The Hunting Party Warner
In the lead-up to their sixth studio album, Linkin Park teased that it would contain some of their heaviest work to date. Chester Bennington’s digitalised screech comes at us in full force on the opening moments of “Keys To The Kingdom” and it’s the first sign that the six-piece aren’t filthy liars. Given they flirted with the more electronic elements of their sound on A Thousand Suns and Living Things, any drift towards more guitaroriented rock was going to be welcomed, especially when many wouldn’t have expected LP to outlast the early ‘00s nu metal boom. For the most part, they’re sussing out their place in the rock world of 2014 – take the fast and punky “War” and the surprisingly textured “Mark The Graves” with its Benningtondriven loud-quiet aesthetic. Give it a shot. Linkin Park may just surprise you yet.