12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although 2010’s A Thousand Suns and 2012’s Living Things found LINKIN PARK embracing a palette of sweeping electronics, The Hunting Party, is a forceful return to the guitar-driven, rap-laced rock of their breakthrough debut, Hybrid Theory. Searing guitar solos, double-time rhythms, and thrashing intensity make “Keys to the Kingdom” and “Rebellion” among the band’s heaviest songs to date, while other highlights—like “Wastelands” and “Guilty All the Same” (featuring legendary rapper Rakim)—fuse elements of classic hip-hop with the guitar heroics. The more poignant moments of The Hunting Party come with the brooding “Until It’s Gone” and the triumphant, fist-in-the-air chorus of “Final Masquerade.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although 2010’s A Thousand Suns and 2012’s Living Things found LINKIN PARK embracing a palette of sweeping electronics, The Hunting Party, is a forceful return to the guitar-driven, rap-laced rock of their breakthrough debut, Hybrid Theory. Searing guitar solos, double-time rhythms, and thrashing intensity make “Keys to the Kingdom” and “Rebellion” among the band’s heaviest songs to date, while other highlights—like “Wastelands” and “Guilty All the Same” (featuring legendary rapper Rakim)—fuse elements of classic hip-hop with the guitar heroics. The more poignant moments of The Hunting Party come with the brooding “Until It’s Gone” and the triumphant, fist-in-the-air chorus of “Final Masquerade.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

Pridak, The Warlord. ,

Fresh Follow-Up

There is just some fresh and raw new energy in this new Linkin Park record, it sonically seems to be the follow up to Minutes to Midnight, before A Thousand Suns. It feels fresh, a return of that guitar driven background Linkin Park was also known with. To me it feels like a combination of Meteora with Minutes to Midnight; whereas previous record (Living Things) sounded more like a combination of Minutes to Midnight with ATS. Will be buying yet another record from such an innovative and impressive band.. you should too!

lilmikeinfiniti ,

Still Lame

Still sounds lame. Nothing like their first two albums that made them famous. They don't sound complete anymore without Mike rapping on the tracks too. Obsessed fans can't handle the truth.

FireElemental ,

Progression of Linkin Park

When I first heard Hybrid Theory, I was amazed; I loved the album. The thing is I first heard the album back in high school. The band themselves were slightly older than me but it was still great music.
While Meteora will still rank as one of the Top Ten albums in my book, it still showed their youth; I was in college at that time. Their music was going along with their age. They were growing up and were trying new things.
Minutes to Midnight is still a good album; true not up to the Meteora standard but still, a really good album. Again, they are growing up along with the music and are trying new sounds to create an image to them.
A Thousand Suns was probably the most unusual one of the group as it had a lot more experimentation than the others. Still finding new angles to take their music hasn't lost creativity and I respect that.
Living Things did bring their experimentation with their old school sound and it was a great album. Again, growing up and listening to their fans paid off; Living Things was a good album.
Based on the currently released songs, it sounds like they upped the notch again; going back to the old days. Almost like a molding of Reanimation (Hybrid Theory's remix album) with Living Things and adding quite a bit of Meteora into the mix.
Guilty All the Same sounds like it could have been on Minutes to Midnight; Wastelands sounds like it was done on A Thousand Suns; Until It's Gone sounds like several songs on Living Things; and Rebellion sounds like it came from Meteora.
Linkin Park is taking the lessons they have learned from previous albums on what worked and sounded good, using it to create this album.

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