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. Apple Digital Master

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

AquasAccount ,

It's not really Hybrid Theory or Meteora

No, it's not Hybrid Theory or Meteora, but here's the way I see it; people need to start reviewing the new music based on it being new music, not on whether or not it's Hybrid Theory 3. I'll admit, I'd love to see a new LP album that revisits that style, but when I read reviews saying the album is crap because it's not a carbon copy of their first two albums, I don't see someone who looks at music as art, or the people who write the music as artists; I see a whiny person who only rates the album based on how much it sounds like Hybrid Theory or Meteora. It's kind of sad how close minded some people can be. What we have here is, in my opinion, one of their best albums since Meteora. They got rid of Rick Ruben, which I think is was a smart move. He really held the band back, I personally believe he's the one who drove their music into the more poppy direction we saw with A Thousand Suns and Living Things. This album's got much more energy than any of their albums have had since Minutes to Midnight, and Mike's rapping is a vast improvement over the last two albums as well. Chester hasn't had this much energy since No More Sorrow, and we sure as hell haven't heard this much real guitar or drumming since Meteora. To review the rest of the songs, I'll do them each separately.

Keys to the Kingdom- Full of energy, still maintains a nice melody, Mike's rapping is pretty good, not the best I've heard from him but far from being bad. This song reminds me more of Meteora; Mainly focussing on rapping choruses from Mike while Chester has the smaller verses, something that was first introduced on Meteora. It's almost like a heavy rock version of Lost in the Echo from Living Things.
All for Nothing- Definitely one of my favorite songs from this album, and one of my favorites from them over all. Page Hamilton's vocals definitely brought a lot to this song, and Mike's rapping is some of the best rapping I've heard from him. The guitar is fun to listen to and it's got one amazing solo. I've always liked Brad's solos, but they've always been a rarity and I always hoped they would start including more in their songs; this album is full of them and this song has probably my favorite solo from them so far.
Guilty All the Same- The intro is a bit long, but once it gets to the main melody the songs catches you. It flows, and Chester's vocals mold right into them. This one sounds kind of like one of the songs you'd hear on their early EPs, kind of like the songs on Hybrid Theory EP. People say Rakim was an unneeded addition to this track and that Mike could have easily rapped the verse , but people don't realize that Rakim wrote the verse, so he kind of did give a LOT to this song.
War- Another heavy song. It's very punk, kind of like early Green Day music. If you like 80s metal, you'll like this. Chester's vocals sound a bit like something you might hear from Avenged 7 Fold or Megadeth.
Wastelands- This, in my opinion, sounds like what A Thousand Suns should have sounded like. It's got the same beat to it, but it focuses a lot on the guitar as well. It's got great rapping from Mike, and good singnig from Chester in the chorus. The chorus is a bit slow, but it flows. This one is going to sound great live.
Until It's Gone- This is one of the only two songs on the album that really fits in with the style seen on their last two albums, but even so, it still has a lot more rock than their previous albums. I got into this song a lot when it first came out, it's nice to listen to but I wouldn't say it's anything special.
Rebellion- A great song. The guitar is strong and energetic but still flows, I was glad to hear Mike having vocals that weren't rap on this album, he's not a bad singer but they haven't utilized his singing voice very much since No Roads Left beside Castle of Glass. I've read people saying Chester's screaming seems a bit out of place, but honestly in their earlier songs it sounded no less out of place. I mean, From the Inside is a fan favorite but the screaming just kind of jumps in randomly, so why are people complaining here?
Mark the Graves- Like I said, this song is definitely something I could hear fitting right in with Dead by Sunrise's Out of Ashes album. It's almost this album's Castle of Glass, it's catchy, dark, and mysterious. A bit hypnotic. Not my favorite on the album, not too memorable, but still a good song.
Drawbar- Definitely a classic LP instrumental. Tom Morello wasn't needed on this track, but who cares? It sounds good, that's what matters. I've personally never been a fan of Morello's music, and I was afraid he'd take away from LP's sound because it's quite different, but instead we have a melodic instrumental with some great drum beats which melt away into a relaxing piano solo that slip into Final Masquerade.
Final Masquerade- Final Masquerade is one of their most catchy ballads yet and serves as the perfect penultimate song to the album. It reminds me a bit of Leave Out All the Rest, but with more guitar in the background. The only other song that could fit in with ATS and Living Things. This is one that'll have you singing along by the end, and it's got some of Chester's best vocals on the album.
A Line In the Sand- A great closer. It's their longest studio track behind The Little Things Give You Away, and it starts off slow but has great build up to some powerful vocals by Chester, haunting rap verses from Mike, and great guitar, to close out with Mike's haunting rap verse which reaccounts the story of an apocalypse.
In short, it's a great album. You'll enjoy it if you're really looking for new music and not just a rehash of their first two albums.

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.

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