Linkin Park's pop-scented One More Light album has been a divisive development for some fans, and the band's aware. Recently Chester Bennington spoke on the fandom's intense devotion to the 2000 debut Hybrid Theory. "It’s fucking years ago," said the 41-year-old singer. "It’s a great record, we love it. Like, move the fuck on." (Corey Taylor: "You should probably be very, very fortunate that people this long along the line still love that music you made, that album that you made.") Now Bennington's doubled, tripled, probably even quadrupled down on that sentiment in an interview with Kerrang! Radio.
Working from a pack of more than 40 songs, Linkin Park created One More Light with no predestined genre, open to whatever, "as long as it’s the best song." When they realized they had "an album worth of these songs and we love them and they’re different," the band knew their rock-oriented fans may be perplexed. "I think my response," Bennington said, "was, ‘Cool, fuck them, we don’t want them as fans anyways.’ By now, if people don’t know that we can throw a curveball, then fuck them.”