Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton Premieres New Song “Cross Off” Feat. The Late Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)

Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton has premiered a lyric video for his new song “Cross Off” featuring the late Chester Bennington (Linkin Park). Morton and Bennington wrote the track with producer Josh Wilbur and Oni’s Jake Oni. It also features bass and drums from Trivium‘s Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent. The song will appear on Morton’s new solo album “Anesthetic,” which is set to be released on March 1. Morton commented:

“‘Cross Off’ was a very free flowing and natural process. We both really loved the song from its inception and everyone that worked on it put a lot of energy and emotion into it. I feel like you can really hear that in the track, and absolutely in Chester’s performance.”

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Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton Discusses Working With The Late Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)

A few months before his death, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington recorded vocals for “Cross Off,” a track featured on Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton’s new solo album “Anesthetic” (out March 1). Now, during a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Morton discussed what it was like working with the singer.

Morton said the following when asked how the collaboration came about:

“I had my people call his people! It was one of those things where we were listening to the song like, ‘Who in our world would we have singing this?’ And Chester was the name that came out.

So we almost didn’t try, because it’s Chester Bennington, he’s such a superstar. We were kind of like, ‘Come on, we can’t get him.’ But if we hadn’t tried, we wouldn’t have got him, so we tried, we got his ear, I was surprised to find I was on his radar and all, but through Lamb I was.

He heard the song and he was in. It is a really good song. I’m sorry, I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that, but it’s a good goddamn song, right?

We had to iron out a couple of things legally and all that kind of stuff, but on the creative side, he was in from the jump. And I didn’t realize how in he really was, but when he showed up I did, and that was humbling for me.”

He also added the following when asked who surprised him most in the studio:

“Chester Bennington. He just had a lot of creative input at the ready when he came into the studio. That was my initial like, ‘Wow’. He had told me he really liked the song, and we had communicated, but I’d never really hung out with Chester until when we started tracking.

I was really impressed for a guy at his level, at the place in the career he was at, someone of his stature and celebrity, to have that level of humility and commitment to come in there and treat this like it would be a Linkin Park song, or his own song or whatever.

I was pretty blown away by that. And it was immediate. Fifteen minutes after we met, we were standing over a table, one on either side, each with scraps of paper and pencil, crossing off words and trying different rhyme schemes and stuff.

And then after the track was laid out, then we took a breath and started talking about more personal stuff – real-life shit. And yeah… he surprised me the most.”

[via The PRP]

Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton Reveals Details For New Solo Album “Anesthetic”, Premieres New Song “The Truth Is Dead” Feat. Randy Blythe & Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy)

Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton has announced that his new solo album “Anesthetic” will be released on March 1. The effort will feature a number of guests including the late Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach), Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), and more. The album’s first single, “The Truth Is Dead,” features Morton’s Lamb Of God bandmate Randy Blythe and Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz. You can check that out below:

“Anesthetic” Track Listing:

01. “Cross Off” (feat. Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington)
02. “Sworn Apart” (feat. Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix)
03. “Axis (feat. Mark Lanegan)
04. “The Never” (feat. Testament’s Chuck Billy and Oni’s Jake Oni)
05. “Save Defiance” (feat. Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy)
06. “Blur” (feat. Mark Morales)
07. “Back From The Dead” (feat. Buckcherry’s Josh Todd)
08. “Reveal” (feat. Naeemah Z. Maddox)
09. “Imaginary Days”
10. “The Truth Is Dead” (feat. Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe and Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz)

Linkin Park’s Dave “Phoenix” Farrell: “I Think We Will Do Music Again”

During a recent interview on SiriusXM’s “Volume West”, Linkin Park’s Dave “Phoenix” Farrell was asked about his plans for possible new music nearly one and half years after the tragic death of Chester Bennington. He responded with the following [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“It’s a big question. I think the easiest way to answer it is probably just to say I don’t know. And then I can expound upon that. The five of us, we still love getting a chance to hang out. We hang out quite a bit. I think we will do music again. We all want to. We all still enjoy being together and being around each other. But we have a huge process to figure out what we wanna do and what that’s gonna look like. And I don’t have a timetable for how long that’ll take. I’ve never been down that road [or gone through] that process completely, so it’s really hard to put a time or a day.”

Mike Shinoda Announces European/UK Tour

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) has announced a European/UK tour. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

03/02 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
03/03 Bremen, GER – Pier 2
03/05 Hanover, GER – Swiss Life Hall
03/06 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle
03/08 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
03/09 Paris, FRA – Zenith
03/10 London, UK – Roundhouse
03/12 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Arena
03/14 Milan, ITA – Fabrique
03/15 Padova, ITA – GT Geox
03/17 Zurich, SWI – Halle 622
03/18 Munich, GER – Zenith
03/19 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
03/21 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
03/22 Ludwidgsburg, GER – MHP Arena
03/23 Luxembourg, LUX – Luxexpo

Linkin Park’s Video For “Numb” Surpasses One Billion Views On YouTube

Linkin Park’s official video for “Numb” has become the oldest clip on YouTube to surpass one billion views. This news comes after fans started an unofficial campaign to get the video to one billion views following the death of Chester Bennington. The track is featured on the band’s sophomore album “Meteora” and it was also remixed and mashed-up with Jay Z’s “Encore” for their collaborative release “Collision Course.”