Linkin Park: ‘Our last album was bonkers’

Chester Bennington says the band have returned to more 'familiar' territory on their new record

Linkin Park have admitted that they went overboard with the experimentation on their last album ‘A Thousand Suns’, a record which frontman Chester Bennington has described as “bonkers”.

The band are currently working on their fifth album in their Los Angeles studio and are set to release it in the summer, with Bennington promising that they will return to more familiar territory on the new album.

Speaking to Kerrang! about the band’s plans for the new album and how it compared to ‘A Thousand Suns’, the singer said: “With this album, we’ve incorporated a lot of guitar work with big choruses and the heavier electronic stuff to give it that really big wall of sound feeling without getting too metal. This will be more familiar to people than ‘A Thousand Suns’ was, where we were like ‘Fuck it, we’re just going to go bonkers.”

Bennington also admitted that the band had very consciously tried to “break out of the nu-metal box” on their previous two studio albums and they were feeling a lot more comfortable this time round.

He added: “Over the previous two records, we were trying hard to break out of the nu-metal box that we’d found ourselves in. It’s very easy to characterise us as that based on ‘Hybrid Theory’ and ‘Meteora’, but we knew there was more to us than that. With the exception of the metal guitar tone we had on the first two records – which, I think is the reason that a lot of people really like the band – I feel like we’ve found a place where we’ve become in our skin.”

The singer also said that the new album’s lyrics would be personal and avoid being political, adding: “We’ve been writing a lot about relationships. We’re not a political band, we’re a socially minded band. We try to look at things that we find in the world that we’d like to see more of, or that we’d like to see less of.”

You can watch an interview with the band from last year’s Download Festival by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.