I've been listening to this band from their album Hybrid Theory. Sure, the album was made available to me, however I was thinking this band was going to be something like the collaboration between Anthrax and Public Enemy. (Incidentally, Mike Shinoda's first concert was an Anthrax concert, but that's beside the point.)
The release of Reanimation saw the remixes of the entire Hybrid Theory album, including High Voltage off of their Hybrid Theory EP. The remix album embodies the idea of Hybrid Theory in the sense it combined different sounds from hip hop to electronica. So, when Meteora came out in 2003, I was surprised to see many fans complain that it didn't follow the progression of Reanimation and pointed out tracks that sounded like the tracks off of their first album. Of course, during the wait between Meteora and Minutes to Midnight, one of the popular discussions on the board back then was a possible remix of Meteora in the same vein as Reanimation. By the way, I really didn't mind the Mash Up between Linkin Park and Jay-Z.
I didn't know the general consensus of Rick Rubin producing Linkin Park's then new album, Minutes to Midnight, but I was aware of his works with Slayer and Johnny Cash's later albums, so I had very high hopes for this move. What I've Done came out as a single and I was surprised to hear more singing. However, when the actual album came out, a lot of people were blaming Rick Rubin for apparently ruining the band.
It's 2010 and we're coming to a new album, A Thousand Suns. It's interesting how the title plays along with the last album. Minutes to Midnight refering to the Doomsday Clock and the minutes that eventually leads to total destruction through means of nuclear weapons. A Thousand Suns refering to the quote "brighter than a thousand suns... " which was uttered by a scientist explaining one of the bombs being tested.
With the name thing aside, we are treated with a 30 second clip of the new single, The Catalyst. I've been reading comments saying it's either disco or techno. First, it's neither of the two and second, it's electronica, the very same element found in the Reanimation remix album. I still find it weird that people were complaining that Meteora didn't sound like Reanimation and now that we have an album with sounds similar to that remix album, people want the so called Hybrid Theory sound.
I don't want to get into an argument of what the next album will sound like, but isn't the whole point behind Linkin Park's existence is for them to make their own music? You know, to take different sounds and mash it up to their liking. And if I remember correctly, they don't like being pigeon holed into one genre.