Linkin Park continues to bewilder critics and shock fans with their constantly growing and ever-changing sound. Long-term fans of the band undoubtedly hold their collective breath every time rumors of a new release begin to surface.
After 2010's A Thousand Suns and 2012's Living Things, Linkin Park proved their ability to pen songs that touched on broader conceptual elements while also exploring sounds outside of the traditional guitar-bass-drums-vox approach to modern hard rock.
Embracing new instruments, sounds, and writing styles brought both an influx of new fans and exposure, as well as a good amount of backlash from die-hard "old-school fans" who missed the raw and unrelenting assault of the Hybrid Theory/Meteora days. This "old" sound revolved around their unique twin-frontman approach, screaming breakdowns, and hi-gain guitars paired with hip hop and heavy rock grooves. The new territory seemed to be branching into more electronica, piano/sample-oriented writing, and to some critics - a complete and total departure from hard rock or metal.
While fans embraced this new aspect of the band, many found this new sound to be a wrongful abandonment from the very unique signature sound that the band was known for.
Come 2014, Linkin Park seemed to appease everyone on all sides with one of their most talked-about new releases in years! Entitled "GUILTY ALL THE SAME", their new single proves to be a "return to form" for the band, with a heavy guitar-driven sound that has even the old-school fans talking. For Linkin Park fans, hearing Brad Delson's heavy guitar playing on a new song is a VERY welcome return.
Featuring the rapper Rakim, the song features a completely distorted guitar riff-oriented style with an upbeat tempo and the signature aggressive vocal style of Chester Bennington. The song totally revolves around a heavy guitar riff - a songwriting style that has not been the case for quite some time. Full of yelling choruses and refrains, Chester delivers a powerful performance that beautifully complements the more down-tempo "breakdown" of the tune, where Rakim raps spoken word over the top of haunting samples and yes, more distorted chunky guitar chords.
One glance at the band's Soundcloud/YouTube track posting shows fans of all walks being [positively] vocal about this welcomed "throwback" sound of the band that they know and love. This expansion of sound over the last few years may prove to be more of a growth, rather than a purposeful shift in direction as Linkin Park continues to stay at the top of their game and are unquestionably one of the biggest acts not only in rock, but in all of music.
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