this album is simply brilliant, they kind of got lumped in with grunge but i think they should be labeled as heavy metal. either way layne staley and jerry cantrell do amazing and haunting melodies, jerry cantrell has influenced me amazingly as well as this album on my musical tastes. i think this is actually the first metal album i ever bought.
RIP Layne Staley
Yeah they are a metal band really. Because of Jerry Cantrell they were a metal band. but Layne Stayley was a very unique vocalist so I think that gave them a more unique sound. they came from seattle and they sounded "alternative" so like many other bands in 91-91 they got lumped with grunge.