A Thousand Suns

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Band Name Linkin Park
Album Name A Thousand Suns
Type Album
Released date 08 September 2010
Produced by Rick Rubin
Music StyleExperimental Metal
Members owning this album213


1. The Requiem 02:01
2. The Radiance 00:57
3. Burning in the Skies 04:13
4. Empty Spaces 00:18
5. When They Come for Me 04:55
6. Robot Boy 04:28
7. Jornada del Muerto 01:34
8. Waiting for the End 03:51
9. Blackout 04:39
10. Wretches and Kings 04:15
11. Wisdom, Justice and Love 01:38
12. Iridescent 04:56
13. Fallout 01:23
14. The Catalyst 05:39
15. The Messenger 03:01
Bonustracks (iTunes)
16. A Thousand Suns: The Full Experience 47:56
17. The Catalyst (Video) 04:42
18. Blackbirds (from the 8-Bit Rebellion! App) 03:21
Bonustrack (Japanese Edition)
16. New Divide (Live) 04:54
Bonustracks (iTunes UK Special Edition)
16. New Divide (Live in Madrid) 04:35
17. Waiting for the End (Live in Madrid) 04:04
18. Breaking the Habit (Live in Madrid) 04:00
19. The Catalyst (Live in Madrid) 05:57
20. In the End (Live in Madrid) 03:48
21. What I've Done (Live in Madrid) 03:32
Total playing time 47:48

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Linkin Park

Review @ Crinn

20 December 2011

A crappy techno/pop album

[Originally posted September 11, 2010]

I’m surprised that this album is on spirit of metal because this album isn’t metal!! With “Minutes to Midnight”, they switched from an astonishing Nu Metal sound to more of a heavy rock sound. And in my review of that album I said that their sound had drifted away from the Linkin Park sound. But this?? A Thousand Suns has drifted so far from it that their original sound is way beyond the horizon. Even Chester Bennington himself said that he doesn’t fully like A Thousand Suns. And I don’t blame him for thinking that! I have been checking up on Linkin Parks spirit of metal page and I’ve noticed that ever since they released their new single (which is one out of only three songs I’ve heard from the new album), the amount of fans have gone down at a dramatic pace. The thing that I just can’t understand is that there are people out there that actually like this album!

Let’s talk about their new sound. They still have a guitarist and a bassist, but I can’t hear any guitar or bass in the music, unless they have been digitized and edited so much that you can’t even tell that they even have a guitarist or bassist. Another thing I would like to say is that in the good old days (the Hybrid Theory and Meteora days), Chester Bennington sang and screamed, and Mike Shinoda did the rapping and occasionally sang to add some harmonies to Chester’s vocals here and there. But now, they both just sing. And I will tell you this, THEY AREN’T GOOD AT IT! I bet that in the studio recordings, they just use a drum machine, and when they play live, they use an actual drummer, because only techno bands would make the drums sound that automated and digital. Basically what I’m saying is that all I can hear is keyboard and vocals.

Another thing that I would like to note is that I hear quite a bit of auto-tune in the vocals. Auto-tune is typically used when a singer can’t hit the right notes when he’s singing. The thing that I don’t like about auto-tune is that there isn’t a smooth transition between notes. On top of Linkin Park switching to techno, the worst thing is that they aren’t any good at it. Unlike some of the better techno bands like Daft Punk, Kraftwerk, and Blaqk Audio, their songs are repetitive, boring, and have too much of a mainstream sound. In music, I am an extremely open minded person. I want bands to change their sound every once in a while. But if they’re changing, and not getting better (or if their getting worse), that’s something that I strongly dislike. I’m a techno fan and love listening to it, but this thing that Linkin Park has done is horrible. It’s more of a techno/pop sound, which is something I don’t like. As you can see, I’ve given this album 1/20 on spirit of metal, but if I could I would give it an infinite negative numbered score. I miss Linkin Park. Below, I posted a video of my favorite Linkin Park song.

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Review @ vikingman369

05 August 2011

A darker, more serious vein of the music from the previous album

Linkin Park has been called a whole lot of things since their departure from the typical nu metal sound of Hybrid Theory and Meteora. Though I never thought I would hear someone called 'emo freak' ripping on an album by a band that has been derogatorily called 'emo'. For myself, I had mixed feelings about Minutes to Midnight and waited at the back-lines, as it were, of the LP fan-base, waiting to see what they would do next.

And they didn't disappoint. A Thousand Suns is perhaps one of the deepest, darkest material LP has ever done to date. It's a concept album about the end of the world via nuclear holocaust. Now I know that this is 2011 and people would rather believe in God than fear nuclear holocaust, but its still an issue, even though people refuse to believe its a real threat. And the way Linkin Park portrays it is just chilling and gripping.

If there's any 'auto-tune' to be found, its on the audio-clip in the intro 'The Requiem.' Now I've heard this album many times over and haven't heard any obvious auto-tune except for that clip, and only a complete idiot would think that the little girl from 'The Requiem' is any of the band members actually singing. The next track is another intro, but it's fucking worth it. Played over an ominous track of ambience, the words of J. Robert Oppenheimer spell out the bleak future of nuclear holocaust in the ancient Hindu scripture...

"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."

