WHAT’S UP NATION!? I have been waiting a long time for this. A band who started in rock, went in another direction, and now is back to their hard rock roots. Members of The Concert Cruizer Nation I am thrilled to bring you my review on LINKIN PARK’S THE HUNTING PARTY!!!!!

The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party

Linkin Park has stated many times that they wanted this to be a straight up rock record and within the first second your met with a digitized version of Chester Bennington’s iconic scream that just grabs your attention. Then your met with real drums, a rocking bass, aggressive guitars, and an exquisite texture of a synthesizer and digital effects. It was very welcoming to hear this rock sound again and a lot of the album sounds like this. At times it does soften up a bit but it’s not like LP hasn’t done that in their rock albums before. I was also surprised with they’re guitar solos. The previous efforts in this always felt more like interludes to me. They have the potential to go somewhere using different notes but they ultimately stay put but, these feel like actual solos. They sound exciting and aren’t repetitive. Mike Shinoda also shows his fine rapping skills on this record and it’s very graceful. I always thought his rapping skills were angelic like he doesn’t need to be in your face to get his point across. He can make his rhymes sound powerful without having to sound obnoxious.

There’s also a few guests on this record including Rakim, Page Hamilton, Daron Malakian, and the legendary Tom Morello. This is the first time Linkin Park has ever something like this that wasn’t a remix album and it sounds extraordinary. You can certainly feel the guests vibe but it doesn’t take anything away from the band. Overall this is superb album that myself and other hard core old school Linkin Park fans have been waiting for. It takes elements from those first albums and manages to make something that feels familiar but manages to keep it different. Is it perfect? No but, it’s pretty close. So close that I give 4 1/2 \m/\m/\m/\n horns out of 5. Congrats LP it’s great to hear from you guys again. Be sure to catch them on the Carnivores Tour with 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI this summer and until then STAY LOUD!!!

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