Alice in Chains are the heaviest of all the "Big 4" grunge bands, so it's no wonder that they toured with metal bands like Pantera and Slayer in the early Nineties, and became a metalhead favorite.
Count among AIC's metalhead fans Zakk Wylde, of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society fame. In celebration of the Seattle sons' sophomore album, Dirt, turning 30, Wylde revealed to Metal Hammer his favorite song in the band's entire catalog. Naturally, it's a heavy one: Dirt power ballad "Down in a Hole." See what he had to say about it below.
"Down in a Hole"
I remember being on the road with Alice in Chains, and Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley came into my dressing room to jam on my electric guitar. So I was getting them to blast those songs out, playing the whole Dirt album, basically! They get to "Down in a Hole" and I'm just floored — it's so epic, and obviously when you hear the production on that track, you really feel it. The melody is amazing.