There's a war going down on the new Linkin Park album, the band's first since not produced by Rick Rubin. Without the guidance of their bearded generalissimo, these Cali rap-rock commandos go rogue, flinging missiles in all directions. They attack record companies, politicians, rule makers, exes, and anyone else in sight, all the while rediscovering the savage fun of super-loud guitars. The band has described "The Hunting Party" as a prequel to "Hybrid Theory," their mega-selling debut, and while the members work in plenty of the pretty synths and electro bits they've explored over the last decade, they spend much of this record pummeling away like back in the day. The aggressive sound fits with the defensive lyrics, and the group arrives reinvigorated, ready for a fight. Mike Shinoda apparently ditched early demos that would have sent Linkin Park further into electronic territory, and given the ferocity of this music, his band mates seem thrilled by that decision. Why all the raging?
It's a blisteringly hot afternoon in the summer of , and the thousands of drunk and sunburnt headbangers in attendance at the Toronto stop of this year's North American Ozzfest tour are in a deeply foul mood. Already enraged to the boiling point by Crazy Town's flaccid set of sub-Chili Peppers rap rock, they are considerably less than stoked to see fellow Southern California nu-metallers Linkin Park take the stage; before Chester Bennington can even grab the microphone for the first song of their set, the band is already being pelted with a rain of cans, CDs, and other detritus so torrential that Revolver — initially observing the show from just off to the side of the stage—is forced to take cover behind guitarist Brad Delson's wall of guitar amps. And yet the band plays on, feeding off the crowd's energy and blasting it right back. Though Linkin Park's songs, drawn entirely from their debut Hybrid Theory , are more pop- and rap-oriented than many of the metalheads in attendance would prefer, the band's high-energy performance — which includes Bennington whirling about the stage while wrapped in a Canadian flag — eventually wins over most of the once-antagonistic audience. Even the angry fat kid in the front row who doggedly chants "Fuck you! Fuck you!
From the topic Music. Even if you're not a fan of nu-metal band Linkin Park, you probably will have at least heard a few of their songs on the radio. Meanwhile their debut album, 's Hybrid Theory, sold nearly 30 million records and won them a Grammy. Now they're back, with another headline set at Donington's Download Festival behind them and a new studio album. It features contributions from the likes of rapper Rakim, Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello and System of a Down's Daron Malakian and also sees the band return to a more guitar-driven sound while at the same time retaining the group's usual melodic overtones and electronic touches. I feel like there's so much of it out there. He adds: "There's this visceral, heavy, aggressive thing that I wanted to hear which was simultaneously raw and dirty but also futuristic and had sample elements and electronic elements that were slightly understated but still as raw as the drums and guitar. Guitarist Brad Delson says after experimenting with different instruments on 's A Thousand Suns and Living Things from , it was time to focus on a heavier, more gritty sound. He adds: "For this record Mike and I talked in the beginning about making an instrument-driven, technical record that was visceral. The band admits that their last two albums have been lighter in approach with "an overdose of safe, pop, adult contemporary rock".
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