Alice In Chains is celebrating their 1992 album Dirt turning 30 this month with tons of behind-the-scenes looks at the album, testimonials, and reflections on that period of time. In the latest post from Alice In Chains on their Instagram, the band showcases Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor's thoughts on the record from the upcoming book included in the Dirt deluxe vinyl edition.
"Alice In Chains changed my entire approach to songwriting," said Taylor in his thoughts on Dirt. "They showed me that you could write/marry the heavy to the beautiful and combine the sadistic with the hopeful. I've been a massive Alice In Chains fan since day one.
"I saw them open the 'Clash of the Titans' tour and was addicted from that moment. The first song I heard from Dirt was 'Would?' because it was on the Singles soundtrack. My initial thought was, 'How are they going to top this?' And holy hell, they smashed it.
"The whole album is perfection. The harmonies are perfect, the guitar tones are so thick, the passion is gorgeous, and the grooves – how the bass glues to the drums – are unfuckingtouchable. Whenever I am stuck musically, I go on a 'Chains binge, and I always start with 'Dirt'. It's just a perfect album.
"Simply put, it's one of the greatest hard rock/heavy metal albums of all time. It transcends genres. it speaks to people regardless of age or generation. It's literally a clinic on how to make nihilism and contemplation work together.
"'Would?' and 'Angry Chair' were two of the first songs Stone Sour played as a band. Joel Ekman and I would just jam the whole album together in my basement. Dirt is one of my favorite albums ever made."
Alice In Chains is currently on tour with Breaking Benjamin and Bush. You can catch 'em at one of the remaining dates below.
9/10 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion [Tickets]
9/11 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater [Tickets]
9/14 Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater [Tickets]
9/16 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion (no Bush) [Tickets]
9/17 Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman (no Bush) [Tickets]
9/20 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP [Tickets]
9/21 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre [Tickets]
9/23 Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (no Breaking Benjamin) [Tickets]
9/25 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life (Alice In Chains only) [Tickets]
9/27 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek [Tickets]
9/28 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre [Tickets]
9/30 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds [Tickets]
10/1 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre [Tickets]
10/4 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion [Tickets]
10/5 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live [Tickets]
10/7 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center [Tickets]
10/8 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center [Tickets]