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Chester Bennington's Song With Mark Morton Makes Debut

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Late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington features in a new track from Lamb Of God's Mark Morton's debut album.

Bennington appears on "Cross Off," a track from Morton's solo album Anesthetic, which is due out March 1 via Spinefarm.

"Cross Off" was written by Morton, Bennington, Jake Oni and producer Josh Wilbur. Morton recorded all guitars with Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent handled bass and drums.

"It was one of those things where we were listening to the song like, 'Who in our world would we have singing this?'" Morton tells Metal Hammer. "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. He heard the song and he was in."

"(Chester) just had a lot of creative input at the ready when he came into the studio," Morton adds. "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."

Other than Bennington, Morton's new album Anesthetic features the guitarist's Lamb Of God bandmate Randy Blythe, Alter Bridge/Slash frontman Myles Kennedy, Chuck Billy of Testament and Mark Lanegan.

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