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Before there was Linkin Park, there was Grey Daze; Chester Bennington’s earlier band who were formed in 1993, though broke up during 1998 after the release of their two independently released albums: Wake Me (1994) and No Sun Today (1996).
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Prior to frontman Bennington’s passing (1976-2017), he’d said while on tour in 2015, ‘I think we should put Grey Daze back together.’ Now, in 2020, three years after Bennington’s death, his band mates and widowed wife have structured and are due to release the long-anticipated album that Grey Daze had begun before his passing.
Titled Amends, the 11-track will be released via Loma Vista Records and encapsulates recently recorded music with re-mastered vocals that will showcase the bands widely undiscovered catalogue, as well as also giving friends and fans a full circle of Chester Bennington’s life that was sung in his unique (and missed) voice that deliver the lyrics that were reciprocated and enjoyed by audiences worldwide.
Bringing the completion of the album to fruition have been the remaining members within Grey Daze that have been the founding member Sean Dowdwell (drums), with Mace Beyers (bass), Cristin Davis (guitar), and Chester’s wife, Talinda Bennington. As a collective, they worked with producer Jay Baumgardner and other artists including Brian Welch and James Shaffer of Korn, Paige Hamilton (Helmet), Chris Traynor (Bush, Helmet, Orange 9MM), LP, Jasen Rauch (Breaking Benjamin) and Ryan Shuck (Orgy).
The songs have been reworked from Grey Daze’s earlier recordings, some two decades ago, and show an unreleased and new chapter of Bennington’s origin which shine on the importance of a chapter that had almost been left unheard by one of rock’s loudest voices.
To accompany the announcement of Amends, Grey Daze have also released the second single from their forthcoming album. Titled Sickness, the track and video clip which were loosely based on Bennington’s teens can be viewed below.