The Hunting Party - Linkin Park
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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: 37 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44
  1. Jun 18, 2014
    10
    Linkin park always try to make the best music and this album symbolizes their hard word and effort. The hunting party totally deserves 10/10.Linkin park always try to make the best music and this album symbolizes their hard word and effort. The hunting party totally deserves 10/10. This guitar-driven album will be one of the best rock album of 2014. Chester's voice sounds like his very first days of Hybrid theory Expand
  2. Jun 17, 2014
    10
    I was pleasantly surprised that Linkin Park was able to return to their heavier rock roots. This album stands along with Hybrid Theory andI was pleasantly surprised that Linkin Park was able to return to their heavier rock roots. This album stands along with Hybrid Theory and just behind Meteora, easily surpassing A Thousand Suns, Living Things, and Minutes to Midnight. Expand
  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. Jun 17, 2014
    9
    linkin park show that can make new-metal or alternative, again. music's like Keys To The Kingdom,Guilty all The Same,War,Wastelands andlinkin park show that can make new-metal or alternative, again. music's like Keys To The Kingdom,Guilty all The Same,War,Wastelands and Rebelion travel you to a fast and metal music ,the music's until it's gone,and final masquerde its a good stop in the album,but ,drawbar it's the most deception of the album the bad utilization of Tom Morello is frustrating
    The Best Musics is:
    Keys To The Kingdom
    Rebellion
    Until it's Gone
    Wastelands
    Guilty All The Same
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  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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