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Release date: 29 September 1992
Style: Grunge , Heavy metal

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01. Them Bones
02. Dam That River
03. Rain When I Die
04. Down In A Hole
05. Sickman
06. Rooster
07. Junkhead
08. Dirt
09. God Smack
10. Iron Gland (Unlisted) [feat Tom Araya]
11. Hate To Feel
12. Angry Chair
13. Would?

Top 20 albums of 1992: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 57

Review
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Guest review by
Nosurper

Rating:
9.7
Dirt is a cathartic classic and an album that deserves a review of some kind. Haunting harmonies encompass lyrics that depreciate and belittle. Their vocal tones can truly hypnotize the listener. Yes, Alice In Chains waste no time in shoveling the weight of their sound onto you, with "Them Bones", providing a summary of the themes of the album. "I believe them bones are me."

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published 29.09.2012 | Comments (10)

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Cynic Metalhead - 05.07.2011 at 19:25  
Rating: 9
JD - 05.07.2011 at 19:31  
Rating: 10 One of the best albums in the history of grunge.
Cuca Beludo - 09.10.2011 at 23:18  
  I noticed that most of the metalheads that listen to Grunge preffer Alice In Chains than any other grunge band. Peoples who listen to Rock preffer Pearl Jam than any other grunge band... So... What about Nirvava? They're not the most succesfull band in the scene? And why Stone Temple Pilots isn't featured in MS? STP kick the ass of any other grunge band!
!J.O.O.E.! - 09.10.2011 at 23:23  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 09.10.2011 at 23:18

I noticed that most of the metalheads that listen to Grunge preffer Alice In Chains than any other grunge band. Peoples who listen to Rock preffer Pearl Jam than any other grunge band... So... What about Nirvava? They're not the most succesfull band in the scene? And why Stone Temple Pilots isn't featured in MS? STP kick the ass of any other grunge band!

STP were mostly copycats, albeit very enjoyable copycats. I'd take Pearl Jam over all other grunge bands. I'd also say that Soundgarden would be the favourite of metalheads as they're the most metal (hence why they're on here and Nirvana and STP are not).
Cuca Beludo - 09.10.2011 at 23:29  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.10.2011 at 23:23

Written by Guest on 09.10.2011 at 23:18

I noticed that most of the metalheads that listen to Grunge preffer Alice In Chains than any other grunge band. Peoples who listen to Rock preffer Pearl Jam than any other grunge band... So... What about Nirvava? They're not the most succesfull band in the scene? And why Stone Temple Pilots isn't featured in MS? STP kick the ass of any other grunge band!

Soundgarden would be the favourite of metalheads as they're the most metal (hence why they're on here and Nirvana and STP are not).


I agree in this passage.
Susan - 10.10.2011 at 01:47  
Rating: 10 Ahh, Dirt. One of the most perfect albums ever recorded.

And agreed with the statement that most metalheads prefer Alice In Chains to other grunge bands. AIC has always had not only a much heavier edge, but a visceral aspect that many other grunge bands lacked. That's what we metalheads crave, I'd say.
Angelic Storm - 10.10.2011 at 02:44  
Rating: 10 I've always said that AIC were only lumped in with other grunge bands because of where they came from, rather than their actual sound. This album in particular is far more metal than anything else, the influence of Sabbath on a lot of the riffing is undeniable. The album itself is a caustic, vicious, despairing, but also beautiful masterpiece. Definitely one of my fave albums of all time.

And I agree with the above comment about Soundgarden.
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.10.2011 at 09:41  
Rating: 9 AIC and SOundgarden took their influences from metal whereas Nirvana mostly from punk, same for Mudhoney btw.
Especially AIC's Facelift is almost pure metal more so than Dirt
JCJen7 - 10.10.2011 at 10:07  
  I think it does sound a lot like other 'grunge' bands at the time, but yeah it was definately a lot more on the metal side, while Nirvana took a lot more punk and sometimes noise influences.
However, to me it does have that kinda wierd vibe to it, that bands like Soundgarden especially shared, espeically in the way the vocals were presented.
Boxcar Willy - 30.10.2011 at 18:21  
Rating: 9 Me likey
Cuca Beludo - 24.01.2012 at 17:00  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 30.10.2011 at 18:21

Me likey


Me too.
Evil Chip - 04.02.2012 at 04:40  
Rating: 9 I still like the self named the most. Very good album though.
Korah - 01.03.2012 at 20:48  
Rating: 9 Would you love Would ?
Cuca Beludo - 05.03.2012 at 04:19  
 
Written by Korah on 01.03.2012 at 20:48

Would you love Would ?


