Chester Bennington Says Linkin Park “Not A Metal Band”

No shit

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Well, duh!

I’m at least glad those dudes are self-aware.

Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas recently sat down with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington for the “Metal Hammer” radio show on TeamRock Radio.

Asked if he gets bummed by the criticism from some of metal fans who say the band’s false.

He says:

“It doesn’t hurt, because I don’t think we’re a metal band either. That was actually something that we kind of intentionally wanted to make clear from the very beginning when we were kind of tagged as a ‘nu metal’ band. Not that we have anything against metal. It’s like a facial expression, or like an emotion. It’s like someone saying, ‘He’s an angry person.’ And you’re, like, ‘I can be nice. I can be loving and I can be sensitive.’ That’s kind of how we feel about ourselves with our music. We aren’t just one thing.

“So there are elements of the band that are metal, there are elements of the band that are pop, there are elements that are electronic, and hip-hop as well. And we’ve kind of always felt like we weren’t bound to just one genre. So after we made ‘Hybrid Theory’ and ‘Meteora’, we really wanted to take risks beyond what we had already done on those first two records, creatively, and show the world that we can do a lot more than just make nu-metal songs.”

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