Linkin Park Moving Away From Electronics On New Album

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington appears to have admitted that the band went too far with the experimental, heavily electronic sound.

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According to Blabbermouth.net, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington appears to have admitted that the band went too far with the experimental, heavily electronic sound of its last album, "A Thousand Suns". Speaking with Kerrang! magazine about the band's fifth LP, which is being recorded now for a summer release, Bennington said, "With this album, we've incorporated a lot of guitar work with big choruses and the heavier electronic stuff to give it that really big wall of sound feeling without getting too metal. This will be more familiar to people than 'A Thousand Suns' was, where we were like 'F--k it, we're just going to go bonkers."

"A Thousand Suns" polarized the band's fans, while not selling nearly as many copies as the group's previous three multi-platinum studio efforts.

Vocalist Mike Shinoda told The Pulse Of Radio at the time that Linkin Park were glad they went in a new direction. "I think we were just at a point where were hearing out things out there in the music world, a lot of stuff that was kind of boring us," he said. "The music that we were writing that sounded like something that Linkin Park would do was kind of boring us. And we wanted to really challenge ourselves to try something that felt fresh and exciting."

Bennington also told Kerrang!, "Over the previous two records, we were trying hard to break out of the nu-metal box that we'd found ourselves in. It's very easy to characterize us as that based on (first two albums) 'Hybrid Theory' and 'Meteora', but we knew there was more to us than that... I feel like we've found a place where we've become comfortable in our skin."

Bennington also revealed that the band would stay away from the political themes it tackled on "A Thousand Suns", writing more this time "about relationships".

38 comments sorted by best / new / date

    metallicaftwlp
    If ain't broke, don't fix it. Please go back to Hybrid Theory/Meteora style. The last two albums sucked imo.
    iommi600
    And if possible, come back with more of that Shinoda's rapping + Chester's voice and melodies + loud guitars... this formula made me really enjoy 'Hybrid Theory' and 'Meteora' and I'm not even a fan of new metal.
    lincjones
    As long as they can really continue with the musicianship they showed in A Thousand Suns, this album could possibly be their best.
    deathdemon89
    I think A thousand Suns was really good, actually. Much better than Minutes to Midnight by far. And if their new album is of the same caliber, I'd be more than satisfied.
    WM121
    I didn't mind the last two. While they weren't great, at least they were interesting to listen to.
    Jasonbts
    metallicaftwlp wrote: If ain't broke, don't fix it. Please go back to Hybrid Theory/Meteora style. The last two albums sucked imo.
    In your opinion.. It's up to the band to do what they want, not to the fans to dictate what they do. If their hearts weren't in continuing the HT/Meteora sound, then the albums after would have been empty and boring. It may just take time too... I look at LP as being in the same place as Rush. The first couple Rush albums had a good following then with Caress of Steel things went downhill (with the fans, not the music).. But once Rush truly found their sound with Moving Pictures they've been unstoppable. I think LP has their own Moving Pictures coming.
    teamoverdrunk16
    I like some of the minutes to midnight songs live. Album... meh. Still my favourite band of all time
    AEnima18
    I give them props for experimenting, but I'll be happier if they go back to a heavier, more straightforward sound.
    BOYERxBREAKDOWN
    I really enjoyed ATS, I still listen to it sometimes but a heavier direction like their earlier stuff is more than welcome.
    lefty311
    The first two albums are great... The last two sucked. There was maybe 4 good tracks between the last two albums.
    6-String_Madman
    Relationships... again?! You may tackle social issues or other stuff but let's not go back there again and let's move on... The only thing that I see wrong with "A Thousand Suns" is when they sounded more like... "dubstep". It gave me an analogy... Metallica : Lulu; Linkin Park : A Thousand Suns..
    Minivirus2
    Over the previous two records, we were trying hard to break out of the nu-metal box that we'd found ourselves in. It's very easy to characterize us as that based on (first two albums) 'Hybrid Theory' and 'Meteora'
    Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Those two albums were great! I wouldn't really classify them a nu-metal so much either. I know the term 'Nu-metal' carried a certain negative connotation for numerous years, but there's actually some pretty good music that came out of that scene. I'll never stop loving By Myself, A Place For My Head and Forgotten. The first two are easily two of the heaviest songs to come from the Nu-metal scene and One Step Closer single handedly got me into heavier music and made me throw away my Creed albums when I was 10.
    Jasonbts
    deathdemon89 wrote: I think A thousand Suns was really good, actually. Much better than Minutes to Midnight by far. And if their new album is of the same caliber, I'd be more than satisfied.
    I agree. A Thousand Suns almost felt like an incomplete idea.. there was a lot of mind blowing stuff in there but I think it wasn't exactly where they were trying to be. Maybe not.. but I agree, if the new album is anything like A Thousand Suns I'll love it, and honestly.. even if it's not I'll still probably love it haha
    FlyingPirahna
    A Thousand Suns has more replay value than the angst of Meteora and Hybrid Theory. I wouldn't mind if they DID continue to go more bonkers electronically.
    AcdcTXfan
    Thank God! This completely contradicts what he said a year ago, but I'm glad.
    vppark2
    I don't think theyll pull it off, still sounds like shit, the way Chester is saying this.
    robo37
    iommi600 wrote: come back with more of that Shinoda's rapping
    No.
    RequiemofDemons
    The albums weren't bad, not the greatest thing but they were still pretty solid albums. Looking forward to a new one
    godisasniper
    I loved A Thousand Suns. It was a really unique, left-field kind of record and it makes most of their previous material feel immature. That said, should be a solid album, minus a few missteps on Minutes To Midnight they've been just getting better and better over the last few years as musicians and songwriters.
    tonello
    I didn't think the last two albums were bad. Maybe could have been better, but not the worst.
    Oh_Nutz
    YESSSSS NO POLITICS!! i'm so sick of bands with political messages embedded within their music!!
    supersonic23
    I admired what they were trying to do with the last two albums, I even liked a few songs. But overall it came out very disjointed. Still can't wait to see what they are going to do next.
    GenerationKILL
    good. Meteora is one of my favourite albums from my younger years. I really hope this doesnt mean they're going to cop-out and write content suitable for girls in grade 10 to cry along to...
    b_flo
    This will be interesting...However, I don't think they'll be doing a Hybrid Theory/Meteora album. They'll continue to evolve/experiment new sounds/genres.
    Superperfex
    Their first two albums hit the spot. That's what made them linkin park. This new stuff is cool and all but it's just not them. I understand bands evolving, but this is like genetic splicing.
    Minivirus2
    Minivirus2 wrote: Over the previous two records, we were trying hard to break out of the nu-metal box that we'd found ourselves in. It's very easy to characterize us as that based on (first two albums) 'Hybrid Theory' and 'Meteora' Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Those two albums were great! I wouldn't really classify them a nu-metal so much either. I know the term 'Nu-metal' carried a certain negative connotation for numerous years, but there's actually some pretty good music that came out of that scene. I'll never stop loving By Myself, A Place For My Head and Forgotten. The first two are easily two of the heaviest songs to come from the Nu-metal scene and One Step Closer single handedly got me into heavier music and made me throw away my Creed albums when I was 10.
    Sorry, cocked that one up. By Myself and Forgotten were the two I meant. APFMH just had great lyrics.
    Jasonbts
    "a lot of guitar work with big choruses and the heavier electronic stuff" That doesn't sound like they are moving away from electronics... Nice article title.
    OxMxGxTACOS
    About ****ing time they realized their experimental sounds suck. Hybrid theory and Meteora were absolutely flawless. Stick with that.