Chester Bennington wants folks to embrace a new chapter.

If you thought that Linkin Park’s latest musical chapter was an attempt to gain some commercial or monetary value, then lead singer Chester Bennington has a few words for you: “Stab yourself in the face.”

It’s a harsh response to the critcism the band’s received for their latest wave of tracks, including “Heavy,” “Battle Symphony” and “Good Goodbye,” but a necessary pushback if they’re going to try and grow. In a new interview in promotion for their upcoming LP, One More Light, Bennington told Music Week that everyone is allowed to feel the way they feel about their new music unless they’re questioning the band’s intent.

We were asked, ‘What do you think of people who say you sold out?’ I don’t care. If you like the music, fantastic. If you don’t like it, that’s your opinion too. Fantastic. If you’re saying we’re doing what we’re doing for a commercial or monetary reason, trying to make success out of some formula… then stab yourself in the face!

Later in the interview, Bennington was put on the spot when asked why the group decided to move on from the sound of Hybrid Theory, their debut LP that went on to sell over 10 million units in the United States, and his message was crystal clear. “When we made Hybrid Theory, I was the oldest guy in the band and in my early ’20s. That’s why I guess I’m like: ‘Why are we still talking about Hybrid Theory? It’s f**king years ago. It’s a great record, we love it. Like, move the f**k on. You know what I mean?”

As we’ve recently witnessed with Lady Gaga, it’s sad that we can’t let artists explore other avenues of their artistry, particularly when that means leaving the beloved sound of their past in the past. However, with that said, we can’t say that we click with this new era of LP as much as we did with their older material. As Chad said, maybe we have to just try harder to “move the f**k on.”

One More Light drops on May 19 via Warner Bros.

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