Grey Daze – the band Chester Bennington joined before finding fame with Linkin Park – have announced the release of new album Amends.
The album will feature newly-recorded music accompanied by remastered takes of Bennington's vocals taken from the band's back catalogue, and is said to be "the origin story of one of modern rock’s most recognisable voices". It is due for release on April 10 via Loma Vista Recordings.
Grey Daze founder and drummer Sean Dowdell says: “We started Grey Daze in 1993, the band ended up breaking up in 1998.”
“Fast forward to 2016, Chester’s on the road and says, ‘I think we should put Grey Daze back together.’ Obviously, what happened, happened and Chester was tragically taken from us. Of course, as soon as he passed, it was like ‘oh my God, I lost my friend, my friend’s wife is now a widow and my friend’s kids are now fatherless.’ There were all of these emotions."
"About six or seven months later, I started some conversations and said I really want to finish this album. We’re not going to accept mediocrity, we’re going to do our friend proud, we’re going to make Chester proud and we’re going to make sure this is something he would have been elated to put out."
The band have launched a single, Sickness, to mark the album's announcement. Dowdell says of the single: “This is loosely based on a true story from when Chester was 15-years-old.
"He was being bullied at school and one day suffered a real beating. That was the day I assumed a role as protector and almost older brother figure to Chester that has lasted since, even after his passing."
The band have released a short documentary to accompany the album's announcement. You can watch it in full, as well as the video for Sickness, below.
Amends will be available on CD, LP, as a first pressing, ruby red vinyl variant exclusive to the band’s webstore and as a numbered deluxe edition featuring both a CD and LP. All album pre-order options are available now.
Grey Daze, Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band, have announced Amends, featuring newly recorded music with remastered vocals from the group’s back catalogue. Due for release April 10th via Loma Vista Recordings, available for pre-order now.