Album Review: “The Hunting Party” from Linkin Park

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(PCM) I have to say that I was absolutely giddy after listening to the new album from Linkin Park and all I will thinking while listening to “The Hunting Party” is Linkin Park is back…they are finally back! Without a doubt this is a rock record and I, for one, was thrilled to see the band ditch the overly-processed sound of their last two albums and really return to their roots.

Found within “The Hunting Party” is an absolutely stellar mix of punk, rock, rap, and heavy metal all brilliantly executed and chock full of raw power and aggression. It is truly the most in-your-face album that we have seen from Linkin Park in quite some time and after listening to the tracks that make up “The Hunting Party” you will be left with no doubt that, that aggression was more than ready to be unleashed.

The album’s opening track “Keys To The Kingdom” sears the listener with an electric jolt to the senses and nicely sets the pace for what is in-store for the rest of the album. Linkin Park started things hard and heavy with “The Hunting Party” and I was thrilled that the album never really seems to lose any steam from start to finish.

The track I am probably most impressed with is “War” where the band tackled the punk rock sound and attitude flawlessly. Another high-note from the album is the track “Mark Your Graves” where vocalist Chester Bennington truly showcases his range as a singer.

The new album also features quite a few guests which is a first for Linkin Park and they include Helmet’s Page Hamilton on “All For Nothing”, System of A Down’s Daron Malakian on “Rebellion” and Tom Morello on “Drawbar”.  All of which do a fantastic job adding in a bit of their flavor to some absolutely fantastic tracks.

It is amazing that with “The Hunting Party” being Linkin Park’s sixth studio album that the band certainly still have some surprises up their sleeves. Anyone who ever doubted that Linkin Park can still rock really needs to check out the the new album as I assure you their rock n’ roll spirit is very much alive and well. The band claimed that with “The Hunting Party” they were on the “hunt” to bring back the energy and soul to rock music. All I can say is…mission accomplished boys!  You nailed it!

Check out Linkin Park’s latest music video for “Until It’s Gone”

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Sébastien Parentin Moves Into The Limelight With New Single “We Are”!

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(PCM) Emerging France-based artist Sebastien Parentin steps into the limelight with an unmistakable aura of determination and musical prowess. His latest single “We Are” traces familiar musical structures with a technical hand to paint exhilarating atmospheric tracks, with a piano-driven tapestry and stylistic echoes to Coldplay’s earlier works.

Sebastien’s talents have landed him various achievements and well-deserved notability: he was selected as a finalist in the 2010 Artist Forum and 2012 Unsigned Only music competition, placed in the top ten for the 18th Billboard song contest, as well as in the March 2013 Songwriter Universe best song of the month.

Although graced with impeccable musical techniques, the singer-songwriter is not without a unique touch; Sebastien makes use of captivating swells and navigates through many layers of melody and harmony to communicate with his listeners. Sebastien’s vocal work also resonates a calmness: it’s controlled, cathartic, but most importantly, it complements the musical arrangements.

Keep up-to-date with Sebastien Parentin: 

http://www.reverbnation.com/sebastienparentin

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sebastien-Parentin/167448216644263

http://www.jango.com/music/Sebastien+Parentin

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Exclusive Interview With Tech N9ne

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(PCM) Tech N9ne will be releasing his Strangeulation (Collabos) LP next Tuesday, May 6 and let me just say it is nothing short of amazing. After having a chance to check out the new LP and see Tech N9ne live during his recent tour stop at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA, I feel that Tech N9ne is an absolute breath of fresh air within an industry that has gotten a bit stale. His no holds barred honesty and commentary about the industry is refreshing and it is my sincere hope that people will open up their ears and listen.

The independent rap superstar has also just dropped the first video from the Strangeulation (Collabos) LP for “Over It” which featured Ryan Bradley. The song and video for “Over It” give a glimpse of the overall concept for Strangeualtion. You can view the video here.

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The 21-cut Strangeulation features the entire Strange Music roster, including recent Strange Music signee, MURS, the independent rap pioneer who makes his first appearance on a Strange Music release since inking with the independent music titan. Since the signing, MURS and Strange Music labelmates ¡Mayday! announced they will be dropping their collaboration LP ¡MursDay! on June 10.

I recently had a chance to catch up with Tech N9ne prior to his Philadelphia concert to chat about Strangeulation, his thoughts and comment on the music industry, the up rise of social media, Google Glass and much more!  You can view our full interview below:

Videographer: Pete Towe
Photography: Mike Sievila

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