Over Linkin Park
The sum of a career dedicated to brain-melting innovation and expert craftsmanship, The Hunting Party finds Linkin Park reaching into their childhoods in order to realize their future. After setting the template for rock that incorporated hip-hop influences with Hybrid Theory and Meteora, LP shifted gears completely with the polychromatic Minutes to Midnight, only to subvert expectations again by releasing the largely electronic, apocalyptic A Thousand Suns and 2012’s Living Things, which melded songwriting structures of folk with the harder edges of electronica and rock and roll. The direction the band was trending towards suggested that The Hunting Party would follow in this electronic-tinged vein. But then again, Linkin Park has always loved a good surprise.