IN MY REMAINS “Like an army falling, one by one by one” In My Remains is the second track featured on LIVING THINGS. Although the song was never released as a single, it reached #10 on the UK Rock charts and #83 in Germany, which tells a lot about the accessibility of this alternative/electro rock anthem. The song was originally titled “One Forty” as a demo. We have no official seeds or snippets from the demo, however early lyrics and deliveries can be heard on the Linkin Park’s official documentary Inside Living Things. Even Shinoda takes a stab at the track. It’s certainly an interesting peek into the world of Linkin Park’s writing. Watch the documentary below starting at 4:03 for the In My Remains section. Diving into the song itself, In My Remains seems to stem from several sources of inspiration. From the organic instrumentation found in Minutes To Midnight, to the intimate lyrics found in Bennington’s side project, Dead By Sunrise. The track even follows the quiet verse and “wall of noise” chorus formula that made the band such a nu-metal staple to begin with. All while delving into the electronics toyed with on A Thousand Suns. A concoction of piercing synths serve as a jarring introduction to In My Remains before a drowning wall of guitars flood into the scene for a quick main riff, alongside a hammering beat by Rob Bourdon. The crushing noise subsides for a brief verse by Bennington who passionately sings among booming drums and a weaving synth. The chorus is iconic Linkin Park featuring the head vocalist soaring in the skies with his range while the sea of guitars rage on creating a very powerful sound. Where In My Remains bounds for uncharted territory is in the solemn bridge where all falls silent, save for a lone piano and a thumping military drum roll. Shinoda rejoins the fray for a chilling refrain where he beckons the now classic “like an army falling, one by one by one”. Bennington returns to harmonize in the background as a synth rises until the anthem breaks loose again with Bennington taking the spotlight again over a wall of guitars. The song concludes humbly with the bridge’s atmosphere rekindling once again for Shinoda to sing one last haunting reminder. Examining the lyrics, the song could once again take on a bunch of interpretations. One interesting one would be a man who has passed on (hence the song title) with several regrets (promises never made). Perhaps his soul wishes to be laid to rest without the guilt so that the worst parts of him can be washed away. Taking the bridge lyrics into consideration, the victim could be a soldier who has lost his humanity to war, and would rather forget the traumatizing memories. In My Remains sadly had only about 15 minutes of fame live on stage. The song debuted on August 10, 2012 on the first stop of the Honda Civic Tour. It was clear that the band struggled with early performances of the song before finally hitting their stride, particularly Bennington when reaching for those soaring notes, and Shinoda during the solemn bridge. However, like with several songs in the band’s history, In My Remains soon became a solid anthem for the show, delivering a wall of energy. As hinted at above, the song didn’t last very long on the stage, vanishing completely by the end of 2012. Seeds of the song have however reemerged in Shinoda’s new rap medley in 2014. An interesting and controversial thing to note about the live version of In My Remains is the mixing. The main synth is nearly entirely drowned out in the album, however it is perhaps the most captivating piece of the chorus when performed live. Below is a stellar performance from the MTV World Stage in Monterrey: In My Remains was also performed acoustically for an LPU Summit audience in Camden, NJ on August 17, 2012. Below is the performance, backed only by a piano and the duo vocalists. The video is particularly chilling during the bridge when Mike asks the crowd to help sing. -------------------------------------------------------------- In my opinion I feel as though In My Remains blend of Alternative/Electronic rock and the vocal performances are superb. However the track in general is brought down by the generic wall of guitars that drown out the beautiful synths. The cookie-cutter structure also does the song no favours. The bridge deserved more time to grow and flourish with emotion to really bring an impact to that final chorus. It's a solid track, but only the tip of the iceberg in Linkin Park's repertoire.