Hardcore has always been a very fickle genre of music to listen to and describe. It has become overrun with so many different influences that nowadays it’s pretty difficult to discern what is hardcore and what is considered something else. While we should not get into technicalities, No Vale Nada…
I’ve found the biggest thing that can impact your time at work—aside from a positive mindset (but who wants that anyway?)—is music. To have something good to listen to, that’s not just mind-numbing “muzak” makes any job not only doable, but even maybe a little fun. Here’s some stuff that I recommend, if you have the ability to listen to your own music while on duty (if not, just imagine the songs in your head, I guess):
Linkin Park exploded onto the scene in 2000 with Hybrid Theory, an album which would become a hit of monolithic proportions as it enjoyed enormous commercial success, and a fair amount of critical success to go with it. Their 2003 follow-up Meteora continued in much the same vein, and was also received reasonably well. However, 2007’s Minutes to Midnight marked a significant turning point for the band and for its fans. In a move which sparked a significant backlash among their fans, the band moved on from their nu-metal roots and adopted a more experimental, alternative rock sound. Fans cried of how the band had sold out, abandoned their roots and gone soft, whilst music journalists branded it bland and a failed U2 rip-off. That being said, it’s now time to begin our defense of Linkin Park’s most underrated album.
Technically, I’m cheating. Votum has already been featured on the blog. However, the rule that states that these Hey! Listen to This posts should feature completely new bands has always been loosely defined. After all, we covered them previously in 2011! It stands to reason that many of you have never read that review. And, even if you did, it wasn’t very favorable and with good reason. Their previous material is a bit weak compared with the quality of music they’re pushing nowadays. Earlier this year, in February to be exact, they released :Ktonik: and it’s a major step upwards for them. Thus, the time is ripe to refresh your memory about these guys and the solid, moving and progressive metal which they make.