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  1. Lucas gave reputation to MU_BeastMode in RIP Chester Bennington   
    I feel like the tone of One More Light got very dark in light of today's news. 
  2. Lucas gave reputation to American_Idiot in RIP Chester Bennington   
    When my wife texted me the news this afternoon, I froze. I didn't want to look up from any sources if this was true. Linkin Park would likely be in the Top 20 of my favorite all-time bands and "Hybrid Theory" and "Meteora" might also be in my Top 20 albums of all-time. When I first saw the video for "One Step Closer" in 2000, I knew these guys were something special and would have a hell of a career. While the band took a bit of different direction with this new album, I respected them for that trying something new. A huge reason of why I'm a big fan of theirs is because Chester and Mike always changed things up on every release. They're both extremely talented being musicians, performers, and songwriters, so I've always admired them a ton in the industry.  
    This has hit me harder than Cornell and Welland. I grew up in the 90's and was a fan of all of their bands and projects, but Chester as a musician meant a lot more to me personally. His voice and range were incredible. I don't know what this means for the future of the band. I can't imagine it will ever be close to the same to replace him. I've been lucky to have seen them live twice in my life. My heart goes out to his family. We really really need to focus more on preventing depression and suicide as we've seen how serious of a issue it has become in the music world and beyond as of late.
  3. Lucas gave reputation to Matt in RIP Chester Bennington   
    Been jamming to this masterpiece all day. 
  4. Lucas gave reputation to pen in RIP Chester Bennington   
    I have mixed feelings on the current conversation as I talked with my mom about this a little while ago and she feels suicide is a cowardly act, but I think that's because we're used to seeing suicide in terms of people using it as an out or an escape instead of finding the help they need.
    But if there's someone who is being helped or trying to get help who just reaches a point where the depression is so crippling that they believe fully that suicide is the only solution for themselves, or worse, for their loved ones... what then? How do you help that? I've been low before but I can't imagine ever feeling that low.
    I think it's also that whenever we lose someone we care about, one of the steps of grieving is passing the blame, and in the case of suicide, there's really only so many people who can be blamed. It's easy to think that if someone only thought of the people who loved them, that they'd change their mind, but you guys are right in that it doesn't work that way.
    I dunno, it's such a complex issue. And it's a shame we'll never really know why Chester or Chris killed themselves. Their families and bandmates will never get that closure. Their fans will never understand the reasons why. Head isn't wrong when he talks about setting examples and people who turned to Linkin Park to ease their own depressions may be disheartened by Chester losing the fight.
    Honestly, the whole thing just makes me upset. I remember Linkin Park was the band that really sold me on heavier music. Up until Linkin Park, I was listening mainly to bands that crossed over on pop stations or the odd rock band I'd hear at my high school, but I never listened to Korn or Godsmack or Slipknot and never considered them until Linkin Park became a gateway for me to that world.
    I still remember hearing Crawling for the first time, walking to the TV to watch the video, and scrambling to the internet to figure out what the hell I just witnessed. Linkin Park will always be one of my favorite bands and I only hope that the remaining band members find some way to carry on, as monumentally difficult as I'm sure it will be.
  5. Lucas gave reputation to Andrew in RIP Chester Bennington   
    They're one of the few bands of their era that had an undeniable influence on rock music.  I'd be stunned if they have to wait long.  Hybrid Theory alone gets them in because it was most likely the biggest rock album of the 2000s.
  6. Lucas gave reputation to pen in Theory of a Deadman - 'Wake Up Call'   
    Eh. The lyrics are dumb, but Savages was a step back in the right direction and I'm hoping this album continues that thread, even as they continue to pander to the lowest common denominator.
  7. Lucas gave reputation to Kalt in Theory of a Deadman - 'Wake Up Call'   
    I sure do miss 2000s TOAD.  :/
  8. Lucas gave reputation to kyle1020 in Fall Out Boy - Mania   
    Fall Out Boy has long been one of my ten favorite bands, often traversing within the realm of top five and, depending on my mood, even sliding into top 3. I have loved watching this band evolve through the years as artists in no small part because of how it has mirrored my own mental and emotional evolution as well. Consequently, I have enjoyed each of Fall Out Boy's releases for one reason or another. With all that said, however, I must admit that when I first heard "Young and Menace" and "Champion," I felt a little deflated because it felt like the band I loved had left behind the elements of their music which I cherished the most, namely Patrick's expressive vocals and Pete's unique lyrics. It was struggle for me to listen to the tracks again because I felt torn between my desire for the band to pursue their own artistic vision and my desire to have more of the type of music which I personally enjoy and expect from them. 
    But I actually quite like these two tracks now. Reading Pete's annotations of "Young and Menace" ( really helped me understand what the band was trying to do with the song. Now, I am quite excited to hear the album in its entirety. 
  9. Lucas gave reputation to Green Baron in RIP Chester Bennington   
    Still can't believe both of them are dead... if you told me this four months ago, I never would have believed you
  10. Lucas gave reputation to Chris. in Our Last Night- 'Selective Hearing'   
    One of the best songs in the EP
  11. Lucas gave reputation to NinjaNick101 in Ded - 'Mis-An-Thrope'   
    It's out and about. 
