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Remix album by Grey Daze
Released April 10, 2020
Length 39 Minutes
Label Loma Vista Recordings, Concord Records
Producer Jay Baumgardner
Grey Daze studio album chronology

...No Sun Today (1997) Amends (2020)

Amends is an upcoming remix album by Grey Daze composed of Chester Bennington's vocals from the 90's over newly recorded instrumentals. "What's In The Eye" was released as the first “fan track” from the project on January 17, 2020 and was co-produced by Chris Traynor, Kyle Hoffman and Jay Baumgardner. The first single, "Sickness" featuring Page Hamilton and produced by Pete Nappi, was released on February 6th.[1]

The band has no intention to tour without Chester or replace him with another vocalist and turned down every offer to play shows they got.[2]


Tentatively titled New Sun Tomorrow,[3] the project was started in February 2017[4] when Chester and Sean picked about four songs to recut and sent new guitarist Cristin Davis into the studio to work on them.[5] The album was announced in June by bassist Mace Bayers as a remaster of ...No Sun Today they would be working on with Sylvia Massy.[6] The band had previously tried to release a remastered version of the album through Artemis Records in 2003 but conflicts with lawyers within Linkin Park's label Warner Bros. Records prohibited the release.[7][8] The original versions of Wake Me and ...No Sun Today were also available on iTunes up to 2005 before they were removed.[9][10] Sean says this was due to the label seeing Grey Daze as a "competing product."[5] Linkin Park's discography arrived to iTunes in 2006.[11]

The news came with the announcement of a Grey Daze reunion show at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ.[6] According to Sean, it was Chester's idea to put the band together for a Club Tattoo 20th anniversary party[12] and they had started getting offers to play at festivals all over the world.[10] Jason Barnes, who played guitar on Wake Me, was announced as part of the band's line-up for the show and was seen recording in the studio.[13][14] They had just started to strip the masters down and re-track guitars[12] and planned on sending the producer on tour with Linkin Park so Chester could record vocals.[5] The show was canceled and the project was put on hold following his death on July 20th.[15]

Members of Grey Daze and Dead By Sunrise/Julien-K teamed up for a special acoustic performance on September 2nd at the Saxe Theater in Las Vegas in honor of Chester. "The Down Syndrome" and two Dead By Sunrise songs were performed with Ryan Shuck on vocals.[16][17]

Writing and Recording

Grey Daze at the NRG Recording Studios.

Grey Daze was given permission by Chester's widow, Talinda, to continue working on the project granted that they didn't change Chester's voice.[5] In late December, Sylvia confirmed the sessions would be resumed. According to her, the music would be modernized for the current market using master tapes recorded in the late nineties.[18] However, the band did not move foward with her[12] and Jason Barnes was absent from the project after 2017.

Originally planning to fund the project by himself and release it on iTunes, Sean was encouraged by Rene Mata to make it something special for Chester's fans with a wide release and helped connect him with producer Jay Baumgardner.[5] The band then reached out to former Warner Bros. Records executive Tom Whalley to release the album through his Loma Vista Recordings.[19] Once they started working on it again, they decided we to start over, strip all the songs down and start from scratch.[2] Sean said, "We reverse engineered a lot of the music. We took all the music away, we kept the vocal track and the lyrics that was there - that was all Chester. We kept the integrity and the intention of all of the vocals, intact from its original inception. We actually rewrote all of the music to every single song from the ground up."[20] Besides Chester's original vocals from Wake Me and ...No Sun Today, previously unreleased alternate takes were also used on the songs.[21]

They worked at Salt Mine Studios and NRG Recording Studios with several musician friends of Chester or artists that he loved which included Ryan Shuck (Julien-K), Marcos Curiel (P.O.D.), Jaime Bennington (Chester’s son), Chris Traynor (Bush), Brian “Head” Welch and James "Munky" Shaffer (Korn),[22] LP (Laura Pergolizzi), Carston Dowdell and Brennen Brochard (Sean's sons), Heidi Gadd,[23] Carah Faye (Shiny Toy Guns), Jasen Rauch (Breaking Benjamin)[12] and Pete Nappi (Ocean Park Standoff).[24] They also had Esjay Jones and Lucas D'Angelo (Betraying The Martyrs) in the production team.[25] On June 9, 2019, Grey Daze confirmed they had wrapped up the project[26] and by August they had mixed the album.[27] Draven Bennington was also asked to sing on the album but declined because it was difficult for him to listen to his father's voice at the time.[28]

