by Casey Rea
Wait, you say: Didn't they find AIC frontman Layne Staley's partially decomposed body in his Seattle condo back in 2002?
Indeed, they did.
But after coming together to play an Asian Tsunami benefit and a Dimebag Darrell tribute concert, surviving members decided it just felt too damn good to stop.
I think it's more than a little silly for them to carry on. Like 'em or not, you have to admit that Staley was the most important member. Without his peculiar, necromantic croon, AIC would've been just another hair band with slightly heavier riffs.
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell claims they're doing it in tribute to their fallen comrade. They also want to bring the tunes to audiences that missed them the first time around.
I saw them in '91. Thought they sucked. Staley looked pretty rough even then, like a stiff wind might snap him in half.
Fuck it, I'm going.
In addition to their barely-known new singer, Phil Anselmo (ex-Pantera) will guest. He's kept a pretty low profile since Dime's onstage murder. I hear he's into the hard stuff, too.
Man, this is becoming a dirtbag metal forum!
Oh, check out a shitty bootleg of Tool's Maynard James Keenan sitting in on "Them Bones."
And "Man in the Box."