Linkin Park Take Heavier Direction for New Album ‘The Hunting Party’
Linkin Park’s had an album in the works to follow up 2012’s Living Things, and now in an interview with Rolling Stone, Mike Shinoda reveals the band took a darker, more mature direction.
Shinoda speaks about listening to pre-nu-metal albums that inspired them but also getting away from the radio-friendly, pop sounds of Living Things. However, he’s careful to note that their “anger” on this release isn’t simply youthful angst.
As to why they chose this direction, he said: "It needed to be visceral. We need to weed out a lot of the soft, emo kind of approach to our music, and we need to weed out anything that feels aggressive for aggressive's sake. We're not 18-year-old kids making a loud record – we're 37-year-old adults making a loud record. And what makes a 37-year-old angry is different than what made us angry back in the day."
The Hunting Party, out in July, is both a different direction for Linkin Park but one reflecting on their older material, such as 2000’s Hybrid Theory. But for rock radio today, Shinoda admits that cuts from the album may have a hard time getting played: "They said the bottom line is, this music is gonna have a real hard time living on rock radio. It's kind of a bad move. We can't rely on a home run at radio. But I'm always up for a challenge.”
While not much has been heard by the public from the album, journalists got to hear it recently at a listening party in New York.C:\users\Irene\Pictures\Linkin Park the hunting party.jpg
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