The Weekly Ritual Rock and Metal News Show 7-15-22


Catch up on what you missed this week in the world of Rock and Metal news with our show!

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INTERVIEW: Sean Dowdell of Grey Daze on “The Phoenix” – The Ghost Cult Interview


Ghost Cult caught up with Sean Dowdell of Grey Daze to discuss their new album The Phoenix – out now via Loma Vista Recordings! We discussed the new album, unearthing the recordings of Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), their production style, the history of the band, and plans for future releases.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Grey Daze – The Phoenix


 

For those not in the know, Grey Daze is not a new band. It was Chester Bennington’s band before Linkin Park.The Phoenix (Loma Vista Recordings) is a re-imaging of songs of unreleased material Chester and Grey Daze intended to released, including his bandmates and friends such as Sean Dowdell, Mace Beyers, and Cristian Davis with help from Dave Navarro, Richard Patrick, and Bennington’s children. Bennington himself wanted to release the music before he died, bringing it to a wider audience. The band did just that using Bennington’s original vocals.

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Watch This A Capella Version of Linkin Park’s “Numb” by Aline Happ (Lyria)


 

Aline Happ is best known for fronting Brazil’s epic Symphonic Metal band Lyria, but she has done something unique and cool to share on her YouTube channel. Happ has released a video of her performing an A Capella version of Linkin Park’s classic song “Numb’ from their Meteora album.

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CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Linkin Park – 20 Years of “Hybrid Theory”


The year 2000 is very memorable for many things, exceptionally in music. As pop dominated the airwaves with releases such as, N*Sync’s No Strings Attached, and Britney Spears’ Oops I Did it Again, an album that was forced by the media into the new category nu-metal was about to become historic. Continue reading


A Fan-Made Donald Trump Ad Using Linkin Park’s Classic “In The End” Has Been Banned from Twitter


A fan-made video ad Tweeted by and promoting President Donald Trump was posted to Twitter on Saturday (July 18) was removed from the social media platform due to a claim by the copyright owner, Linkin Park. The video used LP’s all-time classic hit single “In The End”. The video comes on the near three-year anniversary of the death of frontman Chester Bennington. The two-minute, fan-made clip revolved around quotes from Trump’s 2017 inaugural address, including his vow to start “transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.” The video painted presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden negatively. Within hours, Twitter pulled the video from Trump’s feed and replaced it with a message that reads, “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”

UPDATE: Linkin Park officially filed a cease and desist order over the song’s use.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Grey Daze – Amends


Next month will be three years since Chester Bennington ended his life. On what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday, not only a fellow musician, but also his best friend and Godfather to his son, he took his life. It has been three years and the sadness persists. Bennington’s struggle with depression and substances was a public affair and through his lyrics, it felt like we knew what he was going through. An exceptional vocalist he fronted a band that dove into multiple genres. Either you liked Linkin Park or you hated them. Regardless, Bennington was the best vocalist of any mainstream band in the 2000s – but, before he told you to shut up, he fronted another band. Continue reading


Grey Daze, ft Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Shares Making of New Album Video Series


Grey Daze, Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band from Phoenix, Arizona has launched an eight-part making-of video series for their upcoming album Amends. The album is due via Loma Vista Recordings on April 10th, 2020 and can be pre-ordered below. The web-based series explores the Phoenix-based band’s beginnings, their motivation for reuniting, how the album was made and the musicians who pitched in to ensure Chester’s dream of a Grey Daze reunion and album release were fulfilled.Continue reading


Hear Chester Bennington of Linkin Park on the New Single with His Original Band Grey Daze


As previously reported, Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band Grey Daze will release their tribute album, with Chester’s vocals on it in 2020. Among the guest musicians set to appear on the recordings are Chester’s 23-year-old son Jaime Bennington, KORN’s Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer, P.O.D.’s Marcos Curiel, BUSH’s Chris Traynor, Ryan Shuck, Chester’s bandmate in DEAD BY SUNRISE. The resulting album will be released via Loma Vista Recordings. The first single from the upcoming tribute album, a track called “What’s In The Eye”, has just been released, accompanied by a Zev Deans-directed video featuring old footage of Chester. Continue reading


Chester Bennington’s Original Band Grey Daze to Release Re-Recorded Debut


Late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington’s first band, Phoenix-based Grey Daze have re-recorded their old material with the help of Chester’s friends and family. Among the guest musicians set to appear on the recordings are Chester’s 23-year-old son Jaime Bennington, Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer, P.O.D.’s Marcos Curiel, Bush guitarist’s Chris Traynor, as well as Ryan Shuck, Chester’s bandmate in Dead By Sunrise. The resulting album will be released via 320 Changes Direction, the mental health awareness organization launched by Chester’s widow Talinda Bennington.Continue reading