Collective devastation has flooded and chilled the soul of society as an exponential musical tragedy has plucked the heartstrings of rockers worldwide upon the news that Linkin Park lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, has joined Rock ‘N’ Roll heroes in heaven. If you’ve ever fallen into a belief system and expectation that happiness can be materialized, then I recommend to look dead into the eyes of the present reality fans and admirers of California Rock band, Linkin Park, are in the midst of accepting. Whether the backstory of a career cut short is a result of excess, temptations that are attached to the lifestyle of a rockstar, or societal pressures that come from the spotlight, hidden spells of depression are frequently shunned and dismissed. Chester Bennington has left the physical world at the ripe age of 41 years old, yet let’s celebrate the legacy that the human being has left behind.
Fresh out of the gates with a blazing ember in a fire beyond the nebulous of grungy rock, Chester Bennington and his Linkin Park comrades released their profoundly thoughtful and eclectic blend of technical effects and heavy songwriting over their 2000 debut album, ‘Hybrid Theory’, which sprouted the seed that unearthed a musical tree unlike any of its time. Taking risks and gathering sticks over massive world tours and experimentation with legendary artists such as Jay Z, Linkin Park went on to release their 2003 second studio album, ‘Meteora’, which is the most successful album in the history of Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The rest is history as Linkin Park gave us all somewhere where we belong and continuously shined a new light on exploration and connecting multiple genres to produce both massive, chart-topping hits and lyrically rich music that has stood the test of time and revealed an unmatched level of creativity beyond linear comprehension.
Over seven hypnotic studio albums, Linkin Park gave the 21st-century doses of reality in the form of music that served as healing agents and stone-cold serenity through dark and dire times. As one of the most innovative and distinctive musical acts of our time, Chester Bennington, and Linkin Park provided musical tools to promote shedding light upon our own first-hand vulnerabilities as the band’s ever-increasing success never served as a rush to the heads of the band’s member. Creating music that breeds connection, Linkin Park’s music carries feelings and memories attached to it that aided as solace in various scenarios and life situations. Though Linkin Park’s rockier edge attracted spectators of all cultures and walks of life, their emotive tracks such as “In The End”, “Pushing Me Away” and “Numb” were character builders that cast spells within the bones of listeners.
We owe it to our current and future selves and those battling in silence to come together through this alarming perspective and aid in the healing of those fighting inner battles behind closed doors. We lost a magician with the mic and one anguished heart. Rest In Peace, Chester Bennington.