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.”