Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington knows his group's last album A Thousand Sun was a little experimental. He promises a back-to-basics Linkin Park album this summer. NME reports via Kerrang:
"With this album, we've incorporated a lot of guitar work with big choruses and the heavier electronic stuff to give it that really big wall of sound feeling without getting too metal. This will be more familiar to people than 'A Thousand Suns' was, where we were like 'Fuck it, we're just going to go bonkers."
Bennington also admitted that the band had very consciously tried to "break out of the nu-metal box" on their previous two studio albums and they were feeling a lot more comfortable this time round.
He added: "Over the previous two records, we were trying hard to break out of the nu-metal box that we'd found ourselves in. It's very easy to characterise us as that based on 'Hybrid Theory' and 'Meteora', but we knew there was more to us than that. With the exception of the metal guitar tone we had on the first two records – which, I think is the reason that a lot of people really like the band – I feel like we've found a place where we've become in our skin."
The Used return with a new album, Vulnerable, on Tuesday. You've heard "I Come Alive" on 97X, but you can preview two more tracks on the interwebs. Punknews.org will point you in the right direction for "Put Me Out" and "Shine."
M83 plan to release an EP of their next single "Reunion" on May 8. You can find "Reunion" and "Midnight City" on M83's double-album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming out now. M83 will perform this Saturday at the mostly-electronic Ultra Music Festival in Miami.
Warped Tour 2012 is taking shape. Granted, not every band listed performs at every tour stop - but this summer we'll see some combination of these bands: The Used, All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, Anti-Flag, Falling In Reverse, Four Year Strong, Yellowcard, Streetlight Manifesto, We The Kings, Bayside, Every Time I Die, Senses Fail, and many others.
Finally, The Black Keys are no longer insulting Nickelback at every turn. Insults have given way to backhanded compliments. Stereogum reports via MTV:
MTV News asked the Black Keys if they were music snobs and Carney immediately starts talking about Nickelback. “I have a lot of friends and not one of them have a Nickelback record,” he says. But then he recants, kind of? “There are much worse bands than Nickelback.”