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Linkin Park - The Catalyst

“The Catalyst” manages to sound enraged and thoughtful at the same time, a very difficult combination to pull off. All accusations of selling out and going pop seem naive. Just because a song doesn’t have a heavy guitar upfront doesn’t mean it is pop for a song that is 6 minutes long is the farthest thing from a radio friendly song. “The Catalyst” can be interpreted as a litmus test for their audience where the band is testing their fans.

Akhil Kashyap

Ps. The above review (abridged version of my original review) was published in the Delhi edition of The Times of India.

The Catalyst review, as published in the Delhi edition of The Times of India

The Catalyst Review, The Times of India, Delhi edition

LINKIN PARK / The Catalyst Stats

Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park recently posted some interesting stats. Check ’em out!

Linkin Park - The Catalyst

LINKIN PARK had revealed their intentions of not returning to their nu-metal roots along with their willingness to experiment even more quite explicitly in the interviews leading up to the release of “The Catalyst.” But nothing could have prepared their fans for this new anthem of raw and untailored sonic aggression. The song manages to sound enraged and thoughtful at the same time, a very difficult combination to pull off.

I don’t expect majority of the band’s audience nodding their heads in approval, but accusations of selling-out and going “pop” seem very ill informed.  Just because a song doesn’t have a heavy guitar upfront doesn’t mean it is pop, for a song that is almost 6 minutes long is the farthest thing from a radio friendly commercial song. Selling-out, for me, would have been releasing Hybrid Theory 2.0. Hats off to the band that is willing to risk so much, and at such scale too, only to stay true to their art.

“The Catalyst” can aptly be called a litmus test for the band’s audience where the band is testing their fans, and not the other way round. And I am proud to have passed the test.

Akhil Kashyap

LINKIN PARK Releases New Single

The Catalyst Single Cover

LINKIN PARK have released their new single “The Catalyst” worldwide. The brand new song is the band’s first since the release of their album “Minutes To Midnight” back in 2007 (besides the release of Across The Line, Not Alone and Blackbirds, all of which were studio outtakes from the “Minutes To Midnight” sessions and not new recordings). “The Catalyst” is the first single from the band’s upcoming album “A Thousand Suns.”

Check out the song right here and let us know what you feel about the new LINKIN PARK sound.

Album Version:

"A Thousand Suns" Cover Art

As predicted in my previous post on LINKIN PARK, the fans had been setting the artwork for the band’s upcoming album “A Thousand Suns” free through their tweets. The band finally revealed the album cover on their official website.

Oh, the satisfaction that accompanies “See, I told you!” remains absolutely unparalleled. Trust me on this one!  😉

And as regards the actual album cover – simplicity, ambiguity & minimalism seem to be the key words here.

In other news related to the band, LINKIN PARK’s vocalist Chester Bennington is all set to star in the seventh and final installment of the Saw Franchise, SAW 3D, which has a release date of October 22nd in the US. Check out the official trailer featuring Chester right here:

Also check out these stills from the trailer:

Chester Bennington In A Still From Saw 3D #1

Chester Bennington In A Still From Saw 3D #2