The album title was taken from the lyrics of "Morei Sky". Sean said, "After Chester passed, being a close friend, you carry this amount of guilt, like, ‘What did I miss? What did I not see? How could I have let this happen to my friend? How could I have prevented this?’ You go through these emotional roller coasters. And then you read those lyrics and go, ‘How the fuck did I not see he was in such a dark place?’ It’s one of those things where it sheds a little bit more light onto who he was deep down and the thoughts that went through his mind." According to him, they have enough material for one or two additional Grey Daze albums which might be released if Amends gets a good response. Some proceeds from the sales will benefit Talinda's 320 Changes Direction and other portions of the proceeds have been allocated for Chester's kids.[5]


Official Grey Daze line-up on the album.[29]

In an interview to KROQ, Sean said the band wrote around 150 songs all together in the "6 and a half years" they were together and recorded 3 full-length albums but only two were actually released, so they had 3 albums worth of material.[30]

About the sound of the album, he said "There are two tracks that are pretty similar to the way they used to sound, but the other nine songs sound completely different than the original version, other than the vocal."[2] As for the difference from the originals, "Almost every song on the album sounds like a song that would have been written and recorded this year, that is the biggest difference. We took the old grunge feel and kind of twisted that into keeping the angst and aggression that we had without disrupting or distorting the rock sensibility that we were known for and had developed with Chester."[12]

The tracklist is composed of new versions of songs from Grey Daze's two studio albums. "She Shines", "Soul Song", "Morei Sky", "Sometimes", "What's In The Eye" and "Shouting Out" were originally from Wake Me; and "In Time", "The Syndrome", "Sickness", "Just Like Heroin" and "B12" were originally from ...No Sun Today. Two of the songs had their titles changed for the album, "The Syndrome" was originally called "The Down Syndrome" and "Just Like Heroin" was originally called "Just Like Heroin (A Little Down)".

"Hole" was rumored to be in the tracklist as well since it was previewed (along with "In Time") by Sean Dowdell in July 2018 while filming a mini documentary about the band but it didn't make the album.[31] When questioned about it, Sean answered "it didn’t make the cut for the record" and Cristin said "Hole will be on the next record."[32] "Spin" was also heard during a video Grey Daze posted in December 2018 from the The Saltmine Studio Oasis.[33]

Sean explained how the songs were selected, "We first chose seventeen songs from Chester's favorites, and then we reduced the number to eleven. We wanted to keep some good titles for the second volume, which will be released later. We also realized while working on these eleven songs that they all had something in common, an often dark and emotional atmosphere."[10]

It is currently unknown which guests are featured in each song, but it has been confirmed that "She Shines" features Brian "Head" Welch, "Soul Song" features Jaime Bennington, "Sickness" features Page Hamilton,[5] "In Time" features Ryan Shuck,[34] "B12" features Munky and Head from Korn, "The Syndrome" features Carah Faye, "What's In The Eye" features Marcos Curiel, "Shouting Out" features LP, and Chris Traynor is featured in five songs including "Soul Song", "Just Like Heroin" and "What's In The Eye". According to Sean, it was actually Chester who introduced him to LP, with her song "Lost On You", and they wanted a female singer for "Shouting Out" so he decided to call her.[30] Heidi Gadd contributed strings on 2 songs[35] and Brennen and Carston played drums on a song each.[12]


Complete Amends Bundle

Pre-orders for Amends started on February 06, 2020. The album was released on April 10, 2020 in digital, CD and vinyl formats through Loma Vista Records in the United States, Concord Records in the European Union and Virgin Records in Japan.

