My review of ATS

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    ana

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    ATS Pre-listening.

    We entered a room with chairs and a couch where obviously Mike and Phoenix will sit.
    They handed us wireless in-ear headphones so we could listen to ATS all on our own (the band wasnt there while we where listening to the album)
    I won't say too much about the songs because I dont want to spoil it but what I can tell you is that you are going to be shocked.

    Side Note: I couldnt clearly say when it was a new song, because they didnt pause to tell us the name and you hardly can hear it.

    #1:
    You can clearly say that It's a journey through an apocalyptical athmosphere and it's starting with a mysterious sound, similar to aliennoises and builds up into a keyboard play. This track is featuring a Choir and a female voice singing "Don't save us everyone, we are broken people living under loaded gun.." and ends with an original, digitally edited speech by Oppenheimer.

    #2:
    The second song begins with an heartbeat drum and is followed by a electric/pop guitar and Mike singing. The keyboard sounded like electro mixed with jazz elements and after that they sing "I'm loosing what I don't deserve" and the guitars fade out and you can only hear the keys and mike singing the end.

    #3:
    Starts with crickets and bombs in the background and later you can hear afican soldier marchsinging.
    There is a sudden break in the song and a heavy distorted guitar fades in (I've never heard Brad playing such heavy guitars before) and a heavy rap rythm drops in.
    Mike raps: "I'm not a robot, I'm not a monkey....."
    And on this Linkin Park record, you hear Mike saying motherf**** for the first time ever (2x in the song) and what comes after that swearing is a perfect part for the crowd to sing (Ohhh's in the rythm to the heavy beat -> sounds like soldiers preparing for war)
    It ends with chester singing: "When they come for me, I'll be gone" and the same african soldier marchsinging as the beginning (it also features some oriental music)

    #4:
    Starts with a Piano and Mike and Chester singing Ohhh
    The genre reminds me of Soundgarden, older rock style
    Chester singing "You say you're not gonna fight because no one's gonna fight for you"
    And on this song (and also on the whole album) you can hear synthesizer strings and a similar fast drum beat as on the previous songs.
    "Hold on to the weight of the world" is one of the main messages of this song.

    #5:
    Mike and Chester singing in another language (or english backwards) and followed by a guitar distortion and a drum beat in WID style.
    It builds up slowly and fades out into an empty space.

    #6:
    Rough Guitar Intro (repeats 4x) followed by single key notes and on this track Mike is rapping in a reggae style but still fitting to the guitars. Another break fades in where it calms the speed of the song down and chester sings: "Waiting for the end to come"
    A ballad tunes in and the whole song has a cruising (californian beach style) rythm )
    * A song you can actually dance pretty well to it in the club*

    #7: (WORST SONG)
    Its starts with a synth organ pipe and is underlined with a fast drumroll. This song reminded me of the 80th Pop style with the cheap synthesizer keys but the most shoking was chester rapping the song really fast and (to me) awful.
    And you think this song is going to be POP with Chester rapping, but in the chorus he screams his lungs out (Mike mentioned in an interview that he's loosing his mind)
    This song is really weird and disturbing because the pop/rapping (autotuned) by chester don't fit at all to these crazy screams.

    #8:
    When the guitar fades in, it reminded me of a electro-rock/trash song by Marylin Manson and the beat was dubstep like.
    And the song has a really fast speed but its being calmed down by mike singing in a soft voice "calm down" and it ends with another singing by Mike and Chester together.
    We all somehow messed the tracklist up but I can cleary tell you


    #10: Wretches and Kings
    Starts with a public speech (obviously from the WWII era)
    The guitar sounds very strange and the beats style is similar to the 2009 Lying From You Intro.
    Mike is rapping on this one and chester sings with a very dirty (similar to skindred) voice and its another perfect song for the crowd to sing. On this track Joe is really present.


    #11(must be wisdom justice and war)
    A very sad keyboard intro with a historical speech by Martin Luther King. An unknown male voice says "the end is near" and turns slowly (by effects) to an evil-like voice.
    (At the end you can hear MLK saying wisdom, justice and war)


    #12: Iridiscent
    Starts (again) with a piano to which mike sings in a sad voice (very emotional)
    Chester joins Mike to it and the beat is similar to a one republic song (marching on)
    -> To me it's a Pop Ballad (similar to SOTD) <-
    The song ends with a choir by the whole band.


    #13: Fallout
    (reminds me of the song Buddha For Mary by 30 Seconds to mars -> the beginning with the distorted voice)


    #14:
    The Catalyst.


