WATCH: Chester Bennington’s isolated vocals are incredible
20 July 2020, 12:55 | Updated: 20 July 2020, 14:46
We mark the anniversary of the Linkin Park frontman's tragic passing by marvelling at his vocal talent.
Three years ago, the world lost a huge talent when Chester Bennington tragically lost his life to suicide on 20 July 2017, aged just 41.
The video above sees the Linkin Park singer in 2016 recording the vocals to the song Heavy, which was featured on their seventh album One More Light. The single featured a duet between Bennington and pop star Kiiara.
Chester’s vocal is simply spine-chilling, stripped back and honest.
If there's ever an isolated vocal of the late rocker that garners the most attention, it's his stunning performance on Numb.
The 2003 song was already incredibly moving, but its heartbreaking lyrics became even more poignant after the singer's passing.
Listen to Chester Bennington's isolated vocals on the Meteora single here:
Last but not least, One More Light - which was released from the album of the same name on 3 October 2017 - sees the Linkin Park rocker sing a heartbreaking and poignant swan song to his fans.
Once again, the song's subject matter is just as haunting as his vocals, as the frontman sings: "Who cares if one more light goes out? Well, I do."
The singer and songwriter battled with drink and drug abuse over the years and he wrote lyrics and poetry to cope with sexual abuse that took place in his childhood.
He told The Guardian in 2011: "I remember that stuff happening to me at that stage and even thinking about it now makes me want to cry. My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while."
The pain and anguish found their way into his lyrics, and it was this brutal honesty that made the band’s music so appealing to millions.
Despite this, his death was still completely shocking to those closest to him, with his wife Talinda sharing footage of the rocker laughing and joking with his kids just days before his death.
She captioned the post: "This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death. He loved us SO much & we loved him. #f**kdepression #MakeChesterProud (sic)".
She preceeded it with a message on the site which read: "My next tweet is the most personal tweet I have ever done. I'm showing this so that you know that depression doesn't have a face or a mood."
RIP Chester Bennington 1976-2017
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