Saturday, September 25, 2010

Demo: Diamond Lie - 1987 Demo

look at that picture up there

take a long hard look at it wouldn't think a band that looks like that would write such songs as "man in the box" or "hate to feel" or "god am"...would you?

but they did

in case you hadn't already put it together...that's alice in chains

before they became the sludge factory they were known as...they were a glam/funk metal band known as diamond lie...then alice 'n chains

i don't know exactly happened to the band in the 3 years between this and the FACELIFT album (i'm thinking someone switched their cocaine with heroin)...but i'm glad it did because i prefer my alice in chains with less funk and less cowbell and less synth

and am i the only one that hears early motley crue all over this?

DL: 1987 demo


  1. but wait, wasn't Alice n Chainz Layne Staley's hair metal band before he joined Jerry Cantrell's band Diamond Lie which THEN became Alice in Chains? Am I completely messed up on this?

    It is hard to tell whats going on in that photo.

  2. the band that brought them all together was diamond lie

    so maybe this is diamond lie and not alice 'n chains...the demo was labeled as the latter

    diamond lie it is

  3. Yes Cara is right...Layne was in Alice N Chainz and Jerry was in Diamond Lie...Layne sang for both bands...Jerry wanted a commitment from Layne and eventually Layne after being pissed off about Jerry holding auditions to replace Layne he said Ok and the band became Alice in Chains...

    Here is were Layne tells the whole story!

  4. weird stuff. very weird. well, if we think about it, facelift still holds a lot of glam metal colour...this demo makes this shade of the record a lot more...hum, clear.
    oh, would i bore you a lil? if you had it would you consider posting the solomon grundy album someday later? it would make me very very happy!please?

    all o good,

  5. This is not Diamond Lie.

    The first 6 tracks are from Alice 'N Chains (not Alice in Chains) Demo #2 although tracks 4-6 are actually from Layne's band Sleeze.

    The last 3 tracks are from Alice N Chains Demo #1.