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  • Band members: Joe Hahn, Phoenix, Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington
  • Summary: The sixth studio release for the nu metal group was co-produced by band members Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda with guest appearances from Page Hamilton, Daron Malakian, Tom Morello, and Rakim.
  • Record Label: Warner Bros.
  • Genre(s): Rap-Metal, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge, Rap-Rock, Nü Metal
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 83
    Radio bait "Until It's gone" feels limp, but the itchy noise engulfing the bracing "War" and the adenoidal clawing of "Keys To The Kingdom" prove the band still has swagger. [20 Jun 2014, p.64]
  2. Jun 16, 2014
    80
    The result of all these change-ups is an album that is both aggressive and progressive, while still maintaining Linkin Park’s innate pop sensibility.
  3. Jul 2, 2014
    80
    Excitingly, War's chaotic punk and the frantic Guilty All The Same are as raw as they've ever been, but The Hunting Party is the sound of Linkin Park coming in from the cold. [Aug 2014, p.109]
  4. 60
    It might not kill the Mumford and Butler clones, but The Hunting Party is an energetic effort at least.
  5. 60
    Straining a little too hard for intellectual depth and emotional intensity, The Hunting Party is ultimately let down by its lack of focus and poor quality control. [Summer 2014, p.93]
  6. Jun 16, 2014
    60
    Linkin Park certainly know their audience, and here delicately navigate the gulf between their own aspirations and a fanbase who will celebrate the band's loud return to rocking hard.
  7. Jun 16, 2014
    30
    It screams often, confused, like the mess that it is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 46
  2. Negative: 5 out of 46
  1. Jun 18, 2014
    10
    I Loved The hunting Party, Its so good, A fresh music, Lot better than A thousand Suns. The are Back!!!!!!!! loved the album, i watched themI Loved The hunting Party, Its so good, A fresh music, Lot better than A thousand Suns. The are Back!!!!!!!! loved the album, i watched them in Rock in Rio and i just Love it.... mY favorite Band Expand
  2. Jun 18, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Well, I've been following Linkin Park since Minutes to Midnight but I have all their albums and each one has had its unique style: Hybrid Theory was the wild rap and metal one that set the base; Meteora added some more electronic sounds to the previous sound and slowed paced versions around a similar beat in all songs; Minutes to Midnight was at the same time rawer and more mature than the previous two; A Thousand Suns deepened on the social messages of the previous album with very distinctive beats and theme; Living Things was a mix of electronic sounds and rockier ones in a nice way but not the most cohesive.
    I like them all but clearly for me the standouts have been Hybrid Theory and A Thousand Suns, followed by Minutes to Midnight, an album that didn't sound at the first listens but gets better once you hear it.

    So we got this new one, "The Hunting Party" which was promised to be heavier and a rock comeback.
    My first listen left me positively surprised and pleased about this comeback at equal parts ^^.

    1. Keys To The Kingdom is a punch-in-the-face intro to what's to come in this album, Chester distorted voice slams you before a succession of epic drumming and guitar sounds comes. A more relaxed verse and fast badass rhymes from Mike, along with the said before, make this the be(a)st first song of a Linkin Park album. 10/10

    2. All For Nothing has amazing guitar work and Mike verses adapt so well to the beat. The great collab is shown in the anthemic chorus of this song. 9'5/10

    3. Guilty All The Same is a well-chosen first single that shows how hard Linkin Park is going in this album, with amazing guitar solos, drumming, and the nice slowdown but deep collaboration of a legend. 10/10

    4. The Summoning acts as the calm before the storm, the opening before the War.

    5. War is short but intense, a war-themed punk song that "unleashes" Chester. I don't usually listen to punk rock but this hits so hard, there is that sense of war in the song. 10/10

    6. Wastelands has a slow but smooth rapping over a postwar scenario and a very nice beat; this song is like a little rest from the previous one, and the post-2-hooks part gets so epic. 9'5/10

    7. Until It's Gone is a little softer and like some Linkin Park's previous singles it has the few of the electronic sounds in the album, but also Chester screaming in a more "emo-like love song". However it fits well at this point of the album. 9/10

    8. Rebellion has definitely the touch of SOAD guitar collaborator and again that heavy revolutionary sound that songs like War have. 10/10

