A Look Back: Linkin Park — "Reanimation"
Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:46:19
As electronic music and hybrids of all kinds continue to swarm pop culture, it's fitting to take a look back at Linkin Park's most prescient collaborative moment within the electronic space.
Before their 2002 release Reanimation, electronic music and hard rock were really never proper bedfellows. Of course, there was some industrial-infused metal here and there, but there was nothing with glitched-out synths that wouldn't be out of place in a "proper" night club—until Reanimation. In many ways, the album is as seminal for the group—and music as a whole for that matter—as Linkin Park's breakout debut Hybrid Theory.
Everything began with Hybrid Theory, yet Reanimation truly illuminated how revolutionary Linkin Park were and would become. The collection reimagined Hybrid Theory cuts via electronic and hip hop remixes. "Frgt/10" saw The Alchemist produce some of the wildest beats Chali 2na has ever spit over, while Black Thought of The Roots ripped up a vicious verse over grind-y guitars and spacey scratching on "X-Ecutioner Style". "Pts.of.Athrty" wobbled through bass drops that wouldn't be out of place in modern dubstep.
Deftones axe-man Stephen Carpenter laid down some of his patented juggernaut riffs for a heavier-than-hell "By_Myslf" as airy electronics enveloped the distortion. Linkin Park enter otherworldly chaos on "1stp Klosr" which boasts a possessed, powerful guest spot from Korn mainman Jonathan Davis. It's the perfect cross over between the metal and the electronic worlds and it happened almost a decade ago.
Everything culminates on the album's standout and one of the band's most hypnotic and haunting tunes, "Krwlng". Staind singer Aaron Lewis carries an elegantly eerie voice with the mysticism of Portishead and the darkness of Tool all wrapped into one poignant performance. Chester Bennington's bludgeoning chorus welcomes Lewis's one-of-a-kind delivery, and the song sails off into a galactic oblivion of synths and guitars.
Electronic has become inescapable. We've got Deadmau5 headlining Lollapalloza, dubstep on Dell commercials, and young bands like Hollywood Undead and Asking Alexandria enlisting top remixers for the albums.
It's good to take a look back where the hybrid really kicked off. Can't wait for Linkin Park to reanimate rock again.
Do you have Linkin Park's Reanimation?
Mike Shinoda talks some of his favorite composers here!
Mike Shinoda talks scoring The Raid, writing music, and more here!
See our review of Linkin Park's cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" here!
Watch our interview with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington about A Thousand Suns here!