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IT’S A HARD ROCK LIFE

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‘PARTY’ PEOPLE: Chester Bennington & Dave “Phoenix” Farrell of Linkin Park.

LINKIN PARK & KILLER BE KILLED GO FOR THE JUGULAR & REVITALIZE ROCK RADIO WITH THRASH-METAL MOSHERS   

Linkin-Park-1By David Ciminelli

Been cranking Linkin Park‘s The Hunting Party for a few weeks now and it’s exciting and refreshing to hear a brilliant band once again expanding its sound into wildly risky territories and in boundless new directions — even if it does take some getting used to LP’s hard and heavy, schizophonic shift in style.

Linkin Park-Hunting Party_CoverThe Agoura Hills rockers don’t hold back on the aggressive sonic assault that kicks off LP’s sixth and latest studio album with “Keys to the Kingdom,” which sees Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda and crew quickly laying claim to the music charts once again with the awesome thrash-rock anthem. SSMF 2013 headliners Linkin Park keeps the furious fretwork scorching right in up to the album closer, “A Line in the Sand.” The band tames the tempo on the badass quasi-ballad that is musically on par with the Linkin Park classic “My December.”

 

On a kick-ass collection of smoldering, in-your-face molten-metal anthems that  feature cameos by a number of iconic rockers, like Tom Morello (“Drawbar”) and System of A Down‘s Daron Malakian (“Rebellion”), it’s Helmet frontman Page Hamilton that effortlessly helps the band turn up the adrenaline even further on the blistering “All for Nothing.” And taking their powerhouse sound into heavier territories, Linkin Park gives Metallica a run for its money on the epic “Guilty All the Same,” a melodic metal mosher featuring legendary hip-hopper Rakim.

The Hunting Party indisputably proves that a band formerly pigeon-holed as “Kings of Nu Metal” are more rightly justified as reigning “Kings of Rock.”

kbkAssisting in the welcome resurgence of hard rock is supergroup Killer Be Killed, which is fronted by The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato and includes Sepultura legend Max Cavalera on co-vocals and guitar, Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders and drummer Dave Elitch, formerly of The Mars Volta.”

 

Greg-PuciatoRecent Whisky A Go-Go headliners Killer Be Killed slay with the speed and ferocity of Motörhead and the merciless guitar assault of Megadeth on the band’s relentlessly rockin’ self-titled debut, which was recorded at Downtown L.A.’s Fortress recording studio. The dozen tracks echo with old school thrash metal and punk influences, and out of 12 solid and smoking-hot tracks, sonic stand outs include “Snakes of Jehovah” and the esoteric “Wings of Feather and Wax,” which will melt your ear wax with its blistering grooves and a vocal delivery that would make Disturbed proud — or very envious.

Killer Be Killed and The Hunting Party are the types of releases that Slipknot would listen to and exclaim, “Damn, now that’s heavy!” And any hard rock fan that has ever owned — and/or continue to proudly wear — a Slayer or Venom t-shirt will be won over by LP and KBK’s infectious new grooves.

 

 

Linkin Park plays Hollywood Bowl with 30 Seconds to Mars & AFI on Sept. 15.

 

Road Trippin’ with Linkin Park


LINKIN PARK TAKES FANS BACKSTAGE IN NEW TOUR CLIP, DEBUTS GROUNDBREAKING ‘ECHO’ VIDEO

Arena rockers Linkin Park have released an awesome new clip from the road of their world tour in support of its fifth and latest studio album, Living Things, which just spawned another smash, “Lost in the Echo.” Check out the song’s interactive video below!)

Check out the Agoura Hills band’s cool new clip for a candid look at the guys backstage, on stage with members of support act Incubus, conceptualizing and creating the groundbreaking video for “Lost in the Echo” and just rockin’ the hell outta America!

Plus: Brad Delson in specs?! Hot! He totally redefines the “nerd” look.

