Grey Daze — the late, great Chester Bennington’s first proper band prior to his tenure in Linkin Park — are gearing up to release their long-in-the-works album Amends. The LP, which is due out June 26th via Loma Vista Recordings, is the fulfillment of a planned Grey Daze reunion that the singer had announced prior to his untimely passing. The remaining band members — drummer Sean Dowdell, bassist Mace Beyers and guitarist Cristin Davis — along with Chester’s widow Talinda Bennington and his parents, made it their mission to see the project through with assistance from Tom Whalley, the founder of Loma Vista and former Warner Bros. Records Chairman during Linkin Park’s tenure at the label.
Dowdell, Beyers and Davis selected the tracks from the band’s largely unknown mid-Nineties catalog. They re-recorded the music in 2019 to accompany Bennington’s re-mastered vocals. Produced by Jay Baumgardner, Amends features several guest appearances from noted musicians including Helmet’s Page Hamilton, Breaking Benjamin’s Jasen Rauch, P.O.D.’s Marcos Curiel and Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer. The latter two play on the song “B12,” which was premiered today along with its music video as part of Download TV, a weekend-long virtual festival from the good folks behind Download Festival.
“Everything we’ve done surrounding the upcoming release of Amends has been to honor Chester,” Dowdell commented. “The video for ‘B12’ is no exception. We wanted to celebrate all that has been accomplished in seeing Amends, a release he had wanted to bring to life, and in this video we not only brought his lyrics to life, we also were able to feel his presence as we performed alongside his vocal track.”