Linkin Park release first single ‘Burn It Down’ from their upcoming album ‘Living Things’.
Linkin Park have made a massive reveal this week, the title, full track-listing, cover art and release date of their upcoming studio album ‘Living Things’ put out all in a single day as well as some tour dates! To wet our appetites the new albums’ first single has been released as well. Interviews over the last few weeks have suggested that this album will see Linkin Park consolidating the strengths of all previous records rather than trying to reinvent the band entirely yet again. Promises made by various band members include a noticeable move away from ballads and mid-tempo numbers to faster tracks (thank Christ for that!). Also it has been reiterated that the political lyrics are out the window and the distorted guitars are back in full force! The band has been quick to stress that although this new record will acknowledge their nu-metal roots it will NOT sound like Hybrid Theory.
With all this summing up in mind it came as a surprise to me when I heard the first single ‘Burn It Down’… a mid-tempo, electronically driven power ballad that sounds like it would have fitted perfectly on previous record ‘A Thousand Suns’. If descriptions given to us by the band are anything to go by, this single should not be indicative of the rest of the album but as it stands ‘Burn It Down’ upon first listen made very little impact on me. The song itself features soft vocals from Chester Bennington overlaying various ambient, electronic samples and a simple drumbeat. The chorus is quite catchy and worth a mention but the song doesn’t really go anywhere until Shinoda comes in with rapping vocals during the bridge. The two frontmen compliment each other well but it’s a shame Shinoda wasn’t brought in earlier.
The new single will disappoint fans of yester-year still seeking Hybrid Theory 3. Personally I loved some aspects of A Thousand Suns, particularly songs such as ‘Wretches and Kings’ and ‘When They Come For Me’. Those two tracks alone proved that Linkin Park still has some damn fine songs to offer the world when they try to put some force behind them. I have no problem with ballads in general, just ballads written by Linkin Park apparently. This wouldn’t be too much of an issue except it’s all they seem to produce these days.
Anyway the new single is available on Linkin Park’s main website for free streaming and is probably already on youtube. Check it out and by the way, album is due June 26th. North American tour dates are already going up, apparently it’s a co-headlining tour with Incubus.