The first pressing of CDs were packaged in 16-page case-bound books including lyrics and band photos.[36] Saturn's and Target's exclusive edition of the CD features acoustic versions of "What's In The Eye" and "Sometimes" as bonus tracks.[37][38] A deluxe SHM-CD+DVD first press limited edition was released in Japan and includes a bonus track.[39][40] An Amazon exclusive edition of the SHM-CD+DVD was packaged with a Deca Jacket.[41]

Two different limited edition color vinyls were available at Grey Daze's official website: a red vinyl[42] and a deluxe edition bone-white + apple red splattered color vinyl limited to 3.5K numbered copies worldwide which was exclusive to the Grey Daze store. This deluxe vinyl includes a 60-page book with never before seen band photos and ephemera.[43] A limited sea blue vinyl was available exclusively at JB Hi-Fi and Saturn.[44][45] Three different picture discs were also available in the official Grey Daze store, one of them being "Spotify Fans First" and limited to 1000 copies. This last edition features a previously unreleased photo of Chester Bennington from the Ve'cel photo session from 2007 by Robert Kuen.[46][47] A regular black vinyl with inner sleeve as lyric sheet was available exclusively in the European store.[48]

Various bundles with varying items were available. The "Complete Amends Bundle" included: Limited Edition LP + CD Photobook, Amends T-Shirt, Amends Tote, Limited Edition Chester Mosaic Poster, Amends Patch, Grey Daze Logo Baseball Hat and Digital Album.[49] The digital album in the US store was exclusive to United States residents,[50] but the UK store also offered the Complete Amends Bundle and a digital version of the album.[51] The main photo of Chester in the mosaic poster was licensed and taken by Jim Louvau at a Linkin Park show during Projekt Revolution Tour 2007 and was previously used by Linkin Park in the LP Underground 6.0 newsletter. After fans pointed it out, all bundles with the poster were removed from the store, including the Complete Amends Bundle, and fans were refunded.


Standard Edition

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Sickness Chester Bennington, Sean Dowdell 2:51
2 Sometimes Chester Bennington 3:26
3 What's In The Eye Chester Bennington, Sean Dowdell 3:26
4 The Syndrome Chester Bennington 3:49
5 In Time Chester Bennington 3:54
6 Just Like Heroin Chester Bennington, Sean Dowdell 3:25
7 B12 Chester Bennington 3:33
8 Soul Song Chester Bennington 4:06
9 Morei Sky Chester Bennington, Sean Dowdell 3:52
10 She Shines Chester Bennington 3:35
11 Shouting Out Chester Bennington 3:19

Bonus Tracks

No. Title Writer(s) Length
12 What's In The Eye (Acoustic) Chester Bennington, Sean Dowdell
13 Sometimes (Acoustic) Chester Bennington


Grey Daze

  • Chester Bennington - vocals
  • Sean Dowdell - drums and backing vocals
  • Mace Bayers - bass
  • Cristin Davis - guitar

Additional Musicians

  • Jaime Bennington - vocals on "Soul Song"
  • Laura "LP" Pergolizzi - vocals on "Shouting Out"
  • Carah Faye - vocals on "The Syndrome"
  • Page Hamilton - guitar on "Sickness"
  • Ryan Shuck - guitar on "In Time"
  • Marcos Curiel - guitar on "What's In The Eye"
  • Chris Traynor - guitar on "Soul Song", "Just Like Heroin" and "What's In The Eye"
  • Brian “Head” Welch - guitar on "She Shines" and "B12"
  • James "Munky" Shaffer - guitar on "B12"
  • Carston Dowdell - drums
  • Brennen Brochard - drums
  • Heidi Gadd - strings
  • Jasen Rauch


  • Chris Traynor - producer
  • Kyle Hoffman - producer
  • Pete Nappi - producer
  • Esjay Jones
  • Lucas D'Angelo
  • Adam Shoeller - assistant engineer
  • Andrea Roberts - assistant engineer
  • Jay Baumgardner - executive producer
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound
  • Mixed by Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios, North Hollywood, CA


