Nu metallers use guest appearances from System Of A Down and Rage Against The Machine members to their advantage

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Linkin Park - 'The Hunting Party'

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Linkin Park – ‘The Hunting Party’

Linkin Park have talked a good game in the run up to the release of their sixth album, saying that they’re sick of bands copying Mumford & Sons and Arcade Fire and promising to hit back with some of their heaviest material to date. Members of System Of A Down and Rage Against The Machine have joined the fight here. But while Daron Malakian’s appearance on ‘Rebellion’ packs a hefty punch, Tom Morello’s spot is disappointing – ‘Drawbar’ sidesteps the riffs altogether for a plaintive piano wheeze. However, Linkin Park’s other material is reliably heavy; ‘War’ and ‘Wastelands’ find Chester Bennington’s vocals soaring over a tumult of expensive-sounding noise. It might not kill the Mumford and Butler clones, but ‘The Hunting Party’ is an energetic effort at least. 

David Renshaw

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Record label:Machine Shop/Warner Bros
Release date:16 Jun, 2014