I haven’t seen a review of Linkin Park’s debut album, Hybrid Theory, so I decided to review it. Yes, I know it’s 2 years old, but I need something for my first post.
Linkin Park, formerly known as Hybrid Theory, are a nu metal/alternative rock band that fuses bits of rock, rap, electronica, and who knows what else into their music. The band has been compared to Limp Bizkit, which I would consider rather insulting. Linkin Park has an element that Limp Bizkit never had(besides talent): the duo of Chester Bennington’s heart-felt singing(screaming?) and Mike Shinoda’s swift raps make the band, lyrically, a force to be rekoned with in music.
Most (if not all) of the songs on Hybrid Theory have the typical teenage, hate-everything, depression-inspired lyrics(crawling in my skin / these wounds they will not heal / fear is how I fall / confusing what is real -“Crawling”) accompanied by thrashing guitar riffs and hard drumming that is seen in most alternative rock, but those lyrics are inspired by lifetimes of hardship, and you just have to sit back and nod your head–this stuff is addicting.
Despite the inherent loudness of the genre, there is still room for emotion to come in. The track “In The End” is one of the more ballad-type songs, with–dare I say–beautiful vocals and instrumentals. Chester Bennington pours his heart into his singing(I tried so hard / and got so far / but in the end / it doesn’t even matter / I had to fall / to lose it all / but in the end / it doesn’t even matter -“In The End”.
If you prefer easy-listening, soft rock: stay away. If you want something to take your aggression out with, or if you want something loud, or even if you just want something to nod your head to, then Hybrid Theory is for you.