Emotionally charged albums are always a special challenge for a reviewer, because sometimes it’s not so much the music that counts but more the feelings that are connected to it. The third album by Grey Daze is such a case.
‘Amends’ and its eleven songs are the heritage of no one else but Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. The singer, who left us three years ago and way too early, started his career with Grey Daze and has been working hard to get the band back together in his last months. With ‘Amends’, the band is now reuniting and fulfilling Bennington’s most heartfelt wish posthumously. So much about the emotional aspect of this album and, of course, the review could end here.
Nevertheless, let’s have a look at the musical relevance of the new songs also. With the support of well-known musicians (‘Munky’ Shaffer (Korn), Paige Hamilton (Helmet), Chris Traynor (Bush, Helmet) and others), Grey Daze is release music that’s located somewhere between alternative rock, modern rock and (post-)grunge. Grey Daze don’t break new ground and with ‘Amends’ they don’t revolutionize the music world either, both certainly not the intention of this album.
‘Amends’ is a record that brings a great voice of nu- and modern metal back to life, and if it’s just on an album. It is a reminder of where the journey could have gone if, yes if…. This album is entertaining and evokes memories and feelings which makes it an longplayer that is beyond a rating.
- What’s in the Eye
- The Syndrome
- In Time
- Just Like Heroine
- Soul Song
- Morei Sky
- She Shines
- Shouting Out
Label: Loma Vista Recordings
Genre: Modern/Alternative Rock
Release Date EU: June 26th, 2020