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Linkin Park Singer Unveils New Band


As his bandmate Mike Shinoda hinted to earlier this summer, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington will officially launch his side project, Dead by Sunrise, this fall with a debut album titled Out of Ashes.

Featuring members of ’90s synth-rock act Orgy and electro-metal band Julien-K, Dead by Sunrise began to take shape while Linkin Park was prepping material for 2007’s Minutes to Midnight. “I came up with a few songs that felt and sounded really good, but I knew they weren’t right stylistically for Linkin Park,” Bennington said in a statement. “They were darker and moodier than anything I’d come up with for the band.”

One track from Dead by Sunrise, a song from 2006’s Underworld: Evolution soundtrack called “Morning After,” is streaming on the Dead by Sunrise MySpace page. It’s a decidedly more electronic-oriented affair than anything Linkin Park’s recorded so far, taking a few stylistic cues from older Rob Zombie tracks and keyboard-leaning British rock bands like Placebo and Muse.

Dead by Sunrise’s label, Warner Bros., hasn’t pegged a specific release date for Out of Ashes, stating only that it’s “tentatively scheduled for a fall release.” For now, you can watch Bennington and the rest of Linkin Park in the video for “New Divide,” their cut from the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack:

WATCH: Linkin Park, “New Divide”