Saturday, July 14, 2012

CD Review: Linkin Park Gathers Around All "Living Things"

Linkin Park were late-comers to the nu metal scene, but since their introduction to the musical genre, they became the torch bearers. Their mix of pounding beats, screaming vocals and the occasional hip-hop scratching has become the blueprint for many of today’s rising metal bands. They add a sort of energy to their songs that isn’t always easy to do, but Linkin Park continue this feat on a regular basis.

The band has had three consecutive albums debut at the number one spot on the Billboard Album chart and their latest album; “Living Things” continued that trend. The new album was released on June 20 and debuted at that number one spot on the Billboard Album chart. The new album was co-produced by Rick Rubin and singer Mike Shinoda, as were the last three Linkin Park albums.

The album leads off with “Lost In The Echo” which is a keyboard driven song with pounding dance beats and hip-hop rolling lyrics, but it does include their signature scream to give the song a more metal feeling. The album’s first single “Burn It Down” contains that energetic, sing-along chorus with more rapping lyrics. The big beats and metal vocals of “Lies Greed Misery” are the perfect example of how Linkin Park has mastered the nu metal sound. The band experiments on the song “Castle Of Glass,” including some great harmonizing between singers Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington. The band comes roaring back with the heavy metal sound of “Victimized,” before slowing things down for the big, epic sounding “Roads Untraveled.” The album closes with the electronic sounds of “Powerless.”

Linkin Park will begin their tour in August as part of the Honda Civic Tour. They will be performing on August 12 at the Mohegan Sun arena with Mutemath before heading out on the road with Incubus. For more information on the new album and for a complete list of tour dates, check out

1 comment:

Jim Hutson said...

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