Linkin Park created a diverse music style with their music, making fans question whether they are a nu-metal band or not. Even though the late Chester Bennington claims the band not to be a metal band and instead just an expression of angriness and emotions, most of the fans say otherwise. Nevertheless, the band became successful in conveying emotions with their heavy riffs and melodies. In this list, we are introducing the 5 heaviest songs of the band that every nu-metal fan should listen to at least once.
5. ‘A Place For My Head’
Despite taking place on the same album with hits such as ‘In The End’ and ‘Crawling,’ the song makes its appearance in the list for its intense guitar riffs and one of the best screams of Chester during the breakdown of the song. Not only does the song convey emotions melodically, but the lyrics express frustration and feeling trapped, making it emotionally heavy, too.
4. ‘Don’t Stay’
A possible hit from ‘Meteora.’ With pounding drums and fiery lyrics, the 2003 track is an explosion of anger and discontent that showcases Linkin Park’s heavier side. The track involves more of a chunky guitar tone rather than the digital sound they used in their debut album.
3. ‘Hit The Floor’
Yet another one from ‘Meteora.’ With its heavy introduction to the song, it already tells the fans that the song is going to be heavy. Despite the popularity of ‘Numb,’ belonging to the same album, the heavy guitars and Mike Shinoda’s rapid-fire rapping create a frenetic atmosphere. The additional piano parts on the song help to give it a more emotional feeling, making it an impossible track to miss out on.
Although the track belongs to Linkin Park, their featuring with System of a Down’s Daron Malakian made a heavy addition to the song. The song’s epic guitar solos and Chester’s soaring vocals make it an intense listening experience. Sung in a lower tone, Chester gave the song more of a System Of A Down atmosphere that wouldn’t be noticed if Serj Tankian was the one to sing.
1. ‘Keys To The Kingdom’
This track is a sonic assault from start to finish. It opens with Chester’s screams, followed by aggressive guitar riffs and thunderous drums. Appearing as the opening track of the album, ‘Keys To The Kingdom’ is considered to be one of the best openings fans could ever hear, being one of the examples of Linkin Park at their heaviest.