Of course! My favorite AiC song
musicalkaratekid - 03.05.2012 at 17:48  
Rating: 9 It may be predictable to say, but 'Dirt' is a monumental album, not merely of the grunge genre, but of 90's metal itself. So much groove and heaviness is contained within this album it's hard not to bang your head whenever possible. Opening madly enough with 'Them Bones' and closing almost grandiosely with the sensual yet mysterious 'Would?', there isn't a single instance where this album disappoints the listener. Some may get tired of the slower songs midway through the album, but a few more listens and it is certainly worthwhile to see the variation in sound here. Oh, and another thing, i was born in the year that this album was released, significantly on the same date that Layne Staley was born. Coincidence it may be, but Staley was blessed with a beautiful voice, so it seems.
Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 01:22  
Rating: 10 I worship!
Ace Frawley - 13.06.2012 at 09:56  
Rating: 10 This is all killer, no filler. Remember seeing them live in Sydney when they were touring in support of this album. Great show. And I saw Layne Staley and Mike Inez in Kings Cross later that night and they both signed my tour t-shirt, which was nice of them. Still got it, of course.
Susan - 13.06.2012 at 18:53  
Rating: 10
Written by Ace Frawley on 13.06.2012 at 09:56

This is all killer, no filler. Remember seeing them live in Sydney when they were touring in support of this album. Great show. And I saw Layne Staley and Mike Inez in Kings Cross later that night and they both signed my tour t-shirt, which was nice of them. Still got it, of course.


That's amazing. I am so jealous
Hel - 03.09.2012 at 00:07  
  By far my favourite album, and Alice In Chains were the first band I liked.
Angry Chair - 19.09.2012 at 21:17  
Rating: 10 This album is in a league of its own. If you have not heard it go and listen NOW.

megadeath13 - 17.11.2012 at 13:03  
  What a timeless classic from Alice in Chains, It should get much more attention than the overrated Nirvana
Dentura - 16.07.2013 at 03:33  
Rating: 9 An excellent slab of 90s Grunge/Metal! So many awesome songs to choose off of this one (including "Them Bones" which I first heard off of ATV Offroad Fury for the PS2, and was my first exposure to them). Amazing stuff.
Unhealer - 16.07.2013 at 04:43  
Rating: 9
Written by Dentura on 16.07.2013 at 03:33

An excellent slab of 90s Grunge/Metal! So many awesome songs to choose off of this one (including "Them Bones" which I first heard off of ATV Offroad Fury for the PS2, and was my first exposure to them). Amazing stuff.


Similar as my case, only that I heard it in GTA San Andreas on Radio X.
Didn't know that was AIC until a couple years later, good times.
Dentura - 16.07.2013 at 14:22  
Rating: 9
Written by Unhealer on 16.07.2013 at 04:43

Written by Dentura on 16.07.2013 at 03:33

An excellent slab of 90s Grunge/Metal! So many awesome songs to choose off of this one (including "Them Bones" which I first heard off of ATV Offroad Fury for the PS2, and was my first exposure to them). Amazing stuff.


Similar as my case, only that I heard it in GTA San Andreas on Radio X.
Didn't know that was AIC until a couple years later, good times.


Yeah, I didn't know the song playing in the background was Alice in Chains until several years later or so, since I was a little kid at the time and wasn't aware enough to know who AiC was. I just remembered how the music sounded and was like "oh yeah! I remember playing to that!".
Lião - 23.10.2013 at 20:50  
 
Written by Unhealer on 16.07.2013 at 04:43

Written by Dentura on 16.07.2013 at 03:33

An excellent slab of 90s Grunge/Metal! So many awesome songs to choose off of this one (including "Them Bones" which I first heard off of ATV Offroad Fury for the PS2, and was my first exposure to them). Amazing stuff.


Similar as my case, only that I heard it in GTA San Andreas on Radio X.
Didn't know that was AIC until a couple years later, good times.


My case is similar as well. I first heard this song on Guitar Hero 2
Zaphod - 27.01.2014 at 09:45  
  Terribly average album
Don't see why everyone thinks this is so great.
Ace Frawley - 28.01.2014 at 03:28  
Rating: 10
Written by Zaphod on 27.01.2014 at 09:45

Terribly average album
Don't see why everyone thinks this is so great.


If you can't see why it's great, then I don't think anyone can really explain it to you.
deadone - 28.01.2014 at 04:18  
Rating: 9 Yeah, this is AIC's masterpiece.
Marcel Hubregtse - 28.01.2014 at 11:43  
Rating: 9 A totally brilliant album.
Zaphod - 28.01.2014 at 16:29  
 
Written by Ace Frawley on 28.01.2014 at 03:28

If you can't see why it's great, then I don't think anyone can really explain it to you.

