In The Darkness

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"In The Darkness"
Album-Out Of Ashes.jpg
Song by Dead By Sunrise from the album Out Of Ashes
Working title Darkness
Recorded 2007-2009
Released October 13, 2009
Length 5:28
Live debut July 04, 2009
Last played November 12, 2011
Writer Chester Charles Bennington, Amir Davidson, Ryan Christopher Shuck, Anthony Valcic
Producer Howard Benson
Label Warner Bros. Records

Out Of Ashes track listing
  1. Fire
  2. Crawl Back In
  3. Too Late
  4. Inside Of Me
  5. Let Down
  6. Give Me Your Name
  7. My Suffering
  8. Condemned
  9. Into You
  10. End Of The World
  11. Walking In Circles
  12. In The Darkness
  13. Morning After (bonus track)

"In The Darkness" is the twelfth and final track on the album Out Of Ashes by Dead By Sunrise.


"In The Darkness" is one of Chester's favorite songs on Out Of Ashes, right next to "Give Me Your Name". Elias Andra also says it is, by far, his favorite song on the record.[1] The song's working title, "Darkness", was unveiled through a songboard picture posted by Julien-K on their official website in 2007.[2] The song was originally planned for inclusion on the The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack, but Twilight wanted the song exclusively, which meant it couldn't be released on Out Of Ashes. The band turned down the offer for this reason.[3]

The lyrics were written about Chester's relationship with his second wife, Talinda Ann Bentley.[4]

Chester experimented writing about human relationships in a raw, naked manner in songs like "Give Me Your Name" and "In The Darkness", but says "Into The Darkness was more up my alley in that it was kind of a love song but it was dark and twisted at the same time. I don't know if anybody else finds it romantic, but when I sing 'I want to open my skin and pull you in,' I find it sexy, the idea of wanting somebody so badly that you want to become one with them; you want to inhabit their body and vice-versa. It was hard to open myself up in that way because I usually write about doom and gloom and 'poor me' shit."[5]

In an interview with KROQ, Amir said that the song was referred to as "The Darkness" and featured an Indian drum sampler beat to start the song. He described how demo ideas like that sometimes didn't even end up in the final versions of the songs.[6] In the final version of the song, Ryan Shuck is doing the beatboxing.


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
In The Darkness Out Of Ashes 5:28 2007-2009 October 13, 2009
  • Features beat box vocals by Ryan Shuck.
In The Darkness Out Of Ashes Instrumentals 5:31 2007-2009
  • Official instrumental version.


"In The Darkness" was debuted acoustically at the Club Tattoo grand opening celebration after "Walking In Circles". The studio version of the song wasn't debuted until the 2010 Asian tour, where the song was played after "Walking In Circles" again. "In The Darkness" returned acoustically at the 'Stars Of The Season' gala, being played after "I'll Try Not To Destroy You" by Julien-K.


Dead By Sunrise

  • Chester Bennington
  • Ryan Shuck
  • Amir Derakh
  • Elias Andra
  • Brandon Belsky
  • Anthony "Fu" Valcic


  • Howard Benson: producer
  • Tom Whalley: executive producer
  • Mike Plotnikoff: recorder
  • Chris Lord-Alge: mixer



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