Trust me, the album isn't going to be full on nu-metal. Dave said it wont be metal in an LPU chat, Chester said it's not going to be "too metal", and Mike pretty much made it clear that Chester's comments were misinterpreted like crazy and the album isn't really metal, it's just the band comfortable in their own skin and not running away screaming from their old selves. So the way I take it is this...it's a combination of everything the band has learned so far, while still being fresh, new and not a re-treading of old ground. It certainly wont sound like ATS, but as Mike has repeatedly pointed out, it wont sound like Hybrid Theory either. I think it's going to be a strong record. Welcome to LPA . We are very open about ATS here, and many of us embrace the band's growth.