Posted by Newson 04/13/2012 at 9:28 AM
Linkin Park has this way of turning up, again and again, and somehow still having their presence make sense. There’s usually a reason. Transformers helped, Linkin Park essentially being the musical distillation of that franchise. (Other potential distillations: testosterone, liquid metal, using a flamethrower to skywrite Michael Bay quotes.) The 2010 Grammys, soon after, helped build cred. And right now, it helps that so many of their would-be peers are getting semi-revivals: Limp Bizkit, or at least Fred Durst, thanks to Young Money; Korn thanks to Skrillex. The sort of music, in other words, that draws the same aggro adolescents that’d turn to nu-metal in headier, more headbanging days. The thing this year’s Grammys might have had in mind with their Weezy/Foo Fighters/Deadmau5 farrago.
All this is to say it makes sense that Linkin Park’s releasing an album in June and its lead single on Monday, April 16, even more sense that it’s called “Burn It Down,” and all the sense in the world that Chester Bennington described it thusly: “The really high energy and the really strong electronic melodies and hooks kind of set this song apart…. We’ve kind of drifted into a lot more kind of electronic, digital feel.” A continuation of A Thousand Suns, then. Got it. Should have seen it coming. Let’s see what this thing can burn.
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