Linkin Park have moved on from their debut album Hybrid Theory and so should you. At least, that’s what frontman Chester Bennington reckons.
ICYMI: the nu metal graduates’ latest material ‘Heavy’, ‘Battle Symphony’ and ‘Good Goodbye’ feat. Stormzy & Pusha T sounds a world apart from their seminal 2000 debut, and the internet has had ~a lot~ of opinions on the matter.
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Wish we could turn back time to the good ol' days when linkin Park was rock and not crap. #LinkinPark
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And now, Bennington has had a chat with NME about the largely neg reaction they’ve copped from a huge slice of their OG fanbase. And, unlike Linkin Park’s new sound, his response to naysaying fans has been aggressive.
“When we made Hybrid Theory, I was the oldest guy in the band and in my early 20s. That’s why I guess I’m like, ‘Why are we still talking about Hybrid Theory? It’s fucking years ago. It’s a great record, we love it. Like, move the fuck on. You know what I mean?”
Bennington also had some harsh words for fans who’ve accused the band of “selling out” by courting commercial success.
“We were asked, ‘What do you think of people who say you sold out?’ I don’t care. If you like the music, fantastic. If you don’t like it, that’s your opinion too. Fantastic. If you’re saying we’re doing what we’re doing for a commercial or monetary reason, trying to make success out of some formula… then stab yourself in the face!”
Hybrid Theory fans will no doubt be hoping he channels some of that violent angst into the next Linkin Park record.
In the meantime, the band’s new LP One More Light drops next Friday, 19th May.