his blog comes earlier than planned considering what’s happened, so the planned blog for this week will appear next week instead.
Last time I wrote about a little international travel, as IAMX originates from England, started a solo project in Germany, then moved to America.
This time around as I’ve made a last-minute change, I’m still in America and so next week I’ll be travelling back to Australia. This week’s band is Linkin Park.
Linkin Park formed in 1996, the same year I started high school. They didn’t release their debut album until 2000 by which point I was 16 years old. Strangely I bought Hybrid Theory after the remix album, Reanimation (2002) – this was bought as a present for my 18th birthday by my friend in high school – but this was inevitable as I loved the band’s sound.
Meteora (2003) was the next album to be released and it seemed every single was amazing. The more I listened to this band, the more I liked them and the more I identified with their music, the more I realised they were fast becoming a hot favourite.
They then went off the radar for a few years until Minutes to Midnight was released in 2007. Throughout his life, Bennington had abused drugs and alcohol, however, being in a band had helped him to quit, although his thoughts and feelings and depression remained.
I was just finishing my A-Levels and preparing to go to university when the album was released. I loved the lyrical content also as it was more abrasive that the previous albums and the music matched to give it a more depressing feel. I was only aware of his depression when this album was released and the songs made more sense listening back to them as did the earlier ones.
The year I quit university, A Thousand Suns (2010) made its inception and was notable for its stylistic change. The band were heading in a more electronic direction and for me, I quite enjoyed that as I quite like Electronica and Industrial music anyway.
Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014) and One More Light (2017), all dealt mostly with his depression – every song deals with elements of their lives and how they deal every day Bennington revealed in a 2015 interview. I didn’t like their latest offering at first as I didn’t get it but after a few listens I got choked up and still do even more so now Bennington commit suicide. I would have love to have seen them live with the full band, but I’m just happy he’s no longer at war with himself.
This is it for this week, next week I’ll be back in Australia, but which band or artist am I picking on next? Stay tuned.