Meteora is exactly what Meteora was supposed to be. After hearing "Pretty Birdy" it's pretty evident that the band never had this abstract Hybrid Theory gone apeshit type record in mind. I honestly believe they wanted to continue their sound and keep establishing their band before they ventured off into new territory. You can play me all of these 2002 demos and go "oh this sounds so different but Warner forced them to make a profitable record" but i'll just laugh at you. Listen to "Pretty Birdy". Sounds the same as all of those demos. A crazy unique electronic loop and rough guitar work. They just wanted to clean everything up and make it sound better. Songs like "Cumulus" and "Program" sound very Linkin Park, but so does "Lying From You". That's why they are demos. They are rough sketches of songs that never were. They probably have rough sketches of "Lying From You" and "Don't Stay" that we may never hear, but if we heard those songs in demo form first you all would say "oh this Lying From You 2002 demo sounds crazy and different". Half of the fans on this boards are too blind to see that the band simply didn't want to do something different without standing their ground and establishing themselves first. If you cleaned up Halo, and through some vocals on there and sent it to Campbell there's a 95% chance it would blend right into Meteora and not be a stand out track. I'm denouncing all of this bullshit. Oh he made them rewrite "Somewhere I Belong" and handful of times? I guess he did the same for "Bleed It Out" too right? Yeah..thought so.