Linkin Park have launched a new series of remixes inspired by their 2002 remix album “Reanimation.” The first track in the series, a remix of “One Step Closer” that was done by 100 Gecs, can be found below. Linkin Park commented:
“Keeping the #HT20 celebration going into 2021 will be a series of new reanimated tracks. Part of the spirit of ‘Reanimation‘ was to take the ‘Hybrid Theory‘ songs that people knew so well, and let innovative artists flip them in ways nobody expected.”
Funko will be releasing a “Pop! Albums” figure based on the cover art for Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” in honor of the record’s 20th anniversary. The figure is expected to be released in late January and it can be pre-ordered HERE.
While discussing the 20th anniversary of “Hybrid Theory” with Metal Hammer, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda said that he felt like there was a lack of diversity within rock music until nü-metal came onto the scene. He also added that this was especially true of hair metal, which “felt like very white music.”
Shinoda said the following:
“At the time, if you asked somebody what they were listening to they’d say… ‘Rock. I listen to hip hop. I listen to jazz.’ It wasn’t until five years later they’d say, ‘Everything’. ‘Hybrid Theory‘ did some of that work. It was part of the progression towards breaking down boundaries between styles of music.
I listened to 90% rap music, then I’d look at a lot of rock bands and I’d be like, ‘There’s something too white’ [about it]. That was one of the things that turned me off, especially hair metal. Hair metal felt like very white music and I was growing up in a very diverse city so I didn’t gravitate to it. That didn’t resonate with me. And it wasn’t just about race. I don’t mean the color of skin. I just mean the culture of it. When nü-metal started at the very beginning, it was a very diverse place.’
“There was a moment when that term, nü-metal and what it meant, was actually pretty cool. It’s almost impossible to imagine! I remember when Korn first came out and when Deftones’ first couple of albums came out, and whatever you think about a group like Limp Bizkit, their first album was really raw. There were all these groups like Snot and (hed)p.e., and it wasn’t smart music, but there was something really visceral and culture blending that was important.”
Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” has re-entered Billboard’s “Album Sales” chart at No. 3. According to Billboard, the album sold 17,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending on October 15. This news comes after the group released a 20th anniversary edition of the record on October 9.
A rare Linkin Park demo track titled “Pictureboard” was released today (October 9) as part of the 20th anniversary edition of “Hybrid Theory.” The song was one of the band’s first to feature the late Chester Bennington and it can be streamed below:
Brad Delson told Kerrang! the following about the track:
“We had made a bunch of demos and at that moment we were looking for a vocalist, and someone… a friend of a friend, had worked with Chester in Arizona. Chester’s story – which I’m certain is true – is that he left his own birthday party to go to the studio and record his vocals on the tracks he had sent. That’s how excited he was.
He’d been in bands for years in Arizona and had basically hit the point where it was harder to get noticed out there, which was frustrating, and by that point he’d got a 9-5 job. And then he got this demo, left the party, recorded the vocals, and the rest is history.”
He also added the following when asked how he reacted to Bennington’s vocals:
“It just blew my mind. He sounds like two different people on the same song; the verses sound very, very, vulnerable. That song shows you all of his range: it’s got the tiny, tiny, vulnerable verse, which we were able to channel on songs like ‘Leave Out All The Rest‘ or ‘Breaking The Habit‘ or ‘One More Light‘… and then it’s got the big, melodic, almost screamy but still melodic chorus that you’d hear on ‘Crawling‘. It had all those elements there and it was like fireworks.”
Linkin Park will be streaming a live show from their 2002 “Projekt Revolution” tour on October 9. There will be two screenings and tickets can be purchased HERE. A fan-submitted Q&A will also take place during the event. As previously reported, the 20th anniversary edition of the band’s debut album “Hybrid Theory” will be released on October 9 as well.
Linkin Park have released a demo version of their hit single “In The End.” This version of the track will appear on the 20th anniversary edition of “Hybrid Theory,“ which is set to be released on October 9.
Linkin Park have shared a video of Mike Shinoda unboxing the 20th anniversary super deluxe box set edition of “Hybrid Theory.“ That version of the effort will be released on October 9 and more details on it can be found HERE.
Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” has officially been certified 12x platinum by the RIAA. The band received the honor after moving 12 million units of the album. This news comes as the group are preparing to release a 20th anniversary edition of “Hybrid Theory” on October 9.
Linkin Park have released an eleven-song expansion pack for “Beat Saber.” The DLC includes the following tracks: “Bleed It Out,” “Breaking The Habit,” “Faint,” “Given Up,” “In The End,” “New Divide,” “Numb,” “One Step Closer,” “Papercut,” “Somewhere I Belong,” and “What I’ve Done.”