2003, Black Label Society's joined Metallica; Inez replaced him in Black Label Society, joining for a short two-week west coast tour of the United States and a short tour of Japan for their album. But it hits the hardest when listened all the way through.