Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton released the secong single from his forthcoming debut album Anesthetic, out March 1, 2019. But many fans were surprised to hear a familiar voice, that of Chester Bennington, frontman of Linkin Park who tragically passed away in 2017.
The track “Cross Off” was recorded in April 2017 and written by Mark Morton, Chester Bennington, Jake Oni, and producer Josh Wilbur. Bennington apparently loved the song and came to the studio with additional ideas and lyrics that helped shape the song to be what it is today.
Speaking about working with Bennington on the track Morton said “it 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.”
Morton had been writing some of this debut for years. “This album wasn’t a concerted effort to start something outside Lamb of God,” he explains. “Music is always in my head, and until I write and record it, it’s stuck there. But once I record it, it’s out. It’s a catharsis, more for my own sanity.”
Those included on the album are: Chester Bennington, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Myles Kennedy, Alissa White-Gluz, Mark Lanegan, Chuck Billy, Jake Oni, Josh Todd, Mark Morales, and Naeemah Maddox. Musically, Morton performs all guitars, with Roy Mayorga, David Ellefson, Ray Luzier, Paolo Gregoletto, Alex Bent, Mike Inez, Jean-Paul Gaster, Steve Gorman, Marc Ford, Yanni Papadopoulos, and Chris Brooks rounding out the band.
Under WPP Records and Spinefarm Records, Morton will release the 10-track album on March 1, 2019, but CD and vinyl pre-order and merch bundles are now available here. The full tracklisting is below:
ANESTHETIC TRACK LISTING:
1. “Cross Off” (feat. Chester Bennington)
2. “Sworn Apart” (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)
3. “Axis” (feat. Mark Lanegan)
4. “The Never” (feat. Chuck Billy + Jake Oni)
5. “Save Defiance” (feat. Myles Kennedy)
6. “Blur” (feat. Mark Morales)
7. “Back From The Dead” (feat. Josh Todd)
8. “Reveal” (feat. Naeemah Maddox)
9. “Imaginary Days”
10. “The Truth Is Dead” (feat. Randy Blythe + Alissa White-Gluz)