As the Grey Daze album Amends is out tomorrow we should celebrate. It’s exciting to have Chester’s music reimagined and available to the world in 2020! Perhaps we’ve never needed it more…
Listening to the album, I really like the contrast of Chester’s voice in each song chosen. It’s a really great mixture of Chester’s voice and showcases his talent and abilities like never before. This highlights why he is the greatest voice of modern rock. He’s very experimental in Grey Daze, discovering his sound and style, so we are spoilt with his range and emotional performance throughout Amends. B12 is really powerful (like One Step Closer) it packs a punch, but Soul Song and Morei Sky are positive and reaffirming (like The Messenger). The Syndrome is emotionally charged yet understated (like In The End and Papercut). Just Like Heroin is my favourite because it’s very dark and sombre (like Breaking The Habit?!).
Lastly, I know there’s some controversy surrounding this album particularly for some Linkin Park fans. I’d personally prefer if they changed how they’re promoting the album and picked another band member to lead it, but I also feel the overwhelming love for Chester in this album. I support this love and that’s what music is truly about. It’s about love and passion. That’s what Chester was, and nothing will ever change that.
The reason we buy/support music is because we enjoy it. Grey Daze have reengineered this music as honestly and sympathetically as they could. If they’d changed it too much they would be accused of sullying Chester’s sound. There is an undeniable improvement on the original Grey Daze musical composition as they never were that great instrumentally. Of course Chester’s voice was always better than their music - hence he found Linkin Park who were expert craftsman in creating and mixing music to the nth degree. So, everything worked out I guess.
This is just a piece of Chester’s story, and for those who admired and valued his talent it is welcomed. Chester would be proud of Amends and happy his fans were able to enjoy this music especially during these dark times. Let’s remember him the way he’d want us to. Through his music
If I had a second chance
I’d make amends