  • Rene Mata - A&R


  • Mike Lythgoe - art direction & design


In December 2019, Grey Daze started releasing statements from Chester's family and bandmates about the album.[4][52][53][19] On the first day of the year, Grey Daze was featured on an article by Revolver titled "45 Most Anticipated Albums of 2020" which accidentally leaked the title of the album. It was edited out later.[54] Just like Linkin Park, Grey Daze enlisted ambassadors to help promoting the album but they were told not to make it public that they were ambassadors.[55] Universal Records held private listening parties in various countries in early January 2020. The band was featured on the cover of the January edition of Kerrang! with a special article about the album.[56] On January 17, the band released the first track from the album, "What's In The Eye".[57] On January 23, Loudwire released an exclusive 8-minute documentary on the making of the album featuring interviews with band members, producers, special guests and Chester's family.[58] An lengthy article about the album was posted by Rolling Stone on February 3rd featuring interviews with Sean Dowdell and Talinda Bennington.[5] The first single, "Sickness", was released a few days later on February 6th with an accompanying music video.[59] On March 6th Revolver launched a three-part documentary series about the band.[60]


While the majority of fans were thankful and excited for being able to hear new material featuring Chester Bennington,[61] members of Grey Daze were also heavily criticized for the way the album was advertised by Loudwire and Kerrang! as Chester's "lost album" which fans considered dishonest and deceitful. The band was also criticized for partnering with Chester's maternal family and his ex-wife, Samantha Bennington, all of whom had previously directed attacks towards Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Chester's widow Talinda Bennington-Friedman.[62][63][64] While working on the album, Sean Dowdell had denied Samantha's claims and attacked her online.[65] Sean was also criticized for the way he portrayed Chester's feelings towards Linkin Park's music, the way he spoke about the band's label, Warner Bros. Records, and the way the band handled negotive commentaries from fans on social media.[66][67][68] Following the backlash, the band started removing all negative comments from their social media accounts.[69] On Twitter, they wrote, "There is nothing contradictory on our posts. We told the world that we don’t care about the family fued. It has nothing to do with the music."[70] In an interview published by French magazine MyRock, Sean supposedly claimed Chester had plans to quit his position on Linkin Park, but via Twitter he explained this wasn't what he said and the magazine had changed his words.[71]

Reception of the first single, "What's In The Eye" was mixed, with many fans praising the new sounds and layers added to the song while others felt the overall production of the track wasn't good.[72][73][74][75][76] Nevertheless, the track hit 1 million streams on Spotify in just 6 weeks.[77] Fans also praised the production on the second single, "Sickness".[78][79]


