Linkin Park’s ‘Burn It Down’

17 Apr

Since the enormous success of their début album of 2000, ‘Hybrid Theory‘, Linkin Park have become one of the biggest names in Nu Metal. The follow-ups, ‘Meteora‘ (2002) and ‘Minutes to Midnight‘ (2006) only boosted the bands popularity as they further developed their sound; giving metal a more mainstream twist with the electronic synths and raps. However, the band took their experimentations a little too far with their 2010 album, ‘A Thousand Suns‘ in which fans could hardly recognise them. The singer, Chester Bennington, himself has even admitted to regretting the last album saying that it was “bonkers“. However, despite the fall, Linkin Park still plan to make a comeback after learning some lessons. The new album, ‘Living Things‘ (set for release 25th June UK and 26 June USA), will be familiar as they return to their older sounds so it is expected to be created by lots of  “electronic stuff to give it that really big wall of sound” with less metal. The band have released their first tile from the album, ‘Burn it Down‘, in hope that they can win back their fans and the respect of the alternative scene.

Simply it is a basic pop-rock sound with a heavy reliance on, as Bennington puts it, the electronic stuff whilst the guitars hide in the background. The synths are relatively old-school, but there is a heavy industrial beat that brings out the aggressive drums – a technique typical of the band. The electronic sounds would work wonders live in an arena, as they bounce around the track’s formations giving it some much needed energy. The vocals are nothing striking; Bennington has the same coarse sounds that contrasts with the pretty synths making it quite awkward, whilst Mike Shinoda carries the same clear-cut rapped verse that probably suits the composition better than the leading vocals. Lyrics are written with the same abundance of fantastical imagery, made-up of vague metaphors but also kept to a minimal. It is a song that follows another fight against another oppressor but there is no really clarity, meaning the subject-matter can be pretty universal, reflective of numerous circumstances.

Personally, I think I am sat on the fence for this; I cannot decide if I like it or not. It could be better if the guitars were allowed to come forward and give the track a fierce edge. Also, I think Linkin Park is definitely a group for the younger generation for they are a perfect companion for teenage angst. Their lyrics are not to the point enough to be taken seriously; the vagueness is often appealing to the inexperienced and troubled minds of the teenagers who feel that the world is against them (I should know, I was one of them), because they offer an escape from reality. But the old power is still missing. I doubt they can ever remake the awesome vibes that came from their earlier material; ‘One Step Closer‘ and ‘Breaking The Habit‘ are songs that I always find myself going back to, but ‘Burn it Down‘ is nowhere near the top.

It will, nevertheless, be interesting to see how the album does and what kind of sounds it will possess. Check out the new single below and decide for yourself:

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