    9. Mark The Graves has a special mix between slow and calm lyrics and amazing hard guitar and drum parts and by the end it gets specially anthemic and hard. 10/10

    10. Drawbar is an unexpected pause with an unexpected guest that still does really well as an amazing, beautiful piano interlude. 9'5/10

    11. Final Masquerade makes it feel that the end of the album is near with a very emotive sound and almost poetic lyrics that lead into a heavier, anthemic and full of feelings chorus. 10/10

    12. A Line In The Sand seems similar to Mark The Graves but is even more layered and perfect as the ending track. Relaxing verses lead to the most unexpected epic combinations of drums and guitars and a heavy chorus. As epic as unexpected. At the moment it ends it returns to the perfect slow ending of a great CD. 10/10 for me.

    So for me, this album is all in all: A great advance in Linkin Park and a cohesive but unexpected and thrilling mix of rock styles that show a big development in all sides of the band: Drums, Guitars, Rap and Choruses. It's not a Hybrid Theory (its songs were also epic but more of the same type/genre) and has little in common with Meteora, and although it shares some of the Minutes to Midnight rawness it isn't so similar.
    Linkin Park have gone on to a hard and fresh path which i really like. Another LP CD that is different to the others and that I love. 10/10 definitely.
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  3. Jun 17, 2014
    10
    another great album from a great band,this album is heavy compared to their last few albums,guilty all the same is an awesome song,a must haveanother great album from a great band,this album is heavy compared to their last few albums,guilty all the same is an awesome song,a must have album for all those who loved their first two albums "hbd" and "meteora".. Expand
  4. Mar 3, 2015
    9
    Once again, Linkin Park manages to produce another successful, different album. Some songs might be too long for their own good like GuiltyOnce again, Linkin Park manages to produce another successful, different album. Some songs might be too long for their own good like Guilty All the Same and A Line in the Sand, but the other tracks are a great length. The mix of angry, heavy songs with lighter, melodic songs is great and I can't wait to see how they make their next album different. Expand
  5. Jun 17, 2014
    8
    Every Linkin Park album can clearly be paired up with another one of their albums. Meteora is frequently said to be a continuation of HybridEvery Linkin Park album can clearly be paired up with another one of their albums. Meteora is frequently said to be a continuation of Hybrid Theory, and Living Things and A Thousand Suns go well together. That just leaves Minutes to Midnight, and after seven years it finally has found its other half in The Hunting Party. Leaving behind the electronic ultra pop sound of their last two albums The Hunting Party brings back the instrumental heavy sound of Minutes to Midnight with a little extra angst sprinkled on top. The result is a loud and visceral, (if at times a little too much) return to form for the the band. Who have delivered there best effort in over ten years. Expand
  6. Jun 23, 2014
    7
    With the air still stinking from the lackluster teeny bopper production on Living Things, Linkin Park pull out a well above average rock albumWith the air still stinking from the lackluster teeny bopper production on Living Things, Linkin Park pull out a well above average rock album which takes cues from a host sub-genres the band haven't touched before.

    Although the band have replaced their sound palette with something anti-radio for the most part, the lyrics can pander a little too much to the masses at times "You don't know what you've got! No you don't know what you've got! Until It's Gone.." but Mike Shinoda's rapping had improved significantly over their last release.

    Guilty All The Same, Rebellion and A Line In The Sand are all welcome additions to the band's discography, but it's a shame that the album couldn't be longer.
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  7. Sep 5, 2014
    0
    Worst. Linkin Park Album. Ever.

    This album doesn't sound anything like Linkin Park. At all. It sounds like the B-Side of some punk band
    Worst. Linkin Park Album. Ever.

    This album doesn't sound anything like Linkin Park. At all. It sounds like the B-Side of some punk band that didn't make big in the 90's. It's horrible. The band stated that this album was a "Prequel" to Hybrid Theory, but it's not. Sounds like an attempt to bring back 90's punk rock. If you want a "Prequel" to Linkin' Park's album Hybrid Theory then listen to the bands early works when they called themselves Hybrid Theory. Otherwise, don't bother buying this album unless your a punk rock fanatic.
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