Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington – High Rise
2013, Play Pen LLC
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1. Out of Time
2. Black Heart
3. Same On The Inside
4. Cry Cry
Chester Bennington – Lead Vocals
Dean DeLeo – Guitar
Robert DeLeo – Bass
Eric Kretz – Drums
Producer: Stone Temple Pilots
With the messy legal war raging on with their former lead singer Scott Weiland (who insists he is still a member of the group and will have to be bought out, not fired), STP decided to release some new music as “Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington” after bringing the Linkin Park singer into the band. Smart move.
When the band released the first single, “Out of Time”, I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t sure how Chester would fit in with STP but he does so perfectly. The band hasn’t changed their style at all, they are still STP, and it seems like maybe Bennington is getting to show a different vocal side than what he does in Linkin Park. I have new respect for him as a singer. He’s not a Weiland clone, but he’s singing these songs in the same way that I imagine Weiland would.
The second single, “Black Heart”, is almost as good as the first and “Same On The Inside” is another great tune. “Out of Time” definitely compares well with anything from the band’s 2010 self-titled release and the rest of the songs here are enjoyable.
I have no doubt that Weiland will once again rejoin STP. There probably is not much of a future for either side without one another. Linkin Park takes priority over STP and when Bennington eventually gets busy recording & touring with his own band, I’m sure there will be yet another STP reunion. In the meantime, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Weiland hook back up with Velvet Revolver (it’s been 5 years and VR still hasn’t found a new lead singer).
Regardless, creatively-speaking, there is life in this band after Weiland. They haven’t lost a step even if they’ve lost their original lead singer. I’d love for this version of the group to get another EP or a full-length album out sometime next year.
Highlights: “Out of Time”, “Black Heart”, “Same On The Inside”