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Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington: “We’re Actually OK With Being Recognized As A Nu Metal Band”

Linkin Park have come to terms with being labeled a nu metal band. Speaking with “Revolver” in the July/August 2012 issue, band vocalist Chester Bennington stated:

“I think for the first time in our history, we’re actually OK with being recognized as a nu metal band, especially for what we did early in our careers. Because the truth is that when we were first doing it, nobody else really was, especially in terms of integrating the hip-hop thing.

There were guys like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and stuff that Anthrax and bands like that had done. But otherwise there was, like us, and Limp Bizkit. And Limp Bizkit, they were fucking awesome, dude!

I don’t think there were any other bands fusing those sounds the way our band and their band was. But at the same time, it never felt like we were doing anything that was so ‘out there.’ We just felt like we were making the music we wanted to make.”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/therileybrewer THERileyBrewer

    Good grief…

    • adrenalineno9

      Yeah no shit!!! Be Nu-Metal all you want, cause that “genre” died 10 years ago!!! So glad he didn’t mention the deftones in this, because the deftones went up, while these shit Nu-Metal bands went down the shitter.

      • http://www.twitter.com/therileybrewer THERileyBrewer

        The deftones. My all-time favorite band since I was in the 6th grade.

  • Snapcase78

    Sure, sure… Great innovators…

  • about_blank

    …….This guy ever heard of HED PE? Their very first album?

    • mirrorBaLLin

      Any (hed)pe for that matter.

      Actually way back in either 2000 or 01, not too long before Linkin blew up, I saw them open for hed. So they def know them, just can’t acknowledge them because hed is just simply a much better bank

      It went like this

      P.O.D (headlined)
      (hed)pe
      Project 86
      Linkin Park

      • mirrorBaLLin

        *better band

    • MyDarkPassenger

      My version of seeing this band right before they blew up:

      papa roach headlining
      hed pe direct support
      linkin park first

      in that order. amusingly, these days youd simply reverse it and have a fairly legitimate show. hed would prolly open though i guess.

  • wyldweasil

    Funny, these guys are always talking about how alternative they are

  • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

    How sheltered do you have to be to not realize that rap-rock bands were a dime-a-dozen by the year 2000?

    Having said that, I own a very worn copy of Hybrid Theory. It was good stuff for its time.

  • adrenalineno9

    Nu-Metal is dead. Linkin Park is terrible.

  • http://www.alldayaudio.com clintaur

    How about bionic jive? Probably the most accurate hip hop metal rock band ever

  • Relentless_Beating

    Ok, so where does RATM (And Deftones I guess) go in this?

    Now granted RATM wasn’t Nu-metal, but neither was RHCP who he mentioned.

    And I think FNM did the rapping style thing better then RHCP did.

    But anyways, RATM did this with metal, and they are real pioneers, not some joke band who has gone far beyond their time.

    And didn’t Anthrax only do one rap metal song?

    Oh, how about when Slayer ripped it up with Ice-T?

    • EyeOfEveryScorn

      Shit, how about when Kerry King played on the Licensed to Ill

  • Jenkem Dealer

    If I made millions of dollars in a band I wouldn’t give a fuck what genre you would call the music either

    • jk51084

      No Shit. I would be a Jonas Brother for that kind of bank. As far as Nu-Metal dying, ya it did. So did Grunge, Glam Rock, 90′s alternative…..Metallica……Just the way things go. In Ten years most of us will put on most of the music we listen to now and think to ourselves how in the hell did we ever listen to it. Fact is only about 5% of bands go on to be in the timeless conversation. like RATM or tool. People can say what they want about Linkin Park, they just need to remember these guys are still getting paid years later when bands you may hold above them have tanked to the point of embarrassment. As far as hed pe is concerned. They are on suburban noise with kottonmouth kings, put that into perspective. The beastie boys turned into a bunch of preaching bitches.

      • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

        You lost me with that Beastie Boys comment. They were awesome ’til the end. To The 5 Boroughs and The Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 were underrated as fuck.

      • southpawchew

        i think between the buried and me and every time i die fall into that 5% out of more modern bands

      • Fred Fred Burger (Darkdevout)

        Metallica hasn’t died yet, their still selling out shows running their own festival yeah their no more….If they were to release another album it were to go directly to nm.1 on the billboard, as for that 5% Bands like SOAD, and Slipknot, Deftones, actually good nu-metal survived.

      • jk51084

        I feel like metallica are a shell of what they used to be and have been for a long time. I love metallica … well old metallica like ride the lighting, master of puppets, kill them all. The beastie boys lost me when they started going Bono and getting all preachy about world politics and saying that they wish they wouldnt have made the tracks that made them famous. that they were embarrassed of the message they were delivering to their fan base early in their career. Yes metallica sales out shows everytime they go on tour. Most of the people buying tickets are their to hear the older material not the newer stuff……keep in mind Michale Jackson sold out arenas as well as justin bieber.

  • Lifeseclipse

    I can just imagine Chester at home typing this…. “Hey guise watch me troll prp, lols. Limp Bizkit awesome, lololol i troll u.”

  • Sniki

    Will that “were” in “Limp Bizkit, they WERE fucking awesome” start anything? Can’t wait for Durst to feel all trolled, raging on twitter about it…

  • Fred Fred Burger (Darkdevout)

    Linkin Park isn’t even nu metal anymore, they jumped of that boat years ago so they could get even more popular. Heck Linkin Park could still do nu metal and they would be just as famous as Slipknot, those first 2 records sold plent.

  • http://www.myspace.com/orangepeelsunshine whatisyourforte

    pretty soon he will be that creepy, old Uncle Chester….The Child Molester.

  • mirrorBaLLin

    Can someone define nu-metal for me?

