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Linkin Park's Bennington Praises Korn Singer's 'Damned' Lyrics

Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington recorded vocals for “System,” a song written by Jonathan Davis and Richard Gibbs for the movie Queen Of The Damned. The song was originally sung by Davis for the main character Lestat. The Korn singer’s version is still in the movie, but was not included on the soundtrack, due to Davis’s contract with Epic Records. Bennington replaced Davis’s vocals on the soundtrack and said he paid a lot of attention to Davis’s lyrics.

“One of the things I noticed when I was listening to the versions that he had sang over was the lyrical content of the songs that he co-wrote,” he said. “I thought it was really fitting to the actual book because he does become, you know, a rock star in the book and he does perform and he sings about being a vampire and hunting upon people. So, Jonathan incorporated those things into the lyrics, which I thought was very important. And since I’m such a big fan, I have read all the books, I think I can kind of relate to Lestat a little bit more than someone who doesn’t know the film or the books.”

The Queen Of The Damned soundtrack is set for release February 19 and the movie hits theaters February 22.