Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Says New Album Will Be Less “Bonkers”
With pressure to make another great album, Linkin Park appears to returning to their roots with “big choruses and heavier electronic stuff.”
The crew is currently in an LA studio hard at work on their fifth album. And, if all goes well, fans will swoop it up this summer.
[pullquote quote="I feel like we've found a place where we've become in our skin." credit="Chester Bennington"]In an interview with Kerrang!, the band speaks about plans for the new album and how it stacks up to A Thousand Suns. According to Chester, “With this album, we’ve incorporated a lot of guitar work with big choruses and the heavier electronic stuff to give it that really big wall of sound feeling without getting too metal. This will be more familiar to people than A Thousand Suns was, where we were like F*ck it, we’re just going to go bonkers.”
By “bonkers,” he meant “experimental.” After the band’s first two “nu-metal” albums, they decidedly moved away from the sound in an effort to spread their wings artistically.
“Over the previous two records, we were trying hard to break out of the nu-metal box that we’d found ourselves in. It’s very easy to characterize us as that based on Hybrid Theory and Meteora, but we knew there was more to us than that. With the exception of the metal guitar tone we had on the first two records – which, I think is the reason that a lot of people really like the band – I feel like we’ve found a place where we’ve become in our skin.”
Regarding the lyrical content of the forthcoming album, “We’ve been writing a lot about relationships. We’re not a political band, we’re a socially minded band. We try to look at things that we find in the world that we’d like to see more of, or that we’d like to see less of.”