Linkin Park to Return to ‘Big Choruses’ on New Album

'We've become comfortable in our skin,' says Chester Bennington

March 22, 2012 11:01 AM ET
Linkin Park perform at a benefit in Los Angeles.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Linkin Park have acknowledged that their 2010 concept album A Thousand Suns alienated some members of their hard-rocking core audience. With their fifth studio offering expected this summer, the band plans to make amends.

"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," vocalist Chester Bennington told Kerrang! "This will be more familiar to people than A Thousand Suns was, where we were like, 'Fuck it, we're just going to go bonkers.'"

If the band's phenomenally successful first two albums, 2000's Hybrid Theory and 2003's Meteora, defined Linkin Park as leaders of the nu-metal movement, its diverse third set (2007's Minutes to Midnight) and its follow-up suggested the band was bored with its trademark sound. Now, says Bennington, "I feel like we've found a place where we've become comfortable in our skin."

According to the singer, the new disc will also steer clear of the political slant of its predecessor, with relationships inspiring much of the lyrical content.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Linkin Park perform at a benefit in Los Angeles.
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

More Song Stories entries »