In 2005 Hestla became the lead vocalist of Dark New Day. Dark New Day released their first full length, Twelve Year Silence, in 2005. Their single "Brother" reached No. 7 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock charts.
Currently, he's working on his debut solo album. He confirmed that Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, Clint Lowery of Sevendust, Troy McLawhorn of Evanescence and Corey Lowery of Eye Empire will perform as guest players on his record.