Not suitable for hardcore rockers

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 May, 2007, 12:00am

If you are a fan of Linkin Park, Minutes to Midnight will come as a surprise - you will either find it fresh and interesting, or totally disappointing.

Their new album pushes the band's boundaries to the limit.

The Californian nu metal band worked for 14 months and wrote more than 100 demos. They have tried to add as many new elements to the album as possible.

The result is a mix of rock and everything else. There are heavy metal numbers like Given Up and Bleed It Out, as well as slow, less heavy rock ballads such as In Between and In Pieces. There is also a bit of rap in Hands Held High.

What I've Done is the best song on the album. It is a bit slow for punk music but the lyrics are deep and it has a head-bopping chorus.

Given Up promises to be another hit, as the band display their regular nu metal style, thus appealing to their established fans.

The variety on this album should attract a broader audience. It also reflects the band's attempt to evolve.

But for hard-core metal fans who enjoyed the band's previous releases, the new album is too bland, and hints that the band may lose its uniqueness and become just another generic rock band.