Minutes To Midnight

To be fair to the perpetually bellyaching rap-metallers, this time they are at least moaning for the good of society and not just for personal pain - the current American regime gets a right old Bush-whacking on this record.

“Put me out of my fucking misery,” screams Link Park’s Chester Bennington on ‘Given Up’, making perhaps the most fluent case for premature euthanasia I’ve ever had the misfortune to hear. The poor boy wants to end it all and, after listening to his band’s third opus, Minutes To Midnight, you’ll be ready to administer the fatal shot yourself.

To be fair to the perpetually bellyaching rap-metallers, this time they are at least moaning for the good of society and not just for personal pain. Designed to showcase a new-found maturity of vision, Minutes To Midnight sees Linkin Park go all topical on our asses. The militaristic drums of ‘No More Sorrow’ make it clear exactly whose “time is borrowed” – in fact the current American regime gets a right old Bush-whacking on this record, Dubya being personally lambasted on closing cut, ‘The Little Things Give You Away’. However, the shift in subject matter cannot disguise Linkin Park’s acute lack of creativity.

Admittedly they make the occasional attempt to break free of the nu-metal mould – note the so-Emo-it-bleeds ‘Valentine’s Day’ and U2 pastiche ‘Shadow Of The Day’ – but it’s all rather lacklustre. In addition, there remains far too much of Mike Shinoda’s rapping – and by ‘too much’ I mean ‘any’. Even the venerable Rick Rubin can’t salvage anything from the wreckage. Linkin Park had their moment: it was more than they deserved and, as Minutes To Midnight confirms, it’s probably time to consign them to history’s dustbin.

 

Related Articles

Linkin Park release new album

Chaos gripped Grafton Street this afternoon....

Read More

LISTEN: New Linkin Park

A taste of their fifth album...

Read More

Linkin Park cover Adele!

Yes, you read that right.

Read More

A Thousand Suns

Rap metal giants abandon the formula, with mixed results

Read More

Want to Hear the New Linkin Park Album in Full?

Well now you can be one of the first people in Ireland to do so.

Read More

Linkin Park Pay Homage to Public Enemy

Band admit that new album owes a lot Chuck D and co.

Read More

Linkin Park confirmed for VMAs

The rockers are the latest act added to the line-up.

Read More

A talk with the Park

Backstage in Portugal, nu-metal boundary-breakers Linkin Park chat about Barack Obama, the Iraq war and their debt to - yes, really - Jean-Paul Sartre

Read More

Linkin Park, QOTSA come to the RDS

MCD have released the show times for the Linkin Park and Queens of the Stone Age gig, which takes place at the RDS this Sunday.

Read More

Live in Texas

If the band’s electrifying RDS performance was anything to go by, Linkin Park are consummate masters in rocking the kids ™. What is perhaps less obvious is that their particular brand of rock sometimes rings of a certain sterility and, in some places artlessness – nowhere more so than on this live album/DVD.

Read More

Meteora

We are treated to de rigeur vocal gymnastics from Chester Bennington and crunching nu-metal riffs from his band mates. But Meteora is curiously lacking in soul

Read More

The nu biggest metal band in the world

They may not be that just yet but if current plans for global domination go according to the script Linkin Park will be very soon. Stuart Clark travels to London to hear the band’s new album Meteora and finds that American rock’s hottest property are surrounded by the kind of security normally reserved for Michael Jackson

Read More

Somewhere I Belong

Read More

Reanimation

Releasing a record of remixes and guest vocals is - although artistically viable - a bit of a bloody cop out

Read More

Crawling

LINKIN PARK ‘Crawling’ [Warner Music]

Read More

Hybrid Theory

Well, what have we get here then? Oh. It's another nu-metal hip-hop-fused American band with two singers and colour coordinated hair. What novelty.

Read More
 

Advertise With Us


For information including benefits, key facts, figures and rates for advertising with Hot Press, click below

Advertise

Find us elsewhere