Linkin Park’s Big Dodge

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L.A. SUPERSTARS TO APPEAR AT JUNE 29 DODGERS/METS GAME

The L.A. Dodgers have been trying to entice fans to start attending games more often again after the brutal attack on Giants fan Brian Stowe at Dodger Stadium last March. The free bobbleheads didn’t make a dent for us, but this announcement of a June 29 game against the Mets initially sounded VERY promising:

“GO TO THE DODGERS GAME WITH LINKIN PARK!”

Before you get revved for a great night of live rock and roll, however, you should know that there is good news and bad — really bad — news.

The good: Chester Bennington and his Linkin Park pals will be there to throw out the first ball.

The bad: After tossing the first pitch, the band is, um, splitting the scene! WTH?! Oh, but Dodger Stadium will be cranking LP’s music, including new stuff from Living Things, which drops June 26. The tracks will be synchronized with a post-game fireworks show. Woo-hoo! (Editor’s Note: That was a sarcastic “woo-hoo.”)

L.A. fans will have to wait until June 29 to see the band live, during the X Games at Downtown L.A.’s Nokia Theatre, and in September, when LP will rock the Southland with Incubus.

Linkin Park’s Game Plan

L.A. ROCKERS TO HELP LAUNCH X GAMES MUSIC AT NOKIA JUNE 29

Just when you think the X Games can’t get much more awesome, it does with the announcement that Linkin Park will rock Downtown L.A,’s Nokia Theatre on June 29 as part of X Games Los Angeles.

Performing an intimate show as part of a promo initiative the hype the X Games newest venture, X Games MUSIC, Linkin Park are sure to rock songs from its hotly anticipated new album Living Things, due June 26.

But there is some good news and bad news: The bad: It’s a private show, so no matter how good your shady connections are, you can’t buy tickets.

The good news: You can try scoring free tickets to the gig via giveways on the X Games Facebook page and the extreme sports organization’s Twitter.

If you caught the band’s Nokia show last September, you know the roof of that joint should be prepared to be blown off its hinges again.


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Big Screen Blast


LINKIN PARK BRINGS LIVE FROM BERLIN TO CINEMAS JUNE 25

Multi-platinum, Grammy-winning band Linkin Park will be — virtually — rocking nearly 500 select movie theaters across the country on June 25 at 7:30 P.M. with Linkin Park Live From Berlin. Captured June 5 at the band’s concert at Admiralspalast in Germany, the one-night-only cinema event invites fans to meet up and rock out to LP.

Chester Bennington and the band will perform their roster of rockin’ classics as well as new songs from LP’s new album Living Things, which drops June 26. Linkin Park has recorded a special welcome message that will screen before the start of the concert film, which includes an exclusive look at the Agoura Hills band’s new tour.

See the L.A. dates below. Click here for the full list.

LOS ANGELES: LINKIN PARK LIVE FROM BERLIN

AMC Century City 15 – AEG L.A. Live (Downtown) – Rave Motion Pictures 18 Culver City – Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 – Century 8 North Hollywood – AMC Burbank 16 – AMC Citywalk Stadium 19

Putting on the LP

LINKIN PARK & INCUBUS TO HEAT UP SUMMER WITH CO-HEADLINING TOUR

Two great L.A. bands are teaming up for what’s sure to be summer’s hottest tour. Agoura Hills rockers Linkin Park and Calabassas hit-makers Incubus are heading out on the road together, with New Orleans’ rockers Mutemath opening the shows. The U.S. leg of the tour with Incubus kicks off August 14 in Mansfield, MA (LP plays earlier U.S. dates but without Incubus).

Strangely enough, the bands have not yet announced a home show in L.A. at Staples, Gibson or the Forum. The closest stop is Carson’s Home Depot Center on September 9. They also play Chula Vista’s Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre on September 10.

The LP/Incubus tour comes to the Bay Area on September 7 to rock the Shoreline Amphitheatre. With tickets between $30 and $125 for the tiny venue in Mountain View, located  just outside of San Francisco, there’s no reason not to hit up this awesome double-headliner bill.

Incubus will be cranking classics and new tunes from its latest release If Not Now, When? and Linkin Park will be hyping its hotly anticipated new album Living Things, which includes the killer first single “Burn it Down” and drops June 26.

Get deets and tix to the Sept. 7  Shoreline show here.