Linkin Park
Xero


1.0
awful

Review

by Sam Knight USER (28 Reviews)
October 19th, 2008 | 20 replies | 16,953 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Roots aren't worth going back to.

2 of 6 thought this review was well written

Xero was:

Mike Shinoda - MC
Mark Wakefield - Vocals
Brad Delson - Guitar
Joe Hahn - DJ/Turntablist
Rob Bourdon - Drums

There is no Linkin Park. There is no Bennington. There is no quality. Xero is the epic failure of Linkin Park's career. Other than the disappointing release of Minutes to Midnight, Xero was the band before even the days of Hybrid Theory, first erupting in the underground scene with very little credit. Shinoda was never the household name today, and a certain dysfuntional singer named Mark Wakefield happened to cause global warming in the comfort of his own microphone. You get it so far, they were stinkers. Nothing else was as impressive as the release of Hybrid Theory EP, but the album named Xero was lost in the burial grounds of mass destruction and a hateful desire.

Xero only has four songs, a few being demos of upcoming material for Linkin Park. Each song was poorly mixed, low quality or either lacks the kick enough for it to really appreciate. Instead, what Wakefield and the gang have delivered is a mix of mediocre-to-bad lyrics, B-grade rapping and reversed vaccum cleaner guitar riffs. Even the mighty Hahn is left to fend for himself, and I often question why he bothered to complete this project knowing he had no more than 30 seconds in the spotlight. That might have been the high-point of the entire album. Xero haven't pushed the boundaries or presented anything groundbreaking, all that is really presented is a garage band in your moms house.

"Rhinestone" is the opening track, a terrible guitar mix brought in by Wakefield's distorted vocals. MC Shinoda then tags along more of the same, thoughts of being alone, afraid and insomniac feelings. I wish I could know exactly what he was talking about. Hahn does his part as the scratch-master supreme for the last half minute with impressive breakbeat work. The rest of the track is a blur. Literally. "Reading My Eyes" is considered Xero's success. I call it epic failure. The guitar riff is, once again, a fuzzed-out blur. Shinoda brings in a tough verse, and his younger vocals are a bit amusing. Its hard to understand him throughout the song, including Mark Wakefield, who's voice is cut into a jeopardy-frenzy by the guitars surrounding the chorus. Comes close to the 3-minute mark, but would've worked better if it was any shorter.

"Fuse" is the third track, a risky jump into modern hysteria. Shinoda sounds much more mature, and Wakefield this time doesn't sound like a squeeling headless chicken. In fact, it really shows off the spark of talent he once had. Delson roars in with an astounding guitar piece, but due to its lack of high quality, the song falls very short of the mark. Could've been a likeable track, but poor mixing leaves us yearning for the skip button. The final track, "Stick 'N Move", is a breakdown of Shinoda's rapping followed by Wakefield's uninteresting whining, then shot into a poorly jointed bridge. Shinoda's voice flys all over the place, and Joe Hahn's scratching cuts him off half the time. A definite sound of amateur headbangers.

To sum it all up, Xero was nothing and will continue to be seen as nothing. Good news came shortly after its release when lead vocalist Mark Wakefield left the band to become a manager for the band, Taproot. Further news saw the entry of later-to-become-rock-mogul Chester Bennington, who helped the guys get back on their feet. It was all about keeping the faults of their past a secret. Unfortunately, Xero overshadows fault and instead shows us that roots aren't worth going back to.



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MrHell
October 19th 2008



157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The tracklist here is a bit different...

Willie
Moderator
October 19th 2008



15919 Comments


The fact that they were totally shit before big name producers and money stepped in is no surprise at all.

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bastard
October 19th 2008



3435 Comments


this sounds like Linkin park's other stuff with out their lead singer.

Willie
Moderator
October 19th 2008



15919 Comments


Really? I don't really mind their first two albums (I still put them on sometimes, actually). He made it sound like this album was just sloppy.

bastard
October 19th 2008



3435 Comments


well,to be honest, i am just biased against LP.

Lunarfall
October 19th 2008



3179 Comments


HT was actually pretty good and Meteora was OK.

fireaboveicebelow
October 19th 2008



6837 Comments


Meteora got boring fast aside from a handful of solid songs, but yeah Hybrid Theory will always be the best

El_Goodo
October 19th 2008



1008 Comments


What the hell where you talking about in the first paragraph?

Shinoda was never the household name today, and a certain dysfuntional singer named Mark Wakefield happened to cause global warming in the comfort of his own microphone.


Lay off the hard drugs next time your writing.

fireaboveicebelow
October 19th 2008



6837 Comments


I think he meant Shinoda wasn't the household name he is today, I dunno about the second part

MrHell
October 19th 2008



157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Hmm, I meant how weak he was as a vocalist. You're right, I really need to stop the weed while writing.

Spamue1G
October 19th 2008



1292 Comments


I never wanted to check this out, and still don't. Not that I'd be able to get it for less than 5 million pounds anyway...
Not the world's best review, but it does the job. I think you talked too much about the vocalists in relation to everything else, but since it's Linkin Park, I'll forgive you.

El_Goodo
October 19th 2008



1008 Comments


Haha it does enhance the experience but perhaps a re-read through when you've come down would help.

badtaste
October 19th 2008



824 Comments


Hmm, I struggle to believe that LP were that bad, and can not help but think of negative bias going on (as well as positive bias, judging by the 4.5 and 5 ratings).

Solid review otherwise, but yeah, as others have suggested, it could have been refined just a touch. EG, you mention the 'mighty Hahn'. Is this because he was/is a renowned dj or something?This Message Edited On 10.19.08

0westley0
July 6th 2009



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the guitar for reading my eyes is really good but thats about it

TenebraeInvictus
November 15th 2011



56 Comments


I definitely don't like LP anymore, but this demo is probably my favorite by them. The quality sucks but I still enjoy the songs (except for Rhinestone).

Then again, my opinion might be different since I haven't heard it in a while.

And even though I disagree with your review, pos'd.

Owantjaaaa
June 16th 2012



3217 Comments


Fact: this is better than Living Things

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Tyrael
June 16th 2012



20829 Comments


No

TenebraeInvictus
July 5th 2012



56 Comments


silentpotato: Because Xero was a name for Linkin Park back in the 90s.

Anyways, I'd rather have this demo over Living Things, but in different ways Living Things is better.

LPFTW
November 27th 2012



188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

BULLSHIT Living Things is by far their best album so far!!

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ASnideReturns
March 6th 2014



3835 Comments


Hah.

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