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Generally favorable reviews- based on 327 Ratings

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  • Artist(s): Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington, Brad Delson
  • 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: 51 out of 66
  2. Negative: 6 out of 66
  1. Jun 20, 2014
    10
    The album is mixed with energy and a attempt to give rock lovers a record that gives you a force whenever you play it.
    LP changed their
    The album is mixed with energy and a attempt to give rock lovers a record that gives you a force whenever you play it.
    LP changed their direction, evolved and delivered a record that kicks the **** out of EDM turned alternative and rock band in this modern era.
    That's why they are the best and will be always. They love their fans and make records what they love.
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  2. Jun 17, 2014
    10
    At the time when the first two singles were out, I was unsure of what to anticipate from this album. All the reviews kept on increasing theAt the time when the first two singles were out, I was unsure of what to anticipate from this album. All the reviews kept on increasing the hype, all the people who had been fortunate enough to attend the listening parties got their jaws dropped. By the time the iTunes stream was online and as soon as I pressed the Play button, I realized where this was heading towards. Not only did Linkin Park back every single statement they had made regarding the album prior to it's release, they nailed it! We got to see a lot of variety on this album. Rob was insane at the drumming, Brad certainly let his inner beast out, we got tons of screams from Chester, and Mike both rapped and sang on the album. Not to mention the fact that the guests on this album played their roles perfectly. To me, nothing seems absent concerning everything that they had promised us. I loved all of the songs, so I wouldn't skip any in the future while listening to this album. To be honest, the only 1 thing that I found odd about this album was the frequent repetition of some words in a couple of songs...but nonetheless, it completely fits and I'd still give this album a 10/10. 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. May 19, 2016
    9
    the sound is raw. it's slightly reminiscent of the old sound of linkin park with a twist of a sort of rage. I LOVE IT. Mike's raps are onthe sound is raw. it's slightly reminiscent of the old sound of linkin park with a twist of a sort of rage. I LOVE IT. Mike's raps are on point. Chester brings his amazing voice as usual and the entire album in my eyes was a success. one of the only bands from the early 2000s able to hold themselves in the NU-metal genre. Expand
  5. Jun 17, 2014
    8
    Even though I was never a Linkin Park fan I must admit this record is great. It's a delight from start to finish. The album also features 4Even though I was never a Linkin Park fan I must admit this record is great. It's a delight from start to finish. The album also features 4 all-star musicians: Page Hamilton (Helmet) who sings and plays the guitar on "All for Nothing", Daron Malakian (System of a Down) who plays the guitar on "Rebellion" , Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) who plays the guitar on "Drawbar" and Rakim (Eric B. & Rakim) who sings on "Guilty All the Same".

    Favorite track: War
    Least favorite track: Drawbar
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  6. May 30, 2016
    7
    The Hunting Party showcases Linkin Park at their heaviest since Minutes to Midnight, but it's by no means a return to their Hybrid Theory-eraThe Hunting Party showcases Linkin Park at their heaviest since Minutes to Midnight, but it's by no means a return to their Hybrid Theory-era sound; the band are far from abandoning the electronics heard on the previous two releases and are still exploring their musical capabilities and trying to expand upon their palette as opposed to restricting themselves to a tried and tested formula just to appease fans, which is to be respected. 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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