Well, people could explain what they think is great about it, but I doubt I'd agree.
Ace Frawley - 30.01.2014 at 03:20  
Rating: 10
Written by Zaphod on 28.01.2014 at 16:29

Written by Ace Frawley on 28.01.2014 at 03:28

If you can't see why it's great, then I don't think anyone can really explain it to you.

Well, people could explain what they think is great about it, but I doubt I'd agree.


The review by Nosurper is worth reading, but yes, I agree with you - are are unlikely to agree with someone who rates the album a 9 or 10.
DyingWorld - 30.01.2014 at 04:01  
Rating: 10 "Dirt" gets a perfect 10 from me. It's a masterpiece, through and through. One of the most nihilistic albums in rock, for sure. So much misery and sickness to behold. I refuse to use the term "grunge" because to me, that is not a genre but more of a fashion. Alice in Chains are a rock n roll band and "Dirt" is their crowning achievement.
Lit. - 30.01.2014 at 06:18  
 
Written by Zaphod on 28.01.2014 at 16:29

Well, people could explain what they think is great about it, but I doubt I'd agree.

I'd call that being wrong in the first place then, or at least being in a small minority, because you're probably the first person I've seen on the internet to outright state not like this album. Even !J.O.O.E! gave it a 7.
Ace Frawley - 30.01.2014 at 09:58  
Rating: 10
Written by DyingWorld on 30.01.2014 at 04:01

"Dirt" gets a perfect 10 from me. It's a masterpiece, through and through. One of the most nihilistic albums in rock, for sure. So much misery and sickness to behold. I refuse to use the term "grunge" because to me, that is not a genre but more of a fashion. Alice in Chains are a rock n roll band and "Dirt" is their crowning achievement.


Couldn't have said it better myself. For me, it was a great time because when the album came out I was the age you are now and saw them live in Sydney and it was a real buzz. I've never seen Alice in Chains again, although that is about to change in a few weeks when I see them again at Soundwave, albeit with a different line-up.
Zaphod - 30.01.2014 at 22:51  
 
Written by Lit. on 30.01.2014 at 06:18

I'd call that being wrong in the first place then, or at least being in a small minority, because you're probably the first person I've seen on the internet to outright state not like this album. Even !J.O.O.E! gave it a 7.

There is no being wrong about liking and not liking an album, but yes, I indeed appear to be in a small minority
Written by Ace Frawley on 30.01.2014 at 03:20

The review by Nosurper is worth reading, but yes, I agree with you - are are unlikely to agree with someone who rates the album a 9 or 10.

Yes, I might read that review since it could at least give me an idea of why many consider this a masterpiece.
MichaelAngeloT - 11.08.2014 at 01:19  
Rating: 8 Great Album...Great Layne.... R.I.P.
Diverge - 11.08.2014 at 07:09  
Rating: 9
Written by Zaphod on 30.01.2014 at 22:51

Written by Lit. on 30.01.2014 at 06:18

I'd call that being wrong in the first place then, or at least being in a small minority, because you're probably the first person I've seen on the internet to outright state not like this album. Even !J.O.O.E! gave it a 7.

There is no being wrong about liking and not liking an album, but yes, I indeed appear to be in a small minority
Written by Ace Frawley on 30.01.2014 at 03:20

The review by Nosurper is worth reading, but yes, I agree with you - are are unlikely to agree with someone who rates the album a 9 or 10.

Yes, I might read that review since it could at least give me an idea of why many consider this a masterpiece.

Yeah I think it's very easy to see why this would appeal to a lot of people. It's widely regarded as a masterpiece for pretty obvious reasons given a single listen of the album. The engaging lyrical matter, powerful songwriting abilities, great instrumental and vocal performances pretty much speak for themselves, and it's all framed around a very harrowing concept with excellent tracks sprinkled right at the beginning, middle and end very nicely. Even the filler isn't that bad. It shouldn't really be that much of a surprise.

That being said, I personally prefer the styling of Soundgarden; I always found AiC a bit too direct and not quite as nuanced and adventurous as Soundgarden was. So maybe your dislike of the album might stem from the dynamical issues associated with it (ie. I find AiC nails the heavy metal feeling in many songs, like Them Bones, and nail the more unnerving melodic songs, like Dirt or some of their work on Jar of Flies, but have more difficulty weaving them in and developing them within a single song). I also find it grows a little tiresome over time, but they generally have enough variety for me to spin it multiple times when I'm in my "alternative metal phase".

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