Ever since the early-aughts super-combo of Hybrid Theory and Meteora, Linkin
Park has been doing something popular artists just don’t do: going off-menu.
Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell, Joe
Hahn and Mike Shinoda collectively came to the hard decision to deviate from
the foundation of their success in search of fresh new sounds and ideas. On the
records that followed, Minutes to Midnight and A Thousand Suns, LP made the
courageous leap into the unknown.
The learning curve was arduous, but a necessary and welcome challenge for the
band. "Hybrid Theory" isn’t just the title of the first album, but a career mission
statement. From day one, Linkin Park built the band upon the premise of fusing
all of their favorite styles of music—as disparate as they might be—into one
signature sound. Fast-forward 12 years to LIVING THINGS and the same six
players have not only developed new tools to make that philosophy a reality, but
they’re finally comfortable embracing—and coalescing—every aspect of their
OK, maybe not the XXL work shirts and neon hair dye of the early days. But in
their music, the band has spent the past year reinventing how to tastefully bridge
the gap between all the musical destinations they’ve visited, and how to marry all
the ideas they’ve accumulated. And as LIVING THINGS began taking shape, for
the first time Linkin Park was eager to use every tool in their toolbox. With each
song, they flexed their expertise with both cutting-edge and classic gear, and they
infused their vocals with an honest, thrilling enthusiasm; they picked apart their
own ideas of what defines a song, and what defines Linkin Park.
LIVING THINGS is a personal album, centered on human emotions and
relationships implied by the title. It is informed by and built upon all previous
Linkin Park albums, while still pushing the band’s sound into new territory. It’s
spirited, energetic, daring and unafraid to hybridize the past, present and future.
It’s absolute proof to a radical theory six musicians have devoted their lives to