Formed in 1996, Linkin Park is Mike Shinoda (rapper / keyboards / rhythm guitars), Brad Delson (lead guitars), Rob Bourdon (drummer), Joe Hahn (DJ), Dave Farrell (bass guitar) and Chester Bennington (lead vocals). Combining rock, nu metal and electronic elements in their music, Linkin Park has 3 studio albums and one remix album as of December 2008.
- Hybrid Theory (2000)
- Reanimation (2002)
- Meteora (2003)
- Minutes to Midnight (2007)
Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park
became one of the most successful acts of the early 2000s by welcoming elements of hip-hop, modern rock, and atmospheric electronica into their music. The band's rise was indebted to the aggressive rap-rock movement made popular by the likes of Korn and Limp Bizkit, a movement that paired grunge's alienation with a bold, buzzing soundtrack. Linkin Park added a unique spin to that formula, however, focusing as much on the vocal interplay between singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda as the band's muscled instrumentation, which layered DJ effects atop heavy, processed guitars. While the group's sales never eclipsed those of its tremendously successful debut, Hybrid Theory, few alt-metal bands rivaled Linkin Park during the band's heyday.
Drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, and MC/vocalist Mike Shinoda attended high school in Southern California, where they formed the rap-rock band Xero in 1996. Bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, singer...