Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington believes that the band’s debut album, 2006’s Hybrid Theory “kept metal alive.”

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Bennington talked about fans approaching him to gush about his influence on them: “I met a kid a few days ago who said, ‘You were the first rock band I ever listened to’ and I hear that all the time. Every one of them was either, ‘Your band was my first record.’ Or, ‘Your band is the reason I’m playing music.'”

  • Bennington went on, saying that when the band played the Vans Warped Tour in 2014, they invited other artists to perform, every single artists “was either, ‘Your band was my first record.’ Or, ‘Your band is the reason I’m playing music.'”
  • He said that experience made him realize that “we were the band that people looked at in the way that I look at Deftones, Metallica and Stone Temple Pilots.”
  • Bennington added: “In my opinion we actually kept metal alive.” Linkin Park are currently working on their seventh album.


  • Do you think Linkin Park is on the same level as Stone Temple Pilots or Metallica?
  • Do you agree with Chester Bennington in that Linkin Park kept metal alive?
  • Are you excited for their seventh album?


  • Jake Proman wrote, “Chester Bennington is the Al Gore of metal… next thing you’re going to say is you invented the Internet.”
  • Jay Ellington wrote, “No Chester, you helped bring rap rock into the 21st century. For that, you should be teleported back to the 14th century and subsequently drawn and quartered.”
  • Elvin Rodrigues wrote, “Pink hair-metal.”