Monday August 1, 2022

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Photo credit: Tom Preston

If you were like me, you grew up on Linkin Park’s music and their late and great frontman, Chester Bennington’s distinct, powerful voice. 


Upon listening to his band’s recently-released singles off their album, The Creation Of The Phoenix, I initially had mixed emotions. With the tragic passing of the legendary singer being just over 5 years ago, it feels fresh. Though reading that the ensemble has received Chester’s wife, Talinda Bennington’s blessing, I felt better about paying tribute to their frontman, and contiuing his legacy. As a fan, it is comforting hearing his voice in new songs, like as if he’s still with us today. Moving forward with re-recording and releasing the album, the surviving members worked with producer, and working with Esjay Jones.

Over the course of Grey Daze’s first chapter, from 1994 to 1997, the group recorded and released two albums. It is those albums that serve as a foundation for both Amends and The Phoenix. Prior to Bennington’s passing, he publicly announced the return of Grey Daze, which included re-recording the band’s largely undiscovered
discography. Special guests also played on the compelling new collection, with Dave Navarro and Richard Patrick featured
on “Holding You” and “Believe Me” (respectively), and Bennington’s daughters, Lily and Lila, paying homage to their dad on “Hole.”


I was fortunate enough to feast my ears on not one, but two of the recently released singles off the album: “Drag” and Starting To Fly”. Both singles really showcase the strong musicianship of all members.

The 10-song album is on vinyl and in a 16-page casebound CD
book, with a trio of vinyl variants, available on the band’s website (Phoenix Flame vinyl), Revolver (Blue Smoke vinyl), and record stores nationwide (Grey Smoke vinyl). Purchase here:


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“Drag” and “Starting To Fly” are both on my “Heavy” playlist on Spotify!