Chester Bennington’s “Lost Album” To Finally Be Released!

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

Chester Bennington’s Pre-Linkin Park Album To Be Released

Prior to Chester Bennington joining Linkin Park he was in a post-grunge band named Grey Daze, which was also his first band. Hailing from Phoenix, Airzona. The post-grunge band re-recorded some of their old material with the help of Bennington’s friends and family and the record has some special appearances including Bennington’s 23 year old son Jaime, KORN’s Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer, P.O.D.’s Marcos Curiel, Bush’s Chris Traynor and several others.

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The album will be released by Loma Vista Recording and in a new interview with Kerrang!, GREY DAZE drummer Sean Dowdell spoke about how the post-grunge outfit first formed and his first impressions of Chester Bennington saying:

“He and I had a connection in writing music together. We loved to write lyrics because we both have a talent to express emotional intent. I just got him on that level. I could tell what he was trying to convey and I could help shape it. He was a genius in the ability to express his emotions into metaphor.”

Sean discussed the upcoming album and what people could expect to hear saying

“There is a depth in the lyrics on this record. Chester sings every word like he believes every single emotion attached. It’s bittersweet for me. There’s that big, obvious looming thing that he’s not here to share this with me. But I’m very proud in how we curated this music. We took almost three years to make this record after he passed. I think he’d be quite proud of what we did.”

Late last year, Chester’s widow, Talinda Bennington, revealed that releasing the GREY DAZE album will help “shine a light on” where her “husband started and hopefully give fans a better understanding of his art and a more full picture of his journey through this incredible music.”

Back in 2001, Chester gave an interview to Revolver Magazine and described his first band Grey Daze and their style saying the group sounded like

“early-’90s -style rock. It wasn’t pop rock, it wasn’t heavy metal. It was in between grunge and good rock. We didn’t know what we were doing. We were just writing songs and singing. It was a four-piece band. Some of our songs were more rock. Others were more, I don’t know, alternative? I’ve always been into punk and classic rock. The first few years of being a musician, it was all cover band stuff, and we’d throw in a few originals. The last band I was in, I was in it for almost eight years. We made two albums, and tried really hard.”