The song is a mash-up of two Aoki collaborations with Linkin Park, “Darker Than Blood” and “The Light That Never Comes,” from Aoki’s album Neon Future III and the band’s remix album Recharged, respectively. Proceeds from the song will go to Music for Relief, a nonprofit organization founded by the band.
In an interview with Rolling Stone after Bennington’s passing, Aoki opened up about coping with the death of his close friend — whom he also deemed his “favorite singer” years ago.
“It was a tragedy what just happened. I still can’t believe it. Even though it’s been some time, you think, like, oh, no, no, no. I can’t believe we’re already talking about him in the past tense. I’m like, holy shit, he’s fucking gone. I’ve been playing every single day since I heard. When I play the songs that we did together live, that’s the hardest part. You remember the times you worked together, all the different moments. There’s so many different layers: It’s not just like friendship, it’s about the kind of person that he was, what his lyrics mean to the world, how powerful his voice is, and the history of what it’s meant to me, even before I even met Chester.”
Listen to “Darker Than Night That Never Bleeds Below.”