Happens to be my favorite non death/thrash metal vocalist and songwriter (Tejas, THIS is the reason why I called you the "bigger Tool fanboy" I'm a big fan of Maynard, and also compared to Cantrell's lyrics, Maynard's might be more complex and deeper, but I was an Alice In Chains fan longer than any of the bands I listen to now :...perhaps Testament too ). Yeah alright, Layne Staley was an awesome vocalist, but in Alice In Chains, Jerry proved to be the real songwriter. Also with his solo albums, the music is not that fast paced and technical but it never seems to fail in entertaining. Of course, I'll still perfer the AIC material. AIC used to one of my favorite bands before i got into heavier music, and they still are (R.I.P Layne) I think what made Alice In Chains stand out from the other grunge bands was- Alice In Chains was alot heavier. Any other Cantrell/AIC fans?