I took a two year break from the Linkin Park "fandom" soon after ATS released, but not because I grew out of them. I actually love ATS and thought it was really innovative - like Grammy worthy. So when I heard about Living Things this year, I started revisiting sites and reading articles to get updated on LP news. To my displeasure, I was surprised to find out that most of their fans hated ATS since the album was lauded by many critics early on before its release. Even more surprising was that it took several months to reach gold status in the US while MTM is 3x platinum. I understand the decrease in album sales because of the loss of fans from MTM, but I didn't think ATS would put even MORE people off. I was probably more pissed off at the ignorant fans at that point... But after getting over the inital shock, I was verrrry happy to see Living Things top the billboard charts over Maroon 5, considering the latter has gotten so much media exposure and radio singles nowadays. But with that said, Maroon 5's album is still in the top 10 while Living Things has fallen to the 20's... I fully accept the fact that change was necessary for the band since the first day I heard Meteora back in 2003 as a teenager. It was so watered-down and cookie-cutter compared to the albums that preceded it (HT and Reanimation). Even with the album's success, I didn't think the band would last too long by staying in that musical "box", but then again, they could've maintained success the lazy way like Nickelback (What I've Done and New Divide anyone?). I still don't think they've topped Hybrid Theory, but I strongly feel that their efforts in the last three albums have been highly under-appreciated by much of their former fanbase. They are still more relevant than the rest of the nu-metal bands today, especially comparing their situation to Evanescence who seem to have fallen off the face of the Earth with only their third album out. But the dramatic drop in their fanbase from MTM to ATS is really shocking. While the band members themselves, with the exception of maybe Mike and Chester, are nowhere near as technically talented as other huge bands who have maintained a long and successful career, I thought their gift for hooks, melodies, mixing of styles, and emotional connection would be enough to keep people begging for more... So does anyone else feel a bit let down by where the band sits in the music world today? I know many of you are going to tell me that commercial success shouldn't matter, but it hurts me more than it should when I hear people refer to them as has-beens. I know they are the most popular band on facebook with 45 million likes, but after reading some of the comments there, I'm pretty sure a great amount of those 'fans' only know or like their earlier work. Anyone else think they could've taken a different approach in their musical evolution? Maybe the evolution of the music world just didn't work out in their favor? Or would have sticking with the same signature style kept them relevant in many people's eyes? I hope they make a huge comback someday and regain their popularity, but judging how content the band seems to be in their current position, I don't know if that's possible. I do miss having LP on top. The amount of hate they get now is even worse than when they used to be the most overplayed band on the radio. I feel like banging my head against the wall everytime I see an article refer to them as a band from the "90's" instead of as current relevant artists.