Gray Daze has just announced a new album.
The rock band – who are best known for launching the career of tragic Linkin Park star Chester Bennington, who took his own life aged 41 in 2017 – are set to release the sequel to their 2020 album “Amends,” which used Chester’s vocals over new instrumentation as they continue to deal with the heartbreak of their former bandmate.
“The Phoenix” is a spirited collection of 10 newly recorded songs that fulfills the band’s surviving members’ commitment to Bennington.
Drummer Sean Dowdell said: “[Our last album] ‘Amends’ was more emotional and reflective. We felt sad while writing it. Now that we are a few years apart, what we were going through is very clear. We were at a different stage of grieving. We went through shock and sadness. Now we are back to gratitude. “
The new album also sees contributions from Dave Navarro, Richard Patrick and Sean went on to explain that the upcoming album is a “celebration” of their friend and noted fans that they will “love” the record if they remember the Chester’s signature cry.
He added: “So The Phoenix is more of a celebration of our friend, his talent and the music. It captures the Chester angst and energy that people fell in love with. It’s much more aggressive. If you like Chester’s scream, you’ll love this record.”
Alongside the album, Gray Daze – who burst onto the music scene from 1994 to 1997 and released two albums until Chester scored a huge hit with rockers ‘One Step Closer’ – released a new recording of their song ‘Saturation (Strange Love)’, which Sean says will come as a ‘surprise’ to fans of the tragic star.
He said: “It’s going to surprise a lot of people because it gets right back to the heart of Chester. One of the things people love about him was his unique ability to scream in key…and this song takes you back to everything that you love about it. Scream. You feel that angst and raw emotion that he brought to everything he did.
“Saturation (Strange Love)” is available to stream today (15.04.22), while “The Phoenix” is set for a worldwide release on CD and on all streaming platforms on June 17.
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