Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has revealed their upcoming album The Hunting Party took a steep turn off course when he thought about the age he and his bandmates had reached.
Why LInkin Park weeded out their emo
Mike Shinoda changed tack on The Hunting Party - even though management warned him "it's a bad move"
The result is a guitar-focused heavier set of songs, which he describes as "more visceral" than 2012's Living Things.
Shinoda tells the Pulse of Radio: "We needed to weed out a lot of the soft, emo approach to our music. We needed to weed out anything that feels aggressive for aggression's sake.
"We're not 18-year-old kids making a loud record – we're 37-year-old adults making a loud record."
But that led to a backlash from Linkin Park's back room staff. An executive told Shinoda: "This music is going to have a real hard time living on rock radio. It's a bad move – we can't rely on a home run."
It didn't put him off, because he didn't want to become part of what he feels is a stagnating scene. "At a certain point I feel like that box had been checked and checked again," he says.
The Hunting Party is released on June 16 – just days after Linkin Park deliver classic album Hybrid Theory in full at this year's Download festival.