Linkin Park: Crawling with Violence An evaluation of Linkin Parks lyrics

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Linkin Park: Crawling with Violence and Uniqueness

As people evolve, so does their preference in music style. Linkin Park music style combines rock, hip-hop and electric noise. They are also well known for their emotional, dark and edgy lyrics. The song Crawling off their album Hybrid Theory illustrates this. The lyrics and the music style are what sets them apart from the pack and is a good explanation for all of their recent popularity and attention.

If you have ever tuned into a top 40, rock, or hip hop station you are more than likely familiar with the lyrics, "crawling in my skin these wounds they will not heal". This is the opening line in the song Crawling, whose lyrics are written by Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda. "My walls are closing in...I've never felt this way before so insecure," also spitted from Bennington and Shinoda. They are often referred to as very dark and edgy.

In interpreting this song it's evident that the artist was trapped in pain and fear, suffering from pain and unbearable pressure. "Angst, anger and emptiness repeatedly wash over the listener,"said Bob Waliszewski of Plugged In in a music review over Linkin Park's album Hybrid Theory, "The Los Angeles band oozes frustration, confusion and hopelessness."

The band has been compared to Korn, Limp Bizkit and Godsmack lyrically and style wise. Korn has been known for starting the harsh extreme and edgy lyrics. Linkin Parks lyrics can be tied to Bennington's childhood experiences. He was sexually assaulted as a child by a family friend. Then in high school was mocked as a nerd and became entangled with drugs. For this reason Linkin Park claims that they write their songs so that their listeners can relate the lyrics to their own experiences. Maybe if the listeners...