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18 April 2022

Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park Band Release New Album

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Chester Bennington’s first band, Grey Daze, have announced details of a new album.

The rock band – best known for kickstarting the career of tragic Linkin Park star Chester Bennington, who took his own life at the age of 41 back in 2017 – are set to release The Phoenix on 17 June. The album is the follow-up to 2020’s Amends, which used Chester’s vocals over new instrumentation.

“Amends was more emotional and reflective,” explains drummer Sean Dowdell. “We felt sad when we were writing it. Now that we’re a couple of years removed, it’s very clear what we were going through. We were at a different stage of grief. We went through the shock and the sadness. Now, we’re back to gratitude. So, The Phoenix is more of a celebration of our friend, his talent, and the music. It captures Chester’s angst and energy that people fell in love with. It’s much more aggressive. If you love Chester’s scream, you’ll love this record.”

Dowdell went on, “It’s going to surprise a lot of people because it gets back to Chester’s core. One of the things that people love about him was his unique ability to scream in key… and this song brings you back to everything you love about that scream. You feel that angst and raw emotion he brought to everything he did.”

Chester’s daughters Lily and Lila Bennington appear on the song Hole, following in the footsteps of brother Jaime Bennington who appeared on the Amends track Soul Song. The Phoenix also includes guest turns from Dave Navarro and Filter’s Richard Patrick.

The Phoenix tracklisting

Saturation (Strange Love)
Starting to Fly
Be Your Man
Holding You (featuring Dave Navarro)
Hole (featuring Lily & Lila Bennington)
Believe Me (featuring Richard Patrick)
Anything, Anything
Wake Me

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