I gotta say that I've never seen the band being so proud and happy about one of their record. It actually would make me want to like it, but I guess I will have to pass this time In any cases, this just seems like the natural evolution for the band. THP really just was an odd event in the process. Mike probably always wanted to release a proper heavy record in their career. It could have been MTM, 2008 demos suggest it could have been ATS, and I guess, in the end, he just went on some spontaneous shit in 2013 and THP was born. Now that he got it out of the way, I cannot imagine them going back to a darker sound. The guys are some chill stable family guys in their 40's. Not your typical rock'n'roll stars. This is probably the start of more upbeat and happy Linkin Park.