Lamb Of God's Mark Morton, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington & Josh Wilbur

Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton Discusses Working With Chester Bennington On New Solo Track


Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton recruited numerous guests to appear on his forthcoming debut solo album “Anesthetic” and perhaps the most interesting of them is late Linkin Park vocalist Chester BenningtonBennington lends his voice to the opening track “Cross Off” and Morton recently spoke with Metal Hammer regarding the time he spent working with him on the song. When asked about how the collaboration came about, he stated:

“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 spoke further of working with Chester on the track in reply to being 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.”

Bennington is just one of the thirteen guests confirmed for “Anesthetic” thus far with members of Megadeth, Papa Roach, Testament and more also involved. That album will be released on March 01st.

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