I’m a huge Linkin Park fan.  Since the release of Hybrid Theory, I’ve followed their releases with huge anticipation, whether they be new studio albums, remix albums, live albums, DVDs, etc.  They’re a great multimedia band, and they are always willing to try new things…even if it means alienating some of their core fan base.  I know many fans of their original album who haven’t cared for their albums since (especially the most recent, Minutes to Midnight).

I’m not sure how I feel about their new single, “The Catalyst,” off of their forthcoming album A Thousand Suns.  Originally announced as a concept album, I’m not entirely sure if it’s still intended to be.  Listening to “The Catalyst,” it does feel like it could be a small part of a larger whole.  First time I heard the song, I wasn’t sure what to make of it – after repeated listenings, though, the song has definitely grown on me.  I look forward to seeing how it fits into the larger album, which I hope is more consistent than Minutes to Midnight, which just seemed to alternate between hard songs and soft songs for the entire CD, with very little flow to it.