In March, Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton will release a solo album titled Anesthetic. The LP finds Morton teaming up with several special guests, among them the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, who appears on the opening track, “Cross Off.”
Back in April 2017, just three months before he’d be found dead of a suspected suicide in Southern California, Linkin Park singer Bennington recorded a song with Morton for the album. He was excited about it, as he posted to his Twitter page around that time:
The track I did with Mark Morton is SICK🤘
— Chester Bennington (@ChesterBe) April 13, 2017
The song showcases Bennington’s powerful vocal abilities, whether singing, screaming or shouting. It briefly surfaced online this week, but was taken down ahead of its official release on January 8. Stylistically, that’s significantly different in feel and tone than Linkin Park’s One More Light album, which was a decidedly pop-oriented effort from the band that marked Bennington’s final album with the group.
We’ll have to wait until January 8 to hear “Cross Off” in full, but in the meantime here’s “The Truth is Dead,” which finds Morton working with his band mate, vocalist Randy Blythe, as well as Alyssa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy.
Via the press release announcing the album, Anesthetic finds Morton working with a host of special guests worth noting:
Singers on the album include 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, Paulo Gregoletto and Alex Bent, Mike Inez, Jean-Paul Gaster, Steve Gorman and Marc Paul rounding out the band.