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Linkin Park has a new album on the way. Due on September 14, it’s called A Thousand Suns. They’re giving away the song “Wretches and Kings” to people who pre-order the album at

You can listen to “Wretches and Kings” by pressing play:

Yeah, we’re just fuckin’ wit choo. Truth is, we’re late finishing today’s real post and thought we’d put this thing up until it’s done, just to make you say, “What the fuck?”

The new song is aptly titled, because Linkin Park are still kind-of pop music royalty, but the music has become wretched. Your NCS collaborators all used to like the band — back when Hybrid Theory came out and sounded fresh, back when Chester Bennington still shrieked his guts out, back before we got bored shitless with nu-metal. Maybe we were stupid to like the band even then, but we’re just being brutally honest (go ahead, say it with us, “because that’s the only kind of honest we know how to be here at NCS”).

The new song is heavy on the electro-bass, heavy on Mike Shinoda‘s lame rap, but at least Chester’s vocals aren’t completely clean. But really, this is just filler, not killer. Come back in an hour or two and we’ll have something better up here for your amusement.

  9 Responses to “LINKIN PARK?”

  1. Hybrid Theory was a pretty good album, certainly better than some of the others that were jumping on the bandwagon at the time, but like so many others, everything that came after failed to bring anything new and/or interesting to the table.

    If it’s the same lineup (don’t know, honestly (brutality optional) don’t care) they don’t sound like the same band. Granted, one song’s not enough to judge things by, but unless this is actually the weak link on an album that otherwise takes them somewhere where they shoot off in a different (and better) direction, I think the assessment stands.

    Should be interesting what else you have for us today if you’re starting off with Linkin Park…

    • I have a feeling this song isn’t the weak link. I have a feeling it may be the stand-out track. Sheesh.

      • Yeah, I doubt this would knock Canopy out of my current listening.

        There are better albums coming out on the 14th. Like Kamelot’s Poetry For The Poisoned. Or the 20th Anniversary Edition of Queensrÿche’s Empire, although that unfortunately includes “Silent Lucidity”. God, how I hate that song thanks to MTV and radio. And there’s even a live version on the second CD. Sure, it’s been a long time now, but I dunno… I have a hard time listening to “Whereever I May Roam” to this day, and that got raped by heavy rotation as well.

        I’m sure there are more worth my attention, but I can’t find a list with more than a few albums listed on it.

        • I still haven’t given Kamelot a second chance despite your previous recommendations — but the day will come. Queensrÿche is another band I used to dig mightily, but haven’t listened to them in eons. Don’t know what to make of the cabaret thing they’re now doing.

  2. Urgh. I’ll admit it too – loved the first release from Hybrid Theory … forgotten the name now. Brought the album – it filled some teen angst DJing hole in my soul for awhile, and then, it just all went horribly, horribly wrong.

    • Since we’re being so brutally honest here today, Steff, I loved “Papercut” and “Crawling”. I still get a bit of a charge listening to those songs. But yeah, after that, “horribly, horribly wrong.”

      • +1. It was bands like this and Korn that got me into much heavier stuff that never made it to the radio. Afterwards it’s easy to say Linkin Park suck (which I think they do) but nu-metal was definitely my gateway into “good” music.

        …Also, I was 14 when Hybrid Theory came out, and we all know 8th graders have fantastic taste in music…

        • I won’t divulge how old I was when I first heard Hybrid Theory, but it functioned in much the same way for me and my other two sometimes-NCS perpetrators — a gateway to much more extreme stuff, which is now our bread and butter. Which just makes it all the more disappointing to see the band’s post-hybrid trajectory.

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