The band's frontman believes they are responsible for the enduring appeal of the genre.
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has stated that the band’s debut album “kept metal alive” and that he thinks the phrase ‘integrity of metal’ is “really funny”.
In an interview with Metal Hammer, Bennington discussed how he’s experienced many metal fans approach him to gush about his influence on their music taste: “I met a kid a few days ago who said, ‘You were the first rock band I ever listened to’ and I hear that all the time.
“Every one of them was either, ‘Your band was my first record.’ Or, ‘Your band is the reason I’m playing music.’”
When Linkin Park played the Vans Warped Tour in California in 2014, the band invited many other artists to perform alongside them. Bennington told Metal Hammer, “Every one” of the musicians “was either, ‘Your band was my first record.’ Or, ‘Your band is the reason I’m playing music.’”
Bennington called this “the first time where I felt like we were the band that people looked at in the way that I look at Deftones, Metallica and Stone Temple Pilots.”
Though their debut album ‘Hybrid Theory’ experienced widespread success upon its release in 2000, many metal fans believed the music violated the ‘integrity’ of the ageing genre. Bennington’s retrospective response to the criticism is “I think that’s really funny – just those words, ‘the integrity of metal.’ In my opinion we actually kept metal alive.”
Linkin Park are currently working on their seventh album.