External Links


  1. New Music From Grey Daze (Chester Bennington's First Band), January 15, 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Grey Daze's 'Amends' Revisits Songs From Chester Bennington's Pre-Linkin Park Career | Billboard, March 05, 2020
  3. Grey Daze on Twitter: "Working on possible album titles and artwork... and it's really good so far! #GreyDaze #ChesterBennington #SeanDowdell #MaceBeyers #NRGstudios" / Twitter, October 19, 2018
  4. 4.0 4.1 Grey Daze on Instagram: “Talinda Bennington @talinda320 December 10th, 2019”, December 11, 2019
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Inside Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington's Grey Daze Reissue - Rolling Stone, February 03, 2020
  6. 6.0 6.1 Grey Daze Reunion Show Announcement - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, June 26, 2017
  8. There's No Sun Today For The Grey Daze Re-Release | LP Association, August 12, 2003
  9. Help With Grey Daze | LP Association Forums, August 20, 2005
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Chester By His Friends Grey Daze, March 11, 2020
  11. Linkin Park Catalog, Exclusive Bonus Tracks & Digital Booklets Now Available on the iTunes Music Store - Apple, August 29, 2006
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Grey Daze's Sean Dowdell Remembers Chester Bennington | SPIN, February 12, 2020
  13. Grey Daze on Twitter: "Guitarist Jason Barnes w/ producer Sylvia Massy - @xsylvianq in the studio, recording guitar tracks. 🎸🎸🎸 #GreyDaze #SylviaMassy #JasonBarnes" / Twitter, July 02, 2017
  14. Grey Daze no Twitter: "Recording session with Jason Barnes & Sylvia Massy. 🎸🎸🎸 #GreyDaze #NoSunToday #Sickness" / Twitter, July 07, 2017
  15. Sylvia Massy - RIP Chester Bennington - with Sean Sean..., July 20, 2017
  16. Grey Daze & Julien-K Team-Up For Chester Tribute Show - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, August 11, 2017
  17. GD + JK: 2017.09.02 - Las Vegas, Nevada (Chester Tribute) - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, September 02, 2017
  18. Sylvia Massy » Chester Bennington/Grey Daze Project Underway, December 29, 2017
  19. 19.0 19.1 Grey Daze on Instagram: “Grey Daze December 13th, 2019 This letter is missing an important piece. We could not have done this without our Chester and ours close…”, December 14, 2019
  20. EXCLUSIVE: Grey Daze on the Making of 'Sickness' and Honoring Chester Bennington | KISW, Februar 06, 2020
  21. Grey Daze - "What's In The Eye" Release - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, January 15, 2020
  22. News Roundup: Grey Daze Update - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, February 19, 2019
  23. Chester Bennington’s debut band – Grey Daze – announces new album & releases new single “Sickness” – Rock Your Lyrics, February 07, 2020
  24. Grey Daze on Twitter: "If you’ve wondered about how the song “Sickness” came together, check out this clip with Grey Daze band members & producer @PeteNappi breaking down the process." / Twitter
  25. PROJECTS | production
  26. Grey Daze Wraps Up Album Project - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, June 9, 2019
  27. Grey Daze Album Coming In April 2020 - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, November 18, 2019
  28. Grey Daze on Instagram: “We received these letters of support from Chester’s son @dravenbstudios and his mom @samanthabennington just a few short weeks ago. We are…”, February 05, 2020
  29. Grey Daze on Instagram: “Let us know what you think of today's article in @rollingstone about Grey Daze. Link in stories.”, February 03, 2020
  30. 30.0 30.1 Sean Dowdell of Grey Daze Discusses Chester Bennington's Legacy - YouTube, February 06, 2020
  31. Grey Daze Remasters/Video Project - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, July 10, 2018
  32. Grey Daze on Instagram: “The new album Amends, out April 10th. Pre-order & Save at the link in bio.”, February 06, 2020
  33. Grey Daze - Time for some #Spin! At The Saltmine Studio..., December 22, 2018
  34. LinkinPark:br - Ryan Shuck gravando com Grey Daze | Facebook, August 23, 2018
  35. Heidi Gadd on Instagram: “In case you haven't heard, this released. Whats In The Eye. Full Record coming (I contributed strings on 2 Songs..) @greydazeofficial 🖤 In…”, January 20, 2020
  36. Standard CD + Digital Album – Grey Daze Official Store
  37. Amends (Exklusive Edition + 2 Bonus Tracks) Grey Daze auf CD online kaufen | SATURN
