Linkin Park are back. This time around with a ground-breaking album, surpassing their previous works. Some call it different, some call it evolutionary while others call it quits! Undoubtedly, as the cover implies, Linkin Park attempts to break the mold and burst through the year 2012. What describes this action better, is nothing else than the lyrics of their new single ‘Burn It Down‘, they’re building it all to break it back down! Like pieces of a puzzle that are fitted anew, in order to adjust to a more modern sound.
‘Living Things’ in terms of a full album, combines several listening feelings that arose during the past while listening to ‘A Thousand Suns‘ or ‘Hybrid Theory‘. Mike Shinoba is once again spitting some hard hitting rhymes while Chester Bennington is giving a most unhinged vocal performance.
In terms of the music, the electronic emergence of Joe Hahn is quite obvious throughout the entire album. Several different electronic elements as well as uniquely applied sound samples add more to the musical palette. Drummer Rob Bourdon is also an invisible hero on this, with a seamless quality bashing in ‘Victimized‘ and solid breakdown during ‘In My Remains‘. It is true that Linkin Park, had a more hands-on-hard-riffs approach; aggressive yet luring and sometimes atmospheric. However, ‘Living Things‘ journeys through all stages and genres by applying features more recent while keeping a great analogy between melodies, vocals, spitting and electronic samples.
Lyrically, there is an obvious essence of loss, heartache but no regret. “The love that you lost isn’t worth what it cost and in time you’ll be glad that it’s gone”, is a hard verse and reveals some personal pain and experience, taken from ‘Roads Untraveled‘.
New Era experiment? Post-Apocalyptic Visions? No matter how you call it, Linkin Park are getting darker before the future bright days? Boundaries are meant to be broken if one wants to mend a new world. Say goodbye to the old and embrace the new! “Like an army, falling, one by one by one…”
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