The fourth studio full-length by Linkin Park is a bit of a weird one
The fourth studio full-length by Linkin Park is a bit of a weird one – it’ll take you by surprise. ‘Burning In The Skies’ is actually a great starting point; with its slow, piano-heavy chord sequences and electronic drum beats, the Chester Bennington-led track is the forerunner in Linkin Park’s ‘new’ sound. However, that doesn’t mean each of the 15 tracks on offer here are slow to mid-tempo brooding numbers and next track, ‘When They Come For Me’, is more than enough to prove that. Kicking off with some ‘Year Zero’-era NIN electronic sounds and a Bhangra-esque drum rhythm, Mike Shinoda’s familiar rapping is all that links this (very) funky track to previous eras of the band. ‘Blackout’ is probably the closest to old Linkin Park as you’re going to get here, with Chester bringing back his famous scream for the first time so far, turntablist Mr Hahn cutting, scratching and manipulating sounds and guitarist Brad Delson riffing away clearly. ‘Wretches And Kings’ is like a mixture of both NIN and Skindred during its ragga metal / industrial chorus, while ‘Iridescent’ borrows the mass chorus sing-along technique that 30 Seconds To Mars chose to use heavily on ‘This Is War’. If you’re expecting another ‘Hybrid Theory’, forget it. ‘A Thousand Suns’ is a more experienced and experimental Linkin Park. You may not get it to begin with but persevere and you’ll be rewarded.