Can you believe Hybrid Theory came out 13 years ago?
LP’s decision to remix that entire album for the Reanimation project was an interesting one at the time that I slightly struggled with. The years have been kind though (puberty eventually passed), and some of its highlights have become top tier pieces in the Linkin Park back catalogue. The band are revisiting the concept with Recharged, an album of Living Things remixes- for fans who have strayed, it’s worth noting that Living Things was a huge improvement on its predecessor and half of the album before it too.
This effort is the remix album’s first single, and features hip-hop’s man-of-the-moment with a good contribution. The original track was a strong effort with powerful, rousing instrumentation, and here those guts are removed and replaced by a glitchy, electro-style backdrop that packs in plenty of energy of its own, though it does retain some of the melodies from the original as well as fragments of its pacing. Chester’s vocals initially don’t quite have the raw, primal effect over such a beat, but the inclusion of more edgy work for his final hook towards the end works well, whilst the production does certainly lend a hand to Pusha and Mike Shinoda’s rapped verses. A decent effort, and probably a good indicator of how that album will shape up in terms of sound.
Linkin Park dominated my teenage years, and even in adulthood going back and listening to their first two albums remains a treat. Their album prior to this one, A Thousand Suns, was entirely terrible and undid a lot of good work but thankfully their latest album, Living Things, has really put them back on track and for the most part is an enjoyable listen.
This is one of the strongest tracks from the LP, and a good choice for a video. The audio brings back all of the classic Linkin Park elements we’ve been missing for years: Mike Shinoda’s rapping again, the guitar work is big, engaging and loud, and Chester delivers a soaring hook that morphs into a searing bridge further down the track. The clip is set in a post-apocalyptic world, giving it the impressive, cinematic vibe that Linkin Park tend to favour with their videos, and reflects portions of the lyrics well with various seemingly ‘final’ encounters between loved ones. Despite no connection to the characters, it’s a situation many will relate to and coupled with some decent performances from a few of the actors, it actually becomes quite an emotional and gripping video, and links with the audio to become an excellent all-round experience.
Apparently, there’s an interactive element of this video whereby it involves your pictures. It’s not loading properly for me, but head here to check that functionality out and feel free to report back on it.
This song has continued to grow on me since its release, and Linkin Park now release a video for the single, the first from their upcoming Living Things album.
The video is in keeping with the style of their releases in recent years, with lots of cyberpunk effects and imagery, along with an otherworldly quality and a grand sense of scale that all blend together for a futuristic and intense video. Whilst there isn’t a great deal of diversity or change from scene-to-scene, the clip backs the song up well and plays down the electronic elements of it, instead highlighting the rock aspects of the track, something that’s much-needed given the heavy and potentially divisive electronic influence on the audio.
After a forced hiatus due to various other commitments, we can finally resume the latest weekly series from the OTU brain trust. I must admit, this is fast becoming my personal favourite series in OTU history, purely because it allows both yourselves and I to rediscover tracks that we either once loved or once forgot about, and that’s frankly a lot of fun.
Enough of the self-appreciation.
Click on below for another diversity-laden edition of SYFA, featuring a trio of prominent current mainstream names, alongside a couple of acts that have slipped away somewhat.
After their hugely disappointing A Thousand Suns album of 2010, Linkin Park look set to return on 26th June with Living Things, and have preceded that release with the first single Burn It Down.
Immediately concerning is the dance/electronic melody that opens the track, almost having a Calvin Harris-esque style, suggesting another turn down the wrong creative avenue. Thankfully, the song recovers quite sharply, bringing a little more meat and power courtesy of a thudding percussion and thundering guitar work on the hook, whilst Chester’s ever-harmonic yet angsty vocals compliment both the electronic elements and the rock core well, alongside Mike’s short rapped contributions which are enjoyable and certainly leave you wanting more from him. A stronger lead single than that of the last album, fingers crossed that the album will deliver in the same vein. Stream here, and grab it on iTunes next Monday.
