We’re ~one step closer~ to Linkin Park‘s brand new album reaching our ear sockets, with the one-time nu metal krew finally announcing the official release date of their seventh LP One More Light. They’ve also given us a sample of what it has to offer, with a brand new tune VERY IRONICALLY dubbed ‘Heavy’ and fans are — well — about to break.
Those of you craving a return to the dynamite combo of Mike Shinoda’s cutting-edge rhymes with Chester Bennington’s fist-in-the-air throat-tearing choruses might want to bite down on something, because this might sting… a lot.
‘Heavy’ is quite possibly the least heavy song that the band (who brought us such masterpiece LPs as Meteora and Hybrid Theory) has ever released. It is, essentially, a dance-pop duet featuring Chester doing a really bad Twenty One Pilots impersonation and trading versus with a random guest pop vocalist by the name of Kiiara.
The tune has been co-written by the pop super-team of Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, who’ve generated hits for the likes of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Gwen Stefani. And look, we get it. Linkin Park are trying to evolve musically blah blah stay relevant blah blah which is something they have every right to do blah blah. The inherent risk, however, is that they will alienate their core fan base, whose main reaction to the song so far can basically be summed up as such:
But don’t take our word for it, catch some of the internet’s best (worst) reactions to ‘Heavy’ below, and remember — Chester did say the band’s new LP would challenge their fans.
Anyway, if you’re still interested after giving the tune a spin, the release date for One More Light is Friday, 19th May and pre-orders are available now.
Watch: Linkin Park — ‘Heavy’ Feat. Kiiara (Official Lyric Video)
(And don’t forget Chester Bennington left Stone Temple Pilots for this)
— Becki ❀ (@EternalRemorse) February 16, 2017
— D10S Te Salve…14,7 (@GustavoPJimenez) February 16, 2017
linkin park – heavy (ft. kiiara).mp3 pic.twitter.com/j8wvuGDcZn
— captain edgelord 🌺 (@allonsywars) February 16, 2017
make linkin park great again
— Ícaro (@_brxinwashed) February 16, 2017
Rip Linkin park 1996-2017 pic.twitter.com/Ay0hUtZdkG
— Dani Nash (@Ice9Killer) February 16, 2017
— Lisa (@thechalmi) February 16, 2017
remember learning about the holocaust? This was worse
— Byron Holbrooks (@beh900) February 17, 2017
Wish we could turn back time to the good ol' days when linkin Park was rock and not crap. #LinkinPark
— Ángel Rojo (@RevampedAngel) February 17, 2017
Mi reacción a la nueva canción de Linkin Park pic.twitter.com/RrVtCUznNX
— André (@andreburguillos) February 17, 2017
The great band that is responsible for "Hybrid Theory" …. is no longer what is use to be. Linkin Park is dead.
— Marvin Villalobos (@Marvinfinitee) February 17, 2017
Cuando ves que Linkin Park es TT pic.twitter.com/BAhKSnjl2G
— Michelle (@teresaweasley) February 17, 2017
Exclusive: Jay Z reacts to new Linkin Park. pic.twitter.com/tKp0c6e2zQ
— Tom Donno (@TomDonno1) February 17, 2017
Me watching people complaining about Linkin Park's new song pic.twitter.com/thAYq6nQ7O
— 真勇気 (@Mayuuki) February 17, 2017