Linkin Park
Meteora


4.0
excellent

Review

by ian b. USER (43 Reviews)
July 21st, 2017 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: everything has a legacy.

Nu metal has been a genre that’s gotten a lot of unnecessary hatred towards it over the years. Sure, it spawned a plentiful amount of awkward social/fashion trends, including but not limited to: spiked tips, white people with dreads, chain wallets, and all too many Limp Bizkit t-shirts. But what people don’t really acknowledge is the impact of some of these albums. Without bands like Slipknot, Korn, and especially Linkin Park, a lot of modern music wouldn’t be even remotely close to how it is now. I know for a fact, without albums like Hybrid Theory as well as Meteora, a lot of people, including me, wouldn’t be on this website right now. Without albums like Meteora, there’s a good chance that you, reading this now, well, wouldn’t be here reading this now.

It’s all for good reason though. The experimentation, genre-crossing, and execution of this record is unparalleled by pretty much anything else at the time. How polarizing it was for music at the time, popularizing and shaping a new generation of music fans to come is no easy feat. Meteora was the peak of not only a genre, not even a subculture, but an era of time in general. The DJ’ing by Joe Hahn is genre-defining; the chord progressions from Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson respectively still give a metallic feel to their already eclectic style that bands to this day still try (and fail) to replicate. The rapping and heartfelt lyricism from Mike Shinoda give a cutting edge counterpart to Chester Bennington’s cathartic and introspective vocals and respective songwriting duties as well. Songs like “Breaking The Habit”, “Somewhere I Belong”, and as meme’d as it is, “Numb” all serve a place in today’s culture for what it did to shape the 2000’s in music as well as culture.

The thing is though, even with its flaws in some of its quirky production choices, the album changed my life. I’m sure it changed a lot of your lives as well. I’m certain of it. “Faint” was the reason i got into heavier music and picked up playing the drums, which led me to going into marching band and falling in love with music as a whole. Everything is a chain reaction and that’s what so intriguing and thought provoking about this world and existence we occupy. Some of us have our own gripes with it, and we all have our individual demons we fight and carry, and the we need to be more acknowledging of that. Songs off of One More Light paint a picture of a damaged man that we failed to see, with songs like lead single “Heavy” describing Chester’s low periods, and the burdens he carries with him around; and I can’t help but feel it might even be part of our faults for him feeling like this. Especially with fans just bombarding the band and Chester with constant hate as the album dropped, even though a lot of One More Light lyrically (and stylistically) plays a lot like Meteora, even if it’s sonically softer and a little bit more produced.

In retrospect, with its flaws, Meteora is a testament to music and its effect on culture as a whole, not just in 2003, but in today’s day and age as well. Without Linkin Park, and without Chester, culture would be entirely different at its time as we know it. Bands like Linkin Park shaped millennials worldwide and offered a lot of new takes on music that were previously deemed childish and “edgy”. While Linkin Park may not live on from here on out, their legacy, as well as Chester’s influence on this day and age, will live on as long as we are here. And to me, personally there is nothing more beautiful than that.



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ianblxdsoe
July 21st 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

was really impacted by Chester's passing so i pretty much just sat down and typed this out so fluidly. really kind of a surreal experience. felt weird. since it was put out so quickly, there's bound to be fuck-ups and errors so please let me know. this album was just really important to me (and i'm sure most of you as well). rip hard man.

verdant
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2017


2429 Comments


pos'd.

RIP

Avagantamos
July 21st 2017


6741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this was the first CD I ever owned. nice review.

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 21st 2017


25314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ay pos man reads well (:

i'm still at a loss for words tbh...this does chester justice tho

ianblxdsoe
July 21st 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man, thanks for all the love. i think we all need to appreciate what and who we have before it's gone

TVC15
July 21st 2017


10279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I literally wouldn't be on this website had it not been for Damrod's 2.5 review. Pos

Drifter
July 21st 2017


16376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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ianblxdsoe
July 21st 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also changed the rating because i feel like it was dishonest and realistically it's not a 5 imo, but its influence is practically unparalleled to 95% of my 5's in the first place. thank you all for reading

50iL
July 21st 2017


5299 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Very nice job, have a pos

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TVC15
July 21st 2017


10279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also agreed hard on your comparisons between this and One More Light. Both very concise albums that play off similar song structures/styles, etc

ZombieToyDuck
July 21st 2017


7078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"thanks man, thanks for all the love. i think we all need to appreciate what and who we have before it's gone"



Seeing your avatar and reading this I immediately thought of '...While You're Alive's lyrics by Jeff and its so true



Also have a pos, did a great job paying respects with this review.

ianblxdsoe
July 21st 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck you're right. that song hits so hard right now.

ZombieToyDuck
July 21st 2017


7078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're damn right, I mean it always hits hard but way more now

theBoneyKing
July 21st 2017


18279 Comments


I think you overstate this album's/LP's impact on music as a whole but I certainly won't deny its/their impact on you and many others. It seems like a lot of people on this site came to music either through these guys or Coldplay - both rock bands who had an unpredictable amount of commercial success and yet who had roots outside of most of what was popular at the timer. I'll never like Linkin Park but Bennington deserved better, RIP.

Gyromania
July 21st 2017


29474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed with boney. Their legacy is cemented because of hybrid theory, this just added to it.

ianblxdsoe
July 21st 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i agree that Hybrid Theory had a bit more impact, but i personally like this one way more and feel it's a more mature effort, also relative to what's going on now.

Drifter
July 21st 2017


16376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think ht is much much better. I don't know what it is, but there's just somethin about this album. Still think it's really good though as shown by my rating

AsleepInTheBack
July 21st 2017


6117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You repeat the phrase 'at the time' in the first and second sentence of the second para, could try a different phrase one time. Otherwise, wonderful review. I know some identify with this more than ht, so it deserves equal status in my book. Rip.

ianblxdsoe
July 21st 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks asleep, i def agree but i can't write two reviews lmfao i figured someone else woulda given a retrospective to HT as well but it's w/e

EvoHavok
July 21st 2017


7711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great read, Ian. The last two sentences of the first paragraph definitely apply for me too.



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