Criticise Linkin Park’s recent material all you want (I certainly have), but there’s no denying that fundamentally they’re pretty talented guys. This is a wonderful example of the power Chester Bennington has in his voice, delivering a rousing acoustic rendition of the ubiquitous Adele single, and doing real justice to the original’s raw, hugely emotional vibe.
Watching someone perform in such an unfiltered manner generally makes for compelling viewing, but the performance here surpasses that particular generalisation by virtue of being hugely replayable, and is most definitely worth watch. Note the crowd claps towards the last third, and how horribly out of time they are. At least 50% of them were thinking of a different song, of that I have no doubt.
I present to you our new music video for “Iridescent,” from the movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The video explores how human existence might be affected by the elements of Transformers robots and the threat of the Decepticons. What would it be like to be citizens in a decaying universe? I tried a lot of new things here, and we had a lot of fun shooting it. Hope you enjoy.
Probably the best track on their wholly disappointing A Thousand Suns album, this ethereal, galactic video makes for a nice synergy with the atmospheric audio. I’ve only ever seen about an hour in total of the Transformers films, and thankfully it doesn’t matter too much as the video’s dark style and universal scale are easy to appreciate regardless. Scenes such as the brief mirroring of The Last Supper and various examples of cosmic imagery add that grand, almost apocalpytic feel, all building into a big, energetic climax with added brightness and a flurry of motion.
Definitely worth a watch, particularly if like myself you’ve fallen out of love with LP somewhat: this video shows they can certainly still get it right.
One of the very few shining lights on Linkin Park‘s recent A Thousand Suns album, this track is one I’m still replaying today and is set to be released as their next international single.
The video is a little cluttered to begin with, but all comes together quite nicely towards the end as it acts as a look into the various and diverse lives led by the residents of a city (or probably Earth, given the celestial nature of the album title), and how futile those differences become in the face of a cataclysmic event. It’s in this latter section that the cinematography blossoms too, with the illuminous, supernova-like effects contrasted perfectly with the dark, tinted style of the rest of the video.
This explosion and inclusion of bright lighting syncs nicely with the explosive nature of its particular audio section, adding a good visual context to that upscaling in the song. Worth a watch, especially if you were unsure of their recent work.
This is a really good look at the making of this technologically-masterful video. Whilst opinions on the audio were split, I don’t think anyone denied the quality of the video and for detail freaks like myself, it’s very interesting to have a look how it all came together.
Specifically, you get a real appreciation for the amount of post-production work that must have happened to convert each of the close-up camera shots into the morphing digital forms they became in the final product. Not just the technical side of it, but creatively to come up with such an ‘out-there’ concept and to make it very accessible is a huge accomplishment.
Also, note the camaraderie between the band: there have been endless rumours of dissention in the ranks, which thankfully seem unfounded.
Really good video, with some superb effects throughout creating a very futuristic and eye-catching experience. Bit of a shame that the song isn’t quite up to par, as it’s nothing really beyond average. Very watchable video though, definitely worth a look.
I’ve never been big on Taylor Swift, but this is a fantastic performance of her new song…about Kanye West. Click below to see a few other performances by Drake, Swizz Beatz, Mary J. Blige, Usher, N*E*R*D, Ciara as well as a superb fitting finale by Kanye West who also performs a brand new song (not to be missed).
Eminem opened the show with a great performance alongside Rihanna, which I’ll have to post later when I find a working link for those, as well as B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Hayley Williams performance together and an amazing Linkin Park offering!
Another leak from their upcoming album. I personally thought The Catalyst was a superb track, but do feel that this and the previous leak (Wretches And Kings) are a little lacklustre. Not bad songs by any means, but I’m not feeling much replay value in these.
Some superb stuff in our August snapshot which perfectly compliments the closing of summer as we welcome autumn with open arms. We’ve mixed old school with new school to create that sound which will have you rocking out until next month’s episode. New material from the likes of Atmosphere, Usher, Fat Joe, Sage Francis, Lil Wayne and Drake all sit comfortably next to some classic older joints from Damien Rice, Linkin Park, Kanye West, and of course, Eric B and Rakim.
