Rather than fade away in to obscurity like so many acts from the same era, Linkin Park have instead decided to branch out as a band, reinventing and re-imagining their sound time and time again. Sometimes for good, others for bad.
Ahead of the release of their sixth full-length album, The Hunting Party, Linkin Park have unleashed second track, ’Until It’s Gone’. Following on from the first single, ‘Guilty All The Same’, ’Until It’s Gone’ is in much the same vein.
Starting out with a promising haunting synth which is reminiscent of ‘What I’ve Done’ or ‘Faint’, the song quickly drops back in our estimation. Chester gives a pretty decent vocal performance but other than that, ‘Until Its Gone’ is the sum of each of the weakest parts of the band. The lyrics are not thought provoking, the mood is dark and brooding, and after several listens, we still find it unmemorable “after it’s gone”.
It has to be said, while we so wanted this song to be good, we were left disappointed. We were really hoping for a return to classic form to bring the band back to their Hybrid Theory and Meteora glory days. Ok, so the song is much heavier than their recent works, but its certainly not be a return to the band’s nu-metal roots. Nor is it a reworking of the Hybrid Theory sound that made us fall in love with Linkin Park in the first place.
If you’re a fan of Linkin Park, or discovering the band for the first time, this is not the song to chose. Listen to Meteora, listen to Hybrid Theory, even listen to Minutes To Midnight, but not this.
Linkin Park’s forthcoming album The Hunting Party, due for release on 16th June 2014.