When I was a very young 14 year old my uncle gave me Hybrid Theory on cd and said I'd like it. I'd never heard of metal didn't understand what rock music was. Nothing. This album for so many of my generation was the red pill Morpheus offers Neo. I took it gladly and was rewarded with the truth... rock music is fucking magical. It is real, it saves souls. It is pure emancipation from suffering, reprieve from the grind (granted as a 14 year old I could only vaguely sense that, I just knew it made me feel invincible). I will forever remember Chester this way, as the man who taught an impressionable teenager its cool to be whatever the fuck you want to be and that allowing yourself to feel and be transparent about it is what it really is to be a man.
RIP Chester. You were in everyway my hero in the time before time (given that I consider Korn my year zero). Without Hybrid Theory I simply would not be who I am today, its where eeeeeverything started for me. This one is hitting me really fucking hard. Shit. Huge loss. My thoughts are with his family, friends and bandmates.
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