A moment of silence is deserved for those who have lost their lives at the use of nuclear weaponry, among them Mike Shinoda's Japanese ancestors. Even more-so, let us remember that even viking/black metal founder Quorthon quoted these lines from his Bathory album Destroyer of Worlds. The usage of the original audio files and the disturbing horror it implies means that this album is going the right way from the start.

As the album progresses, you will no doubt see that it is musically similar to Minutes to Midnight in very many ways. However, there are still some instances where evidence of older material is still prevalent. "Empty Spaces" stood out as one such instance, where we hear some of Mike Shinoda's rapping, including the repetition of 'forfeit the game' from Hybrid Theory. But perhaps most profound line is this one:

"'Cause even a blueprint is a gift and a curse
'Cause once you got a theory of how the thing works
Everybody wants the next thing to be just like the first"

Beware, you poser-fans who ran away in terror at Minutes to Midnight, M. Shinoda's calling your punk-asses out! And not just to LP-fans, but to everyone of music who keeps this trend up of trying to keep bands from growing and forcing them to 'stay in the lines.'

But "Empty Spaces" is good for another reason, and that's the kick-ass chorus vocalizations, done not by Chester as we may think, but M. Shinoda himself. There's the little twist of modern Linkin Park, where Shinoda has taken to singing more than just rapping.

The album alternates between 'modern' alt. rock songs and the more familiar rap-like songs of old, before reaching another point where the music sticks out. Well, jumps out at you with an impassioned speech from Mario Savio about sacrificing yourself for 'the cause' while he reaps all the benefits and watches you die for him. "Wretches and Kings" is sure to appeal to the anarchists and supporters of violent, socialist revolution. In this the band has never changed, for they've always been on the left-side of the political spectrum, and, with many of you there as well, it's a little odd that more people don't support them.

In stark contrast to 'throwing your bodies upon the gears', "Wisdom, Justice and Love" presents another aspect of revolution: peaceful revolution as brought forth by that great martyr of equal rights, Martin Luther King Jr. As if his words, talking about the unjust horrors of war, are not disturbing enough in his usual, awe-inspiring preacher's voice, the band sends the audio-clip colliding down into a low, distorted, electronic croak that shivers the soul while implanting the final word, that violence, murder and genocide...

"Cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love."

It's a refrain that we should all keep to heart, and the fact that it has been so often silenced in this, our beloved community of heavy metal, that we have been looked upon as war-mongers, violent, dissolute and evil.

But, back to the concept. As tied in as these songs may be, though it escapes my mind to a degree, it all comes to a crashing conclusion in the last song "The Catalyst." The lyrics are, like any concept album or classical soundtrack, a repetition of the theme presented in "The Requiem." For surely, once the button is pressed and the bombs start to come down, who but God can save mankind from itself? This song is one for the books, a hymn to herald the end of the world and the end of mankind. Sitting atop a hill in San Fransisco while listening to this song, you can almost imagine nukes going off around the world as the long, bloody history of the human race comes to a conclusion to this song! The music video, also, is chilling. The band sings and plays surrounded in a smoke, the ash from the fallout, with people running scared all around them. It's weird, like any Linkin Park video, but its as chilling as the song itself.

In the end (no pun intended), this album doesn't deserve all the heat it's got, though I can probably understand why. Aside from the few high points I have mentioned, there's not much else that really sticks out to me on this album: so I give it 15 of 20 for a decent effort. For what it's worth, though, A Thousand Suns is an expedition through a darker, more serious vein of the Linkin Park music from the previous album. Listen to it at least once, even if you don't like nu metal. The sheer volume and presence of the lyrics they sing and how these musicians present it is enough to shock you into reality as never before.


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emofreak33 - 05 August 2011: haha my username is supposed to be a joke cause i used to have the whole emo hairstyle and i would get called that a lot, i would like to get the name changed but oh well haha, nice review though :)
Crinn - 11 April 2012: Once again, you have lost even MORE credibility. (emofreak33 used to be my old profile)
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Comment @ SilentDan297

01 April 2012

It could be worse.

The album wasn't one of Linkin Park's greatest produced albums, compared to the other albums produced. Linkin Park as I knew it was an aggressive and addictive band with a "F*** You"! aspect yet also a sense of redemption and sorrow in others, the albums 'Hybrid Theory' and 'Meteora' are both great albums with these aspects.

when 'Minutes to Midnight' was released, changes were noticed, such as less rapping and less aggression, more redemption and also new sadness was added with calmer aspects, it was however a great album all the same.

This album, though very unique, isn't one of Linkin Parks greatest achievements. they have experimented too much with music and perhaps tried to hard to be unique in a new way, songs such as 'Burning in the Skies' and 'Iridescence' were songs which to me were let downs of the album, if you compare them with the old tunes.

However! This album itself isn't the biggest tragedy in music, as some songs do still hold elements of Linkin Parks aggression, songs such as 'Wretches and Kings' and 'Blackout' still have the Linkin Park signature they started with. And don't forget that 'The Catalyst' was a hit in some countries and is also an inspirational song personally and from other reviews i have read form various websites.

Overall the album isn't too great yet it's good. I bet if we didn't know it was the same band, we would probably have a different opinion on the album all together, but knowing that Linkin Park, the band I knew as a Aggressive and blood pumping band it once was made this particular album sort of puts me off and lets me down.

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