Bennington took his own life last year after a battle with depression. While vocalist Mike Shinoda has since returned with a new solo album, the future of Linkin Park as a whole remains uncertain.
However, Carlile sparked speculation that he would be joining the band this week, as he started to tease his return to music on social media.
“It’s not over yet. The newest next chapter is coming,” he wrote on Instagram, as well as sharing a clip of himself performing with Linkin Park.
Austin Carlile returning to music with new heavy band? pic.twitter.com/HRh6B7kqfL
— Note To Scene News (@NewsNoteToScene) August 28, 2018
Austin Carlile is gonna start singing for Linkin Park. I'm calling it.
— Joshua Hayes (@Jotty_potty) August 28, 2018
Austin Carlile is the only singer I think I could 100% accept in Chester’s place for LP.
— DeadGirl Inspired 🎃👻 (@DGsinreverse) August 28, 2018
Ummmm so Austin Carlile posting some teases on his Instagram story featuring some OM&M clips and then the last, tiny clip looks like he's on stage with Chester?! pic.twitter.com/1HtnkpCdnf
— Steve (@bachpadadvntrs) August 28, 2018
However, he soon took to Twitter to deny the reports.
“Chester is one in a billion,” he replied. “There’s no way myself or anyone else for that matter would ever be able to replace him. Performing ‘Faint’ every night on our European tour together & festivals stateside, was one of the most special memories of my career. New project, yes. LP, no.”
Chester is one in a billion. There's no way myself or anyone else for that matter would ever be able to replace him. Performing "Faint" every night on our European tour together & festivals stateside, was one of the most special memories of my career. New project, yes. LP, no.
— Austin Carlile (@austincarlile) August 29, 2018
Speaking of what the future may hold for Linkin Park, frontman Mike Shinoda recently told NME: “I don’t really know where it’s gonna go. I’m basically trying to keep everything really open (right now).
“I’m more excited about shows now than any time I can remember, just even doing a club show the other night for 600 people. I’d written like a set for 60 minutes and I was onstage for 85, just kind of milking it. I was actually talking a lot, I added songs to the set and I was just enjoying being up there. We were just having this really cool, communal energy or something.
“So I’m really just looking forward to more of that and wherever that takes me.”
Last year saw Carlile parted ways with the metalcore band Of Mice & Men amid his ongoing battle with Marfan Syndrome – a rare fibrositic connective tissue disorder that painfully causes his body to seize up.