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  • Feature: Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” Is This Century’s Definitive Rock Album

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:04:46

    Feature: Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” Is This Century’s Definitive Rock Album - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    Linkin Park defined an era with Hybrid Theory. The group’s debut turns 15 this year, and it continues to impact the entire musical spectrum. Hybrid Theory essentially laid the groundwork for 21st century rock as we know it. It was as introspective as it was infectious. The album built on the rap rock template that Rage Against the Machine set forth in the nineties and expanded it with entrancing and engaging electronics, ethereal soundscapes reminiscent of Deftones, and Alice in Chains-style harmonies as well as a swaggering arena bombast the genre needed. The record went Diamond, moving over 10 million copies in the United States alone. It also laid the groundwork for a whole generation of musicians. Everybody from Of Mice & Men to MGK will cop to its importance. However, let’s dive a little deeper into why this album is so downright definitive…

    The Songs Really Came to Life Live

    They brought all these parts together seamlessly for one exciting attack on stage during the tour behind Hybrid Theory, literally assembling like some kind of musical Voltron…

    It Embraced Electronic Music Before the term EDM

    The likes of “Crawling” possessed an electronic sheen that would later course through the likes of Skrillex. Reanimation broke down the songs and rearranged them in an almost danceable, yet dark shuffle. Dim Mak founder and producer and performer extraordinaire Steve Aoki recognized this later on down the line when he and the band collaborated on “A Light That Never Comes.” The first glimmer came during this time.



    They Perfected Hip-Hop’s Integration Into Rock

    “Papercut,” “One Step Closer,” and “A Place for My Head” showcases the most artful amalgamation of these two genres. It worked so well that Jay-Z even got down with Linkin Park on the Collision Course collaboration before he linked with Queen Bey and years prior to Blue Ivy. This gave this cross-section its apex.



    It Yielded Hits That Stand Out Today

    In addition to the aforementioned cuts, it gave the world “In The End”—one of the band’s biggest anthems. These tracks still resound on the radio alongside the staples from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and more.



    Hybrid Theory Fucking Rules

    Listen to those deep cuts like “Forgotten” and “Pushing Me Away.” Every element just worked from the robust riffage to the pounding drums and bass and the artful electronics to that unbelievable vocal interplay at the heart. It still does to this day.



    This will go down in history as one of those records you share with your kids for the above reasons and so many more.

    Rick Florino
    03.25.15


    See what Channing Tatum, Stone Temple Pilots, Bring Me The Horizon, Ashley Greene, Korn, A$AP Ferg, MGK, and more have to say about Hybrid Theory.



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