The Hunting Party - it's official. June 13 2014 is the date where Linkin Park releases their sixth studio album and I am hyped. Am I hyped about the singles so far? Well, they have been far and in between. This is a review of their latest single, Until It's Gone.
To be honest, the track starts out a little different from what you got to taste with Guilty All The Same. Obviously, the tracks are similar in that they are much more heavier in terms of production (Rob's drums, Chester's vocals, Brad's guitars) but this track just felt out of place. Let's go back to some of the positives I got out of this track.
First, Chester's vocals were finally back and hitting hard. It could be because Guilty All The Same needed a different type of drive, but in this single, he hammers another home-run that brings me straight back to their Hybrid Theory and Meteora days.
Secondly, the song starts out very strong. You can hear some of the synths in the forefront sort of leading the guitars on the track and they mesh well together with such ease. The drums on here are always kicking and Rob's got it all on check.
However, while I wanted this to be Linkin Park's 'next big thing', I was left disappointed and oftentimes left wondering. While I question Mike's absence (he produced the album alongside Brad, in which case legendary producer Rick Rubin has finally put his hands off the band), the song was meant to fit on a heavier scale, in which too much energy was focused into.
First, while the rock roots and the heavier instrumentals played a huge role into Linkin Park succeeding and granted a worldwide loyal fanbase, I cannot fail to contemplate that while they haven't gotten in touch with their old music in a long time, they were too eager to delve into it. Some of the production on here were simply sub-par. They were just not good enough. The mix of drums, guitars and synth after the chorus made the track felt more unfocused than it should have been.
Secondly, the lyrics suffered drastically. Not even thought-provoking at best and fails to make any impact at all. That said, lyrical repetition has always been in Linkin Park's catalog, they definitely overdid it this time in my opinion.
However, does that mean the track is not good? It's fine, but sometimes it's the kind of track that gets left out of albums because of a few things. Maybe the song was rushed because it made very little impact. Still, it's a decent track, though Guilty All The Same does edge it out on a little high.
I've always been a big fan of Linkin Park, but sometimes, you start to wonder if they still have steam left in their ever-running engine. While I anticipate The Hunting Party, I fear for the worst as well.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.