Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington has recently discussed the band's latest album "The Hunting Party," chatting about the record's vibe and guest stars, also bashing indie rockers along the way.
During a Loudwire interview, Chester noted how the band was quite laid-back and free of pressure whenever considering the musical direction they wanted to take.
"We got to the point where we were kind of like, needing some inspiration and we wanted to work with someone else so we did a jam session with Tom Morello for a day, got some great music out of that. We called [SOAD guitarist] Daron [Malakian], he was down to come down and hang out," the vocalist said.
"There was no pressure, it wasn't like, 'Hey, we want to hire you to come in and write a song with us.' It was, 'Hey we want to be inspired and curious if you wanted to work on something with us. We don't know what that means, if that means come in and listen to our music we've been working on and collaborate on that or write something completely new together.' He came in with the song 'Rebellion.'"
Further discussing guest stars, Bennington added, "Even though I can't remember his name, kicking myself for it, we worked with a producer that typically works as a songwriter on the song 'Final Masquerade.' This guy typically writes songs for the biggest pop artists in the world - Rihanna, Katy Perry. To work with a guy like that is stepping out of our comfort zone and we ended up writing a great song. It was a lot of fun, we had a lot of opportunities to step out of that, out of our world and invite people in for the first time."
When it comes to the group's emotions about the current state of music, Chester once again pointed out how the guitar-driven world seems too mellow at the moment. He went far enough to openly rip today's indie acts.
"I am angry at the state of alternative rock music, the state of indie music," he said. "It's not alternative, it's not indie. It's unapologetically writing adult contemporary pop songs and selling them as indie rock songs and it's f--ked. We need to do something about it and do something that shines a light on heavy music and bring some of that back hopefully because it's not happening right now.
"We're not saying that we hate every band out there right now," Bennington stressed. "There are a handful of bands that are really great. But there's only a handful of them and none of them are making aggressive records. All the great bands that are doing aggressive records that are semi-popular, there are still only a handful of bands that do it consistently on a level that doesn't really hit a niche market. So, we found ourselves in a very unique position to go in and make a record and use all of our skills as songwriters and our abilities to craft great pop songs, and throw some f--king anger in there."
"The Hunting Party" saw its release on June 13 via Warner Bros, marking the band's sixth studio record.