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Linkin Park's Chester Bennington: 'A Thousand Suns was bonkers'

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Linkin Park's Chester Bennington has revealed that the band's next album will have a more "familiar" sound.

The band are currently working on their fifth studio album in Los Angeles, which is expected to be released in the summer.

Bennington described their last effort A Thousand Suns as "bonkers" while giving an update on their latest album.

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"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," he told Kerrang.

"This will be more familiar to people than A Thousand Suns was, where we were like 'F*ck it, we're just going to go bonkers'."

The frontman added that the band had been attempting to lose the 'nu-metal' tag of their first albums.

"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," he said.

"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."

Bennington also revealed that the lyrics and theme of the new album will not be political in nature, saying: "We've been writing a lot about relationships.

"We're not a political band, we're a socially minded band. We try to look at things that we find in the world that we'd like to see more of, or that we'd like to see less of."

The singer revealed in September that he was pleased with the progression of the new album so far.

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