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Dead By Sunrise

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(2005 – present)

Dead by Sunrise (formerly known as Snow White Tan) is an American rock band. The band features Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Amir Derakh, Ryan Shuck, Brandon Belsky, Frank Zummo (Street Drum Corps), and Anthony “Fu” Valcic from Julien-K and Orgy. Dead by Sunrise’s debut album, Out of Ashes, was released worldwide on October 13, 2009. Dead by Sunrise started to form in 2005 while Chester Bennington was writing songs for Linkin Park’s album Minutes to Midnight.

According to Bennington, “I came up with a few songs that felt and sounded really good, but I knew they weren’t right stylistically for Linkin Park. They were darker and moodier than anything I’d come up with for the band. So I decided to work on them on my own rather than turn them over and have them transformed into Linkin Park tracks.” However, the foundation for Dead by Sunrise was laid much earlier, when future bandmate Shuck met Bennington during the recording of Linkin Park’s first album Hybrid Theory. In an interview, Shuck states that “I always used to go to his house and hear him play acoustic guitar. And I always thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, these are such good songs.’”

Recording of the band’s debut album began in July 2008 after touring for Linkin Park had finished. Working simultaneously on his solo album and Linkin Park’s next record, Bennington recorded Out of Ashes with producer Howard Benson (who has also worked with Three Days Grace, My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, and simultaneously Full Circle by Creed) and bandmates from Julien-K.

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