Linkin Park
The Hunting Party


4.0
excellent

Review

by Peter K. Mark USER (17 Reviews)
June 9th, 2014 | 674 replies


Release Date: 06/17/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Linkin Park take a massive step in the right direction.

No reward without risk, and Linkin Park take a handful of both. Ditching processed beats, dusting off their guitars and drum sticks, the boys are alive and kicking and there's no greater proof than their latest album. 'The Hunting Party' is an organic record that mixes furious punk chemistry with rap and heavy metal elements. If there's a message in this pile of new-found aggression, it definitely revolves around gesticulation in the form of a middle finger.

Unlike their previous album openers, 'Keys to the Kingdom' blasts hard, steady and straight to the point: this is a rock album. Gone are the synths and keyboards from 'Lost in the Echo' or the excessively long intros from 'A Thousand Suns'. This is riff-town, the older brother of nu-metal and a more serious, albeit fun take on vicious punk. There are exceptions - songs like 'Final Masquerade' and 'Until It's Gone' reinstate the mainstream/slightly pop side of their sound, but with better song writing and actual music.

Lyrically, it's often up or down - there are plenty of bland and generic lines here and there as well as some decent writing. However, what the album lacks in words makes up for in music. Brad Delson and Rob Bourdon have stepped out of the shadows to display some of the band's best instrumentation since Meteora. The two vocalists have also stepped up. The mastermind behind Fort Minor displays some impressive flow on 'All for Nothing' and 'Wastelands' and successfully takes on the mantra of lead singer on more than a few songs, most notably the highly dynamic 'A Line in the Sand', which also happens to be one the highlights of the record. Chester treads into uncharted territory with some chilling vocal range on 'Mark the Graves', but most of his parts fail to impress with the exception of some strong screams in the album opener and 'Rebellion'.

Guest appearances are mostly a swing and a miss. Tom Morello is the obvious disappointment, his presence is completely unnoticeable on 'Drawbar', while 'Rebellion' could have used some of Daron's vocals and Rakim could have just been left out completely. Page Hamilton's contribution on 'All for Nothing', however, is one of the best things on the record and happens to feature the most memorable chorus from this track list.

'The Hunting Party' is a huge risk for a brand and image like Linkin Park. There's a handful of songs here that would likely cause your grandmother or techno-savy friend to instantly switch off the radio. However, it's a massive step in the right direction and puts the band back on the music map. It's hard to argue against fans who claim this is the album that should have come out after Meteora, because well...it really should have. It feels like a completely natural progression in terms of sound and maturity while at the same time reinstates the band's relevancy in the music scene.

Standout tracks: Keys to the Kingdom, All for Nothing, A Line in the Sand



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Mort.
June 9th 2014


3794 Comments


that was quick

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2014


10841 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And the race for the fastest review posts begins

FCY
June 9th 2014


206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've heard this at the listening party, plus the leak has been out for a while now.

PunchforPunch
June 9th 2014


6280 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wow u must be a speed fucker posd

Green Baron
June 9th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"And the race for the fastest review posts begins"

Let's go.

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RivalSkoomaDealer
June 9th 2014


848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Actually it leaked earlier this morning but ok.

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deathschool
June 9th 2014


9028 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Jesus Christ. Slow down.

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Green Baron
June 9th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Review definitely reads like it was quick

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2014


10841 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This morning is not "for a while"

unaMUSEd
June 9th 2014


1104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn I was gonna review this but at least give it a few days first.

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sixdegrees
June 9th 2014


17194 Comments


cant wait to get on the train to riff-town!!

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Verm
June 9th 2014


1002 Comments


Album is sweet


4,5 this or barefoot on legos in a horrible, horrible, horrible way, lololololo. This is the ultimate soundtrack for the chav hunting season

sixdegrees
June 9th 2014


17194 Comments


gonna have to call you out

stepping on a lego doesnt even hurt that much, that's bullshit

unaMUSEd
June 9th 2014


1104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review is pretty much spot on by the way, pos'd.

Verm
June 9th 2014


1002 Comments


stepping on a lego doesnt even hurt that much, that's bullshit

Are you sure six?

MrSirLordGentleman
June 9th 2014


4553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wait, wait, wait, they're good again? holy crap!

FCY
June 9th 2014


206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you.

I'm glad there's more or less a consensus on sputnik that this is pretty great, lol.


sixdegrees
June 9th 2014


17194 Comments


yes. I've done it before, I dont know why its turned into some kind of retarded internet meme

'haha I stepped on lego and nearly died epically am I right'

adr
June 9th 2014


2928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Wait, wait, wait, they're good again? holy crap!"

album is alright, but i honestly not seeing it how this is a "massive" step up... album is overrated... for now.

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Verm
June 9th 2014


1002 Comments


They always had potential, in MTM and ATS the concept was good but shinoda and company failed in the execution of the idea, here almost everything is sweet



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