Out of Ashes is the debut studio album by American rock band Dead by Sunrise, which consists of Linkin Park lead vocalist Chester Bennington and the band members of Julien-K. It was released on October 13, 2009 through Warner Bros Records. The album charted in a respectably high position in the Billboard 200, peaking at #29. Japanese edition includes bonus track "Morning After".
Out Of Ashes is the first album from Chester Bennington's new project Dead By Sunrise. Feeling freed by being able to write about his real problems and real life, Bennington holds nothing back in exposing his demons.
You know the voice. With Linkin Park, that voice has shared stages with Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, Alice In Chains, the Doors, Perry Farrell. It's won four American Music Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, and two Grammy's, and headlined stadiums around the world. Right now it is the driving musical force behind the theme song to the biggest movie of the year, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. And it is a voice that is loved and revered by fans around the world. Yeah, you know the voice of Chester Bennington. And now, stepping outside of Linkin Park on Out Of Ashes, the first album from his new project, Dead By Sunrise - Bennington, Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh, formerly of Orgy and current Julien-K members, Brandon Belsky, Elias Andra, and Anthony 'FU Valcic -Bennington gives fans a revealing look at the man behind the voice.
Easily the best album the group ever recorded, Nicely Out Of Tune is one of the prettiest folk-rock albums of the late 1960s. If Lindisfarne had never recorded anything else, they'd be one of the most fondly remembered acts of their era just for this album. "Lady Eleanor" is a very pretty tune that manages to incorporate elegant mandolin over some heavy rock riffing. "Road To Kingdom Come" is closer in spirit to the group's usual pub-rock sound, a singalong-type number with lots of really crunchy harmonica, mandolin, and fiddle, and a really catchy chorus – "Jackhammer Blues" is pretty nearly as good a rocker. But "Winter Song" is one of the gentlest, most haunting folk ballads of its period, almost too pretty to have come from a rock band, and "Alan In The River With Flowers" isn't far behind. The rest is in the same class and league, and as a bonus the CD contains two lost B-sides, "Knackers Yard Blues" and "Nothing But The Marvelous Is Beautiful" – they're not bad, either.
"…This nomadic anthology captures the pathos of the human condition with originality and verve. Multichannel SACD is an ideal medium for this music. The understated nuances of the various stringed instruments are reproduced with clear acoustics, whether it’s a prominent rhythm guitar, or delicate lute. Tonal quality of the voices is flawless. The depth and texture of the vocals (in particular the ensembles) refine the musical eminence." ~Audiophile Audition