Battle Symphony (One More Light Live)
Label: Warner Records
Recorded in the months just prior to Chester Bennington's tragic suicide, One More Night Live feels like last call for one of the alt-metal era's definitive bands. Their energy is explosive--obviously. But what's also apparent is the sheer breadth of their sonic vision. After all, here's a group that has no problem encompassing both melodic rock riddled with electro-pop hooks ("Talking to Myself") and mosh pit jams hurling out raspy howls and razor riffs ("Bleed It Out"). In fact, Linkin Park sound totally in their element when making such daring, even controversial leaps. Another thing to watch out for is the darkness creeping through Bennington's lyrics. This, of course, is hindsight, but it's near impossible not to see a ballad like "Crawling" (which first appeared on 2000's Hybrid Theory) as some kind of cry for help that no one ever heard. Seriously, it's downright chilling when the vocalist cries, "Crawling in my skin, these wounds they will not heal. Fear is how I fall, confusing what is real."