By Jay Tilles
In comparison to their first official single from The Hunting Party, “Guilty All The Same,” “Rebellion” is faster, which is saying something. And unlike the album’s first three singles, Mike Shinoda does most of the singing, with Chester Bennington offering his patented scream toward the end of the track.
While some believed the band would latch on to the current dance music trend, Linkin Park took a different approach to this album with harder guitars and faster drumming. “It’s probably the hardest stuff he’s ever played on one of our albums,” Shinoda told Rolling Stone of drummer Rob Bourdon’s revved up approach. “He had to physically work his way up to it. He had to go running, lift weights, work with a trainer.”
“Rock music, even the most popular bands, they’re not really influencing the zeitgeist,” Shinoda told Radio.com. “It’s not moving the needle of pop culture. I don’t want rock to be pop, I don’t want rock to go out there like that. But I do want it to be exciting, and right now it’s… moderately exciting.”
Watch the lyric video for “Rebellion” below.