Hey folks. Long time reader/lurker of the LPA - Figured I'd finally make an account. (Life story alert, watch out) Let me start off by saying that I've been a fan of LP since 01 when my friend referred me to the song "One Step Closer" whilst playing a round of Starcraft. He said it was a good "pump up" song... he wasn't wrong. Went out and bought Hybrid Theory the next day and I've been hooked ever since. I remember when watching the music video for "Somewhere I Belong" for the first time on MuchMusic. In my (young) mind, it was probably the most epic thing I had seen on TV at the time. Went out and got the album the same day. Never thought that LP could top their first album but they did. (At least in my mind.) The years that followed that, however, seemed to be a little luckluster. Barely /any/ information was being released about their next album. It seemed to be like they were delaying it by collaborating with Jay-Z with "Collision Course" but I didn't lose faith. Waited a couple more years until "Minutes to Midnight" was released. TBH I was really hyped for the album. "Oh, Linkin Park is going in a new direction? I wonder what it's going to sound like!" When "What I've Done" was released as a single, I was impressed - It sounded like Linkin Park, but at the same time ... it didn't. Didn't really know if it was a good thing at the time, but I liked the song either way. THEN I listened to the album itself. While it's a decent album, I was not impressed. While I applauded their intuitiveness, MTM (imo) was their worst album. (Even though I'm listening to it right now.) It seemed too generic, too simple. I loved Hybrid Theory/Reanimation/Meteora because there was so much going on; so many sounds, so many tracks within each song. I knew that Linkin Park was capable of so much more. Fast forward a couple more years. A Thousand Suns is released. At this point, I'm still blindly following/loving everything LP creates. Upon hearing "The Catalyst" for the first time, I literally said to myself: "Holy fuck." Now THIS is what I've been waiting for. ATS is LP's best release to date (Better than HT, HT:EP, Meteora, MTM etc etc.) because it's an album that wasn't afraid to break boundaries of what people thought LP /should/ sound like and is the result of hard working and evolving musicians showing what they can do while pushing aside limits and expectations. It was unique, different, amazingly written, atmospheric and it was fucking fantastic. Although you can never really trust articles like these, it really pleases me to hear that Mike/LP is considering/experimenting with the way they /use/ to make music. I cannot deny that LP are the masters of nu-metal. If they were to meld what they did with Hybrid Theory AND continue innovating like they have with A Thousand Suns ... Ladies and Gentlemen, we may just have the album most, if not all, LP fans have been "waiting" for. A matured, evolved and deeper Linkin Park that isn't afraid to break boundaries, but don't forget their roots, beginnings and inspirations. Either way, I can't wait for their next release. Wow, why did I just type all that. PS- I've never actually had a chance to see them live. The time's that they had previously come to Vancouver, I was too young. Here's to hoping this new album brings them back.