  38. Grey Daze - Amends (Target Exclusive, CD) : Target
  39. Amends (Deluxe)(SHM-CD+DVD) : Grey Daze | HMV&BOOKS online : Online Shopping & Information Site - UCCO-8035 English Site
  40. Amazon | アメンズ(初回限定デラックス盤)(SHM-CD)(DVD付) | グレイ・デイズ | ロック | 音楽
  41. Amazon | 【限定】アメンズ (初回限定デラックス盤)(SHM-CD)(DVD付)(特典:デカジャケット付) | グレイ・デイズ | ロック | 音楽
  42. Grey Daze Official Shop - Amends (Ltd. Coloured LP) - Grey Daze - LP
  43. Amends Deluxe Grey Daze Shop Exclusive Edition LP + Digital Album – Grey Daze Official Store
  44. Amends (Limited JB Australian Exclusive Sea Blue Vinyl) | JB Hi-Fi
  45. Amends (Exklusive Edition Coloured Vinyl) Grey Daze auf Vinyl online kaufen | SATURN
  46. Chester Bennington - Ve'cel | Robert Kuen | Flickr, July 24, 2004
  47. Picturedisc 3: Chester (Spotify Fans First Exclusive) + Digital Album – Grey Daze Official Store
  48. Grey Daze Official Shop - Amends - Grey Daze - LP
  49. Deluxe LP/CD + Litho – Grey Daze Official Store
  50. Amends Digital Album – Grey Daze Official Store
  51. Grey Daze - Amends. Vinyl LP, CD. Loma Vista Recordings.
  52. Grey Daze no Instagram: “Susan Eubanks December 11th, 2019”, December 12, 2019
  53. Grey Daze no Instagram: “Jaime Bennington December 12th, 2019”, December 13, 2019
  54. 45 Most Anticipated Albums of 2020 | Revolver, January 01, 2019
  55. Mark Llerret - Grey Daze. A former band of Chester's before Linkin..., February 09, 2020
  56. World Exclusive: Grey Daze And The Lost Music Of Chester Bennington — Kerrang!, January 14, 2020
  57. Chester Bennington's Pre-Linkin Park Band, Grey Daze, Release New Single — Kerrang!, January 16, 2020
  58. Chester Bennington Remembered by Early Band Grey Daze in Mini-Doc, January 23, 2020
  59. Grey Daze Announce Upcoming Album, Amends; Release New Single And Video — Kerrang!, February 06, 2020
  60. Inside Chester Bennington's First Band Grey Daze: Roots and Recording of 'Amends' | Revolver, March 06, 2020
  61. Talinda Releases Grey Daze Statement - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, December 11, 2019
  62. Chester Bennington's Ex Wife Blasts Family Members 'Capitalizing On His Death' -, August 24, 2017
  63. Chester Bennington’s Mother Breaks Silence About Claims Against Mike Shinoda – Metalhead Zone, December 8, 2018
  64. Chester Bennington's Ex-Wife 'Supports' Criticism Of Mike Shinoda -, December 04, 2018
  65. Astat on Twitter: "And yet ~2 years later, that "lying, deceitful human who Chester hated" is now partnered with Sean in promoting an album that's supposedly about honoring Chester's legacy, conveniently right after she won a 50% stake in Chester's estate. Hmm." / Twitter, February 06, 2020
  66. New rolling stone article on Grey Daze : LinkinPark, February 03, 2020
  67. Grey Daze: Rolling Stone Interview - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, Februar 03, 2020
  68. Grey Daze - Sickness. Music video out tomorrow! : LinkinPark, February 05, 2020
  69. Grey Daze on Instagram: “We received these letters of support from Chester’s son @dravenbstudios and his mom @samanthabennington just a few short weeks ago. We are…”, February 05, 2020
  70. Grey Daze on Twitter: "@Jade62102662 @bombalurina03 @_itsfabio There is nothing contradictory on our posts. We told the world that we don’t care about the family fued. It has nothing to do with the music." / Twitter, February 10, 2020
  71. sean dowdell on Twitter: "@shan_noda That was not said in the interview. I said when we were trying to find a date that worked for our reunion show, he had to work through his obligations with LP first. I have no clue why they mis-stated this" / Twitter, Março 12, 2020
  72. Grey Daze - "What's In The Eye" Release - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, January 15, 2020
  73. Anyone else got What's in the Eye on replay all day?? Plus full album Question. : LinkinPark, January 17, 2020
  74. Grey Daze - What’s In The Eye (Official Audio) : LinkinPark, January 16, 2020
  75. Grey Daze - What's In The Eye [Discussion, Megathread : LinkinPark], January 16, 2020
  76. Grey Daze "What's in The Eye" NEW SINGLE, Thurs - 01/17. : LinkinPark, January 15, 2020
  77. Chris Traynor on Twitter: "Congratulations to @therealgreydaze “Whats in the eye” hitting 1 million streams on @Spotify in just 6 weeks." / Twitter, Março 01, 2020
  78. Grey Daze - Sickness (Official Music Video) : LinkinPark, February 06, 2020
  79. Grey Daze - "Amends" out April 10 - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, February 06, 2020