If you’re still clutching onto the dying days of summer then don’t worry, we’ve kept July’s snapshot available for you. But trust us, take our hands and let’s step into autumn together.
Old school Linkin Park fans rejoice: this is that vintage Linkin Park sound. There was a concern amongst longtime fans that Linkin Park had gone techno, as The Catalyst (whilst a very good song) seemed to abandon their rockier edge.
This will dispel those fears. The track opens up with one of those hard, rough and edgy guitar riffs that hark back to their much-heralded debut album. Things keep getting better as Mike comes through with his first proper rapped verse in a long time and Joe Hahn throws in those trademark scratches, fully utilising that rock and hip-hop connection that really drew people to LP.
Having said all of that I probably still prefer The Catalyst, as I feel the production and vocals lend give the track much more replayability than this one will. It’s still a good track of course, and will definitely appease the older fans looking for a return to the original style, but feels a little outdated in the wake of their previous album/newest single.
The first single from A Thousand Suns gets some very fitting and captivating visuals.
Having an apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic feel to the video definitely embellishes the audio, and includes some well-placed special effects on the visuals. Some videos can overdo it with effects, but they’re used appropriately in this one. Even if you weren’t convinced by the song itself, you should be able to appreciate the video.
You know whenever I’m on duty for SCC I’m going to bring something a little different and given LPs recent re-emergence, this feels like an appropriate time to revisit a truly classic collabo.
A lot of the original Linkin Park fans were put off by the idea of a (hip-hop oriented) remixed version of the classic debut Hybrid Theory, and subsequently missed out on this album, or hastily criticised it. I personally loved it, although funnily enough the highlight for me was the least hip-hop sounding effort, the remix of Crawling.
Keeping the original vocals, the remix reworks the guitar-driven, jagged original into a progressive orchestral production, only bringing back the melody from the original in its climax. This along with a haunting cameo from the unmistakable voice of Aaron Lewis makes for a genuine highlight of LPs back catalogue, and one of my all-time favourite songs.
Edit: Post updated with official/better audio and revised thoughts.
Firstly, that picture is the artwork for their upcoming A Thousand Suns album, not some sort of image error.
The track: very good. The first thing you’ll notice is the heavy electronic influence on the production, and removal of many of the heavier guitar elements that their earlier work was famed for. It works for me, and even if it is only Chester’s brilliant vocals that retain that classic LP sound, it’s refreshing to know that even major bands are willing to try new things. Highlight: the progressive build in the last third of the song, and consequential deliverance of an epic climax.
This leaked a little while ago, but I forgot that these guys still existed. However, news broke that their first single from A Thousand Suns is due to be released tomorrow (called The Catalyst) and hence I’ve been back on the hunt for their music. Came across this one, and thought it only right to share.
Really enjoying this track, and it sounds just like some of the great material from Minutes to Midnight. Pretty sombre stuff, but with a nice edge to it that gives it some depth. Definitely one that will tie fans over until tomorrow!
Awesome collab from these guys. Introspective and slightly alternative hip-hop is the theme of this one, and it’s a really easy listen all-around. Great production, good verses and a really enjoyable hook from the Fort Minor/Linkin Park rapper. Would have liked to see a verse from him too, but there we are. Definitely one to check out for most people.
Video for this superb track from the Download to Donate for Haiti project. That compilation album was actually really good and some of the tracks on there were awesome, which made a nice surprise as some artists get a bit lazy if they aren’t making money from the music.
Cracking idea. A host of massive names in music get together to compile a 10-track album of unreleased music to support the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
The widget here allows you to play all of the tracks, and if you click the link below you can get the whole album. It is a voluntary donation for the album, but to be honest if any of you are heartless enough to take an album aimed at such a good cause without donating even the smallest amount, you’re an absolute waste of space. Seriously.