The Hunting Party

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 300 Ratings

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  • Artist(s): 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.
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  • 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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Final Masquerade
Tearing me apart with Words you would't say Suddenly tomorrow's Moment washed away Cuz I don't have a reason And you don't have the time But we both... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Jun 16, 2014
    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. Q Magazine
    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. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 18, 2014
    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: 45 out of 60
  2. Negative: 6 out of 60
  1. Jul 2, 2014
    10
    This is a fantastic album, one of the best of the year. Very heavy, very genuine music! I think this is better than Minutes to midnight, aThis is a fantastic album, one of the best of the year. Very heavy, very genuine music! I think this is better than Minutes to midnight, a thousand suns and living things! Go LP!!! Expand
  2. Jun 17, 2014
    10
    Initially I was skeptical that Linkin Park could return to their roots and they haven't. If you're looking for another Meteora then you willInitially I was skeptical that Linkin Park could return to their roots and they haven't. If you're looking for another Meteora then you will be disappointed. HOWEVER, this is something else. It's not an album that mashes together a couple of cool sounding tunes and some vocals; it's much more than that. It feels passionate in comparison to an orator who knows their stuff.

    Living Things felt like LP was trying to go for a run after having their legs amputated. The Hunting Party sounds like they got a rocket propelled wheel chair.
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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. Dec 15, 2016
    9
    This album is a major improvement over Linkin Park previous album, Living Things, which although i like it, it feels lousy sometimes. However,This album is a major improvement over Linkin Park previous album, Living Things, which although i like it, it feels lousy sometimes. However, this album, is better than Meteora although Hybrid Theory is still better in my opinion. This album fix some Linkin Park song problems, add more catchy feel to their song, and more tension. 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. Nov 19, 2014
    7
    Often heavy handed but powerful nonetheless, Linkin Park's The Hunting Party oozes with energy and strong riffs despite some songs beingOften heavy handed but powerful nonetheless, Linkin Park's The Hunting Party oozes with energy and strong riffs despite some songs being inconsistent in quality. Expand
  7. Nov 18, 2016
    0
    This record is just an utter mess. Lots of overlong horrible punk tunes with labored choruses by Chester, ripping-off one song from anotherThis record is just an utter mess. Lots of overlong horrible punk tunes with labored choruses by Chester, ripping-off one song from another (compare the choruses from GATS, Wastelands and ALITS) and even ripping-off a Rammstein tune (Final Masquerade) - all seasoned with "virtuoso" soloing by Brad. Worst Linlin Park's album by far. It proves enough that Linkin Park nowadays is much better without guitars. Expand

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