    #15: The Messenger
    Very similar to Hero Of War by Rise Against
    Acoustic Guitar with chester singing: "When you feel you're alone, your instinct tells you to run.."
    (I marked that chester became angrier with his voice)
    The piano follows the acoustic guitar and chester repeats "Back home, where live/love keeps you blind...)


    I'm really sorry that I can't remember everything really well and that I messed up the beginning but it was really difficult to hear whenever a new song is played.
    About the guitar:
    The guitar is mostly in the background, and has a lot of effects (Flanger, Disortion) but sounds totally different from MTM, HT and Meteora. Sometimes the whole beat stops and you can only hear the guitar.
    About the singing:

    With this album you say that Mike is the lead singer, and chester just the second voice. Because most of the time they sing the songs together (30% autotune) and on only 1 song chester is singing all alone.
    About the album:

    This album is mostly a new Fort Minor album featuring Linkin Park record. The drums sound all electronic and hip hop like, there is a lot of different percussion (e.g bushdrums) and as I mentioned before Mike is much more present than Chester.
    Chester only screams 2x.

    My personal statement:
    This album totally blew my mind off. It doesnt sound like Linkin Park at all. If you carefully listen to all the remixes Mike has done (and also the intros of WID/Ambulance, LFY) you could compare this style to the new album.

    Linkin Park risks a lot with this totally different direction and fans will either love it or hate it.
    I do like it, and you cant tell the genre because it features so many. It sounds like:
    Soundgarden, Muse, Metric, 30 Seconds To Mars, Rise Against, Dr.Dre, Eminem, Pendulum, Dubstep, Electronica etc. etc.


    I hope this review didnt confuse you too much. It is really really hard to describe the new album and I can't compare it to a specific style.

    edit: You cant just put the CD in and listen to track 9 or 10. You actually have to hear it from the beginning on...otherwise you would be lost. The album is like a Map, Book, adventure...

    lenght: ~50mins
     
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    This is a concept album. I realize it isn't telling a story but I don't care. With what is written here I would still classify ATS as such. Of course I need to hear it myself to back this up lol.

    Thanks for posting ana good read!
     
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    #3 sounds epic. Thanks, Ana :)
     
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    Nice read. Thanx ana
     
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    Still would like to know those track lengths/how long it feels! Time will tell I guess. Bring on September 14th
     
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    thanks for the review.

    lol @ "I'm not a robot, I'm not a monkey....."
     
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    I'm really torn on reading this... I've taken a couple of looks... but I want to wait for the album as well... Ah hell from the parts I read I'm pumped!

    Thanks for the review Ana!
     
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    Thanks Ana, I really appreciate you taking so much time to review this here and on ustream :)
     
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    Thank you Ana, it's a good read. :)
     
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    I am excited as a Japanese school girl at a J-Bieber concert.
     
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    Thanks. It seems pretty good on the whole but I'm apprehensive about one or two things, like some of the lyrics quoted there and the mentions of more vocal effects. I suppose we'll see.
     
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    approx 50 mins
     
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    This was a good read, thank you. I'm a bit skeptical though about the presence of so many pop elements. So, Mike is rapping more, which should be good. Chester screams less, which should be bad. We'll have to wait it out. Btw, is the album shocking in a surprising way, or just that it's different from the usual Linkin Park sound?
     
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    Mike singing rapping more = good.
    Chester screaming less = good
    It's a Win/Win situation.
     
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    Good read. This really suprised me, I can't wait to hear it. Thanks ana!
     
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    #3 sounds like a dope song.
     
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    What happened to #9?
     
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    After reading this review (Thank you Ana!), I wouldn't say "pumped" is the feeling that I'm getting. I'm mostly curious.

    In fact, I'm very curious. These new sounds are going to completely change the face of Linkin Park. I just hope it's not as "Pop" as you describe. Mike mentioned in a UStream chat that "Pop" is definitely not how he would describe the album to be, and that this is the furthest thing from it.

    While I'm looking forward to the whole album, I'm now definitely intrigued by Robot Boy, Wretches and Kings, Iridescent, and The Messenger. Those are the descriptions that really piqued my interest.

    EDIT: I REALLY want to listen to song #7 too. It just sounds like it's all kinds of crazy. And I'm sure that in some weird way, I'll probably enjoy it.
     
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    epic ana. Nice Review.

    After Reading the Review i absolutley want to hear A Thousand Suns.....


    One question comes in my mind after reading your review ana...what's with the transitions? I thought Mike officaly said there will be "som" interludes....

    Which songs had "long" outros or intros?
     
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    thank your for the review ana, i`ll hope i win a slot for this friday in Hamburg ;) good read, makes me excited even more (if that is even possible :) )
     

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