Chester Bennington, lead singer for multi-platinum, two-time Grammy-winning rock band LINKIN PARK, has put the finishing touches on Out of Ashes, the debut album from his new band DEAD BY SUNRISE. The album is tentatively scheduled for a fall release through Warner Bros. Records.
The band, which is Bennington on vocals, guitarists Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh (from Orgy/Julien-K), bassist Brandon Belsky, drummer Elias Anda (also from Julien-K), and keyboardist Anthony Valcic, recorded Out of Ashes in Los Angeles with producer Howard Benson (Motorhead, My Chemical Romance).
The songs on Out of Ashes began to take shape during some downtime LINKIN PARK had before the band began recording their double-platinum 2007 album Minutes to Midnight. “I came up with a few songs that felt and sounded really good, but I knew they weren’t right stylistically for Linkin Park,” Bennington says. “They were darker and moodier than anything I’d come up with for the band. So I decided to work on them on my own rather than turn them over and have them transformed into Linkin Park tracks.”
Bennington says that the music he wrote for DEAD BY SUNRISE is darker, sexier, and more personal than anything he’s done before. “It’s got me all over it,” he says. “This is the music I hear in my head.”