    1. Architect
    2. Anti-Everything
    3. Dead To Me
    4. FMFY
    5. Remember the Enemy
    6. Disassociate
    7. Rope
    8. Hate Me
    9. I Exist
    10. Inside
    11. Beautiful
  12. Lucas gave reputation to Koldes in Nothing More // The Stories We Tell Ourselves   
  13. Lucas gave reputation to Koldes in RIP Chester Bennington   
    Was just going to say something similar as you guys - Hybrid Theory came out right as I was entering high school, it really was one of the first bands to give me a love of rock, and help me through my formative teenager years. Now I really know how people felt when they had their Elvis, their Prince, their Cornell die. I was always sad for them but it never truly hurt me like this does. 
  14. Lucas gave reputation to Green Baron in RIP Chester Bennington   
    This feels different for me because Chester was a voice of my generation. Whereas I still loved bands like Soundgarden and Stone Temple Pilots, they were very much clearly "90s" bands that belonged to Generation X, making most of their music before I was born. They were the elder statesmen of alternative rock that had already defined themselves as anthems for people who grew up in that timeframe. Linkin Park, as a 2000s band, was always one that fit in with my age group, perhaps the most popular rock band of the decade, and one who, as clichéd as it sounds, connected with people my age and younger. The people I talked to who like alt/rock music, and even some who wouldn't call it their favorite type of music, knew and respected their biggest hits. "In the End". "Numb". 552 million views for "Numb" on YouTube, one of the top five most viewed rock videos in history. I've said this before, but "Numb" was the first song I ever loved. I heard it in the April of 2004, when I was on a plane and I was bored and I listened to my dad's MP3 player. "Numb" was the one that I loved the most, and I played that damn song over and over again. The worst part was that I didn't remember the title of it, and it took me years to find out what that one magical song was. When I heard it again, I instantly knew that was the song. The first few seconds came back and I remembered, that was the song. They were the first band with screamed vocals that I enjoyed, and it played a role in changing my mind from me despising heavy music to me appreciating it. They were undoubtedly a gateway band, but their best songs still hold up today.
    When I was 12, I had a dream that Mike Shinoda had died, and it was on the news. It wasn't a nice feeling, but I got over it quickly. I'm reminded of that dream today because after it happened, I told myself, I won't have to worry about that for another 30 years. Someone once told me that you know you're getting old when the celebrities from your childhood start to die out. I just didn't expect it to happen this early.
  15. Lucas gave reputation to Andrew in RIP Chester Bennington   
    'Back Into Your System' was my first, but 'Hybrid Theory' was my second, and ended up being way bigger into my musical growth.  I grew up listening to Garth Brooks, *NSYNC, and Heart.  I still remember turning on the little ol' boombox in my room and hearing "Papercut" for the first time.  That rocked me like you wouldn't even believe.  I must've worn grooves into that album.  I loved Linkin Park.  I still do, every thing they've done.  Sure I could have lived without Hunting Party, I guess, but I also loved that they chased whatever dream they were having at that particular moment, and I hope the rest of the guys will continue to do that in Chester's stead.
    I loved Soundgarden and Audioslave, but this is on a whole nother level for me.  Chester is attached to so many memories.  Spinning those grooves into Hybrid Theory, debating the merits of Minutes To Midnight in high school Newspaper class, falling deeper and deeper in love with A Thousand Suns as Linkin Park changed at the same time I did, picking up Living Things at Target and blasting "Lies Greed Misery" as high as it would go when it first came on, hearing my girl Kiiara on an LP song and being so proud of her and of them for finding another great way to experiment.
    I'll miss him, and I'll miss this band, because I can't imagine they go on without him.  They're all-timers, and I hope the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame comes knocking on their doors when the time comes.  Chester deserves that much.
  16. Lucas gave reputation to xeph in RIP Chester Bennington   
    I think I speak for many people on this site when I say that my love for heavy/alternative/weird music was sparked by LP. I only knew like, Bob Seger or whatever my parents had on the radio before I discovered "Crawling" on some baseball video in the early days of Youtube. Then from there I discovered Rise Against, my first favorite band, and then eventually everything else that I listen to these days. So the way I've experienced music over the years would be totally different without Linkin Park. As long as I've been a fan of music, they and Chester have been there, playing shows or making new music. Even if I didn't always like it, they were always there. It's almost too strange to think that won't be the case anymore.
  17. Lucas gave reputation to Omar in RIP Chester Bennington   
  18. Lucas gave reputation to Chris. in Sevendust + Rise Records = Profit!   
    Looks like Michael "Elvis" Baskette is producing too, which makes me very excited. He's done every single Alter Bridge record, except the first I believe.
  19. Lucas gave reputation to pen in Kid Fucking Rock   
    More like Greatest No On Earth, am I right? 
  20. Lucas gave reputation to NinjaNick101 in Kid Fucking Rock   
  21. Lucas gave reputation to xeph in Kid Fucking Rock   
    that's what I said this morning as I dug my fingernails into the steering wheel when my passenger reminded me he's running for Senate or whatever
  22. Lucas gave reputation to Ruiner in Kid Fucking Rock   
  23. Lucas gave reputation to xeph in MM2017 Round 1, Set 16: Jimmy Eat World vs. Bayside   
    Bayside are fine but Integrity Blues is the best JEW album since Futures. No contest
  24. Lucas received reputation from NinjaNick101 in MM2017 Round 1, Set 13: Bastille vs. Letters From The Fire   
    The deed is done.
  25. Lucas gave reputation to heldjc in New Ghost Atlas   
    This is phenomenal.