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Why LInkin Park weeded out their emo

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has revealed their upcoming album The Hunting Party took a steep turn off course when he thought about the age he and his bandmates had reached.

The result is a guitar-focused heavier set of songs, which he describes as “more visceral” than 2012’s Living Things.

Shinoda tells the Pulse of Radio: “We needed to weed out a lot of the soft, emo approach to our music. We needed to weed out anything that feels aggressive for aggression’s sake.

“We’re not 18-year-old kids making a loud record – we’re 37-year-old adults making a loud record.”

But that led to a backlash from Linkin Park’s back room staff. An executive told Shinoda: “This music is going to have a real hard time living on rock radio. It’s a bad move – we can’t rely on a home run.”

It didn’t put him off, because he didn’t want to become part of what he feels is a stagnating scene. “At a certain point I feel like that box had been checked and checked again,” he says.

The Hunting Party is released on June 16 – just days after Linkin Park deliver classic album Hybrid Theory in full at this year’s Download (opens in new tab) festival.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.