Linkin Park rehearse A Place In My Head demo in 1999

    When Linkin Park unleashed squillion-selling debut album Hybrid Theory onto an unsuspecting public, it changed rock music forever. As well as being the biggest-selling rock album of the 21st century, it also presented a new peak for the overflowing nu metal scene, confirming its biggest ever graduates and consolidating the genre as the most mainstream-dominating thing metal had ever produced. 

    Over two decades later, its impact remains immeasurable. Sonically, the production on classics like Crawling, One Step Closer and In The End sounds as vital and cutting edge as it did in 2000, and the album’s influence on countless rock and metal bands remains fully present – check out our recent piece detailing 10 songs that show nu metal is alive and well for evidence of that. 

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