    • cma3585

      Oddly enough I consider nu-metal the be the broadest subgenre of metal there ever was. When you have the leaders (and some other standouts) of the group in Slipknot, Korn, Deftones, SOAD, Spineshank, HED PE, Linkin Park’s first…honestly none of those bands really sounded all that alike. They just featured some relatively not so traditional metal (or rap) vocals and no guitar solos and for most downtuned guitars.

    • RUREADY2JIGGLE?

      Basic, tuned-down power-chords, vaguely jazzy rhythm section, hip-hop influence, aggressive but accessible vocals.

    • G Scotty

      It is difficult to completely explain nu-metal, but god damn if you dont put on a nu-metal album and i can tell you that is exactly what it is. It had a sort of rhythm to it, sometimes almost tribal at times, and had a lot of silly lookin motherfuckers that couldnt decide if they were goth or not. I recall dudes holding their guitars at funny angles, and they all must have had crazy abs because the singers and guitars all did that ab-crunch move to the beat. And you had to lhave a music video with dudes in makeup making “crazy eyes” at the camera. It was a whole movement, and everyone was copying off of each other. I really liked the shit at the time, but it definitely did not stand the test of time. As much as i hate getting older, i love how much more i appreciate what im listening to and can laugh at what i used to listen to, and also see bands that stand the test of time through that whole era. Bands like AIC and Soundgarden, who i stopped listening to during that era, but go and listen to Down On The Upside right now and realize how incredible that album is. This is a strange rant, apparently going nowhere, signing the fuck off….

      • veil your eyes

        i stopped reading your nonsense about half way thru

  • TheMediaProphet

    The first step on the road to recovery is acceptance. I think denial and anger come somewhere after that. Anyways, LP isn’t a bad band. They aren’t a great band, but I don’t shudder or feel nauseous whenever they come on the radio like I do when I hear 3 Days Grace or Five Finger Death Punch. Props to him for owning it, but thumbs down to him thinking them and LB pioneered rap/rock. Hell, I was in a rap rock band in Nashville before Hybrid Theory ever came out.

    • G Scotty

      Ah man, you nailed that. As much as I cannot listen to nu-metal anymore, it is so much better than the current wave of modern rock that makes me fucking nauseated. 3 days grace and five finger death punch lead the charge in that, as well as Seether and about 20 other bands played on my local rock radio that i cannot tell apart. There is no soul there!

      • TheMediaProphet

        At first I was glad it was not just my radio station, then I felt sad that it was not just my radio station.

  • Zombee187

    Yeah Chester, there was no Korn, Biohazard, Madball, RATM, SOAD, Deftones, Downset, Suicidal Tendencies, Mindless Self Indulgence, or Soulfly to only name a few. Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit…you guys started it all.

    • G Scotty

      does anyone remember a german rap/metal hybrid called Senser? came out in 1995…hybrid theory came out in 2000. just to add to the list.

    • Moxy? Oh, Brian

      e. town concrete and sick of it all haven’t been mentioned yet as far as i’ve noticed. and no one’s called attention to the 10,000 times Chester Bennington shits his pants when someone refers to Linkin Park as a ‘nu metal’ band. …either way, last thing these guys did i enjoyed was the ‘Collision Course’ project.

  • xxdjpxx

    apparently he never heard of a little band called Rage Against the Machine. And lets not forget Downset and Stuck Mojo. Both rap metal before Stinkin’ Park.

  • irreversiblemess

    nu metal is due for a revival. give it a few more years and motherfuckers will be coming out of the woodwork talking about how genre-defying endo, madhops, etc. were. i personally cannot wait for that pulse ultra 180gram lp re-issue. that said, linkin park and (hed) pe have both been dead to me since after their 2nd releases.

    • TheMediaProphet

      Ha! Endo! I haven’t heard that name in awhile. Long live theprp.

    • Zombee187

      So true! Instead of Nu-Metal it should have been Two-Metal…since most bands were going to suck after their second album…Hed(pe), Linkin Park, Kittie, 30 Seconds to Mars, Taproot, Limp Bizkit, Incubus, Nonpoint, and on and on and on!

      • TheMediaProphet

        I had such high hopes for 30STM. That first album was the shit. And Leto is a pimp. Jordan Catalano 4 life.

      • cma3585

        I actually thought Recoil was a hell of a lot better than Development from Nonpoint. Other than that though your list is correct.

      • picobo

        @TheMediaProphet
        Leto is sooo hot right now!

      • mrvictorick

        Jumping in on the tollololol wagon. lol I agree with cma3585….But I still love nonpoint.( i know its a frowned thing to still be a “nu-metaller”) But I dig em still. Good albums, bad albums, whatever. But I also think that Linkin Park is no where near nu-metal anymore. O and he needs to brush up on his nu metal history. lol

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numetal

      • Fred Fred Burger (Darkdevout)

        30STM isn’t a nu metal band? I thought they were mainstream radio rock.

      • adamonfire

        Kittie, 30STM, nor Incubus are even close to being nu-metal. You obviously have no idea as to what you are typing about.

      • G Scotty

        30STM is not nu-metal at all…they are complete shit now as well, but man that first album was fucking great. I dont even know what to classify that as.

      • TheMediaProphet

        I’m going to assume whoever gave me the thumbs down was more of a Ricky fan.

  • smokin_joe

    Nu Metal or not they still suck.

  • G Scotty

    Ha this thread lead me to look up a few things, and i stumbled across this gem… i actually still dig the fuck outta this song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWjgS4O1Aes

    • TheMediaProphet

      Ah fuck yea, man! Deadsy was awesome. I really would have liked to have seen that band do more. I still think it’s strange/cool that the singer is Cher and Gregg Allman’s son.

  • veil your eyes

    worst prp thread ever

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