Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, once said ”The fans are the biggest reason we do what we do,” yet in his latest interview with Loudwire he stated “why are we still talking about Hybrid Theory? It’s f–king years ago. It’s a great record, we love it. Like, move the f–k on.” The reason this whole thing started is because of all the backlash Linkin Park is getting for their new poppy sound for there new album One More Light. It is not only their fans that are getting angry at their new sound, Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour said in an interview with Loudwire “I understand where he’s at. God, I would’ve never say it the way he did, but you get frustrated and you want people to embrace the evolution. At the same time, you should probably be very, very fortunate that people this far along the line still love that music you made.” This is not the only example of bands changing their sound but this has started more of and outrage than the others.
My personal opinion on Linkin Park changing their sound is simple. Linkin Park is a brand, and from that brand I expect songs like Crawling, Papercut, Given up and In the End. If the band decided to go make their new album under any other name and just say the guys from Linkin Park bring you this new project I would listen to it and say that their new project isn’t for me. I feel that if this was the route the guys from Linkin Park took nobody would care as much, some may be sad that they are moving away from the Linkin Park brand but it is better than destroying the brand that took you years to create.
This has also been a big problem in punk music. Most of the big punk bands either lean too far towards pop or to far towards rock and metal. Some examples of this happening are from Blink-182 and Green Day. In both cases they started out as these punk bands that everyone loved, but in some of their more current albums they are starting to go more towards pop. Blink-182 has even acknowledged this in their newest single Wildfire, they stated that Wildfire was the lovechild of your favorite song from Enema of the State and California. By saying this they have shown that they have noticed a shift in sound from Enema of the State to California.
This has even happened in rock, a subtle example of this happening was Red Hot Chili Peppers. The biggest difference in their sound shift was that their change in sound was because of a change in band members while in all the other examples the have had the same lineup sing their first hits. Red Hot Chili Peppers has become more funk than rock in the latest album, this is because in the newest album they do not have a hardcore guitar player, like in earlier iterations of the band, while they have a hardcore bassist which gives them more of a funk sound than rock in there newest album. These are only a few examples of bands changing their sound, but it happens to bands like Weezer who go poppier to bands like Slipknot who start to limit screaming and put more emotions in their songs.
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