With the last couple of Linkin Park albums (2010’s A Thousand Suns, and 2012’s Living Things) it felt as if the band had lost direction and weren’t sure what they wanted to do anymore. And while I can appreciate that they don’t want to churn out album after album that sounds like Hybrid Theory, I have to admit that I was starting to wonder if the band were becoming too experimental for my tastes.
So when I heard the rumours that The Hunting Party was going to see the band returning to their rock roots I had high hopes that this would be the album I’d been waiting for.
I wasn’t disappointed. This is a 12 track album of hard hitting rock / metal. Yes, it has all the usual elements you’d expect from a Linkin Park release (rapping, keyboards and samples) – but this is without doubt a rock album.
If you’ve never been into Linkin Park then this album isn’t going to do anything for you… but if you’re a fan of their early stuff you are going to love this. The Hunting Party is catchy, uplifting, heavy, beautiful, and haunting in equal measure. It’s impossible to pick a favourite track, simply because it’s all so bloody good.
The Hunting Party is a return to form for Linkin Park and this is their best release since Hybrid Theory / Meteora. In places it’s heavy as fuck and it’s great to hear a band doing what they do best – playing rock / metal !!
Score: 9 out of 10
01. Keys To The Kingdom
02. All For Nothing (Feat. Page Hamilton)
03. Guilty All The Same (Feat. Rakim)
04. The Summoning
07. Until It’s Gone
08. Rebellion (Feat. Daron Malakian)
09. Mark The Graves
10. Drawbar (Feat. Tom Morello)
11. Final Masquerade
12. A Line In The Sand
16th June 2014