Hybrid Theory and Meteora were awesome. They were leaders in the nu-metal sub-genre. They have struggled to put together a great record and improve as a band. We fans have always given them the benefit of the doubt but there comes a point where we need to confess that the band just isn't very good anymore--and it's not entirely because the sound isn't nu-metal. After the golden age of LP with HT and Meteora, we got to see what their capable of creating as a band outside of that sub-genre and it's been largely inconsistent. They pride themselves on their ability to fit into any genre, but it doesn't work and that's why none of their albums are critically acclaimed and their reputation is going down with each album. A great band can make you love every song on an album. Linkin Park makes you think WTF is this song doing on this album i.e. You can't have a track like Good Goodbye if you're going to do a folky track like Sharp Edges to close the album---it destroys the cohesiveness and ebb & flow of the album. I just don't think this band is capable of putting together a GREAT album outside of the nu-metal genre. After watching the Linkin Park reacts to Teens React to Linkin Park video. It's very strange and alarming to me how out of touch Mike is with what made Linkin Park so great from the onset and broke them into the mainstream. He's ashamed of the One Step Closer video, he thinks making any song that sounds like Hybrid Theory or Meteora would be cringe. On that point, Chester shared the same sentiments in the "nu-metal" version of Heavy video where he said it would "fucking suck". They've completed abandoned all energy and moment from Hybrid Theory and Meteora and started fresh instead of evolving. In my opinion, it's that energy that allowed them to create Breaking the Habit which to this date is better than anything they've put out after Meteora. However, that song was an evolution of nu-metal LInkin Park. That's real growth. Everything after that has been an identity crisis. My expectation for the band has always been evolution. There was this energy to Linkin Park that has nothing to do with screaming, guitars, and rapping. There was this sense that they were going to "bring it" but it's gone and fizzled out. It's like a great athlete whose past his prime and is a shade of his former self. It's all gone. I suppose i've grown out of this band in my late 20s. There's just so many great bands out there who are consistent ( not consistently making the same songs, but consistent with putting out great albums) to listen to LP all of the time---which used to be a thing. It was a good run. See ya.