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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"

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.

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.

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