Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton has released the second single from his debut solo album, “Anesthetic,” out March 1. “Cross Off” featuring Chester Bennington is available everywhere here and can be heard below.
“Cross Off” was recorded in April 2017, and written by Mark Morton, Chester Bennington, Jake Oni and producer Josh Wilbur. Morton recorded all guitars, with Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent of Trivium handling bass and drums. The composition of the song began between Morton, Wilbur and Oni before the three approached Bennington about singing on it. Bennington loved the song and came to the studio with additional ideas and lyrics that shaped the song to be what it is today.
Morton said his experience working on “Cross Off” with Bennington “was a very free-flowing and natural process. We both really loved the song from its inception, and everyone that worked on it put a lot of energy and emotion into it. I feel like you can really hear that in the track and absolutely in Chester’s performance.”
Joining forces with WPP Records and Spinefarm Records on a worldwide basis, Morton will release the 10-track album that sees him further explore his creative drive for writing and collaboration. CD and vinyl pre-order and merch bundles are available here.
The full track listing, with the list of guest artists is below.
Morton had been writing some of this debut for years. “This album wasn’t a concerted effort to start something outside Lamb of God,” he said. “Music is always in my head, and until I write and record it, it’s stuck there. But once I record it, it’s out. It’s a catharsis, more for my own sanity.”
Singers on the album include Chester Bennington, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Myles Kennedy, Alissa White-Gluz, Mark Lanegan, Chuck Billy, Jake Oni, Josh Todd, Mark Morales and Naeemah Maddox. Musically, Morton performs all guitars, with Roy Mayorga, David Ellefson, Ray Luzier, Paolo Gregoletto, Alex Bent, Mike Inez, Jean-Paul Gaster, Steve Gorman, Marc Ford, Yanni Papadopoulos and Chris Brooks rounding out the band.
“Anesthetic” track listing:
1. “Cross Off” (featuring Chester Bennington)
2. “Sworn Apart” (featuring Jacoby Shaddix)
3. “Axis” (featuring Mark Lanegan)
4. “The Never” (featuring Chuck Billy and Jake Oni)
5. “Save Defiance” (featuring Myles Kennedy)
6. “Blur” (featuring Mark Morales)
7. “Back from the Dead” (featuring Josh Todd)
8. “Reveal” (featuring Naeemah Maddox)
9. “Imaginary Days”
10. “The Truth is Dead” (featuring Randy Blythe and Alissa White-Gluz)