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Hottest Record - Linkin Park - The Catalyst

Zane Lowe | 20:12 UK time, Monday, 2 August 2010


Detractors will tell you that Linkin Park are just a nu-metal band. Some kind of manufactured group that walk the line between pop and rock efficiently. While it's true, Linkin Park have achieved great success with a focus and drive normally reserved for professional sports teams, they are also very good at what they do. Almost ten years of near perfect pop rock anthems have earnt them huge album sales but most importantly, huge loyalty. It is a dedication to their fans and a constant creative evolution that has helped keep this afloat. On that basis 'The Catalyst' is a triumphant return for this career band.

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  • Comment number 1.

    I'm sure the people will love their new style as time goes on

  • Comment number 2.

    If you compare this to their earlier stuff, it just sounds like somewhere along the way, they stopped caring about their music.

    Even in their heavier older things they cared about the melody and how the lyrics weaved around it. In comparison, this song is a monotone chant.


  • Comment number 3.

    I also think loyalty have nothing to do with their success. I'm very much a old-school, nu-metal fan; I bought and still like their old material. I would say all but the most hardcore fans of theirs now are only there for their soft-rock-pop sound.

    Heard anything from lostprophets recently? A while back they said they were going to thrash things back up and try and find some middleground between their Shinobi Vs Dragon Ninja roots and their last effort's pithiness. Looking forward to it.

  • Comment number 4.

    The more i play the more i like this song .. Awesome record , brilliant

  • Comment number 5.

    Well said Zane. They've earned their success. This is a great song


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