Posts Tagged ‘chester bennington’

August 5, 2017

Tragic news of Chester Bennington’s passing hit the world hard. Many of us are still reeling from what happened and the painful reality of mental illness and suicide. It’s hard to believe that this incredible voice and talent has left us forever. The majority of our favorite artists, producers, and bands are all fans of Linkin Park, too. Some of them have paid tribute by recording remixes and covers, but I’ve found none as powerfully affecting and deeply stirring as this breathtaking cover of Linkin Park’s Shadow Of The Day by Portland chillstep/vocal bass duo Echos

Their dusky mournful, ethereal sprawling cover more than does justice to the Minutes to Midnight highlight, and its anguish and sadness seem more than heartfelt and sincere. Echo’s electronic cover brings us together, and as one, we grieve. Echos has given us a chance to heal, as well as reminded us we’re not alone. But we’ll never forget what Linkin Park and Chester gave us these past two decades. We carry that with us, in our hearts, in the new music we make or listen to, forevermore. As the cover ends, a soft tinkling melody instantaneously recognizable as In The End wafts gently into our ears. It’s a brilliant and exquisite addition that adds an extra layer of tender poignancy. 

Echos’ says of their cover:  “Like many of you, Linkin Park was one of the very first bands that we ever listened to. Hybrid Theory was the first album Tal ever owned. Memories of sitting in his room with his Sony Walkman listening to it repeat, it was the first album that got him through those difficult teenage years. It didn’t just inspire the music he would make but the type of artist he wanted to be – raw and honest. I used to steal my dad’s copy of Meteora just so I could blare it in my walkman on the bus each morning, mouthing every lyric as I slouched up against the cold seat. I felt like these poems were speaking to every part of my growing creative mind and I couldn’t get enough of them. Linkin Park shaped the way we write and create today and we wanted to create something that would allow us to grieve, reflect and heal. We recorded this cover in Tal’s apartment in two vocal takes and a couple of days of production as we wanted it to feel as intimate as possible in order to reflect what we were feeling when we decided to record it. We will be donating 100 percent of proceeds in coordination with Linkin Park’s team to a charity of their choice.”

You can stream Echos’ Shadow of the Day cover via Spotify, here.

July 21, 2017

I’m utterly torn up by today’s tragic news, and my aching heart sincerely goes out to Chester Bennington’s family, his friends, Linkin Park, and all their many fans around the world. Though I’ve drifted away from Linkin Park these past few years, seminal albums like Meteora and Hybrid Theory will always have a special place in my heart. They were very much a formative force in the development of my music tastes. I obsessed over remix album Reanimation, too. I can’t even begin to fathom how many times I listened to these albums. I have so many memories connected to Linkin Park, whether it was blasting their albums out of my old souped up Civic while hanging out with my BFF, or going to their shows and making new connections with fellow fans, some of whom are my closest friends today. We suffered a great loss today, and I can only hope that Chester is up there in the great big sky, hanging out with his buddy Chris Cornell, finding peace. I was fortunate enough to catch them together at Linkin Park’s touring festival Projekt Revolution back in 2008, and I shall cherish that memory for all eternity. 

It’s only proper that we take a moment to watch the new video for Linkin Park’s Talking To Myself, which happened to come out this morning before the sad news surfaced. The song comes off of Linkin Park’s latest full length, One More Light, which we now know is Chester’s final album. We lost one of the most remarkable voices of the 21st century today. He was a man who brought us together, in life and in death. Linkin Park has been loved by people from all walks of life, and from every corner of the world. Chester’s memory, and his legacy, will live on, bringing us comfort and helping us through our hard times, as it has for so many years. We’ll be singing, or rather… BELLOWING along to In The End, Crawling, and so many other Linkin Park classics in exultant joy, together, forever. Linkin Park’s album One More Light is available, here.

OFFICIAL VID: Linkin Park – Lost In The Echo

August 30, 2012

Linkin Park announced their brand new video for single Lost In The Echo off latest album Living Things, which, in my opinion, is one of their best out of the past few. They return to form in some of the songs rather than try too hard to experiment. Not to say the previous albums were bad, but they weren’t the great LP we loved in the early years. For Lost In The Echo, they decided to experiment in the video instead. It’s one of those interactive videos that require you to jump over to the official website for it and allow access to your Facebook posts. Below is the trailer for the video. Go here to actually check out the flash based interactive video:  I didn’t find the video all that impressive as not too much happens in it and the only interactive part is pulling a few photos from my facebook over. Maybe I missed something?

New Linkin Park

April 16, 2012

Burn It Down is the new song from Linkin Park that marks the beginning of a flurry of activity for a new album coming out in June. The new album will be titled Living Things, and you can already preorder it here. Stream the new track below. What do you think? It’s definitely a very Linkin Park traditional sounding song with Chester Bennington tearing up the vocals as always. I’m hoping the new album will be an improvement on their last couple, but I still love listening to them regardless.