Hmmm.. Did Linkin Park decide to change? Yes Did Linkin Park write the album? Yes Are you a fan that refuses to recognize anything other than nu-metal as Linkin Park? Yes. It appears so. Is it Linkin Park's job that stick to the same old boring formula for every album and never evolve just to appeal to people that are stuck in the past? Doesn't seem like it. All signs point to M2M being Linkin Park, and you being a naive fan that refuses to accept change.