Chester Bennington has left behind a very different world. Than the one before Linkin Park’s success at the turn of the millennium. The new genre of metal fused with elements of pop and hip-hop. Was growing in popularity throughout the 90s. Every generation has its struggles. But fans could easily identify with the themes and emotions. That were packed into the best-selling debut album of the 21st century.

Linkin Park’s interpretation of nu metal was very accessible for both seasoned metal fans and the broader audience. As well as millennials generally.  Acquainted with pop and alternative rock. One of Chester’s greatest talents and contributions to Linkin Park. Was his ability to switch vocal styles in a heartbeat.

Impacting a Generation

This, and alongside bandmate Mike Shinoba’s rapping. Cemented the uniqueness of Linkin Park’s sound. And made it the perfect ‘gateway metal’ for the uninitiated. As well as this Chester was able to voice his many personal hardships. Which involved physical abuse, bullying, substance abuse and mental health issues. These themes, although poignantly telling in the wake of his death. Were rallying points for a generation growing up with their own burdens and pain. Chester was a unique voice for a unique time. When mental health and isolation affected many. But such issues were still neglected in public discourse. Linkin Park’s music, like various bands before and after. (But few to such a degree.) Provided a voice for these underground emotions.

Although Hybrid Theory was their most famous and referenced work. Linkin Park continued with Chester as frontman until his death. They embraced many different styles. They cemented the rap-rock fusion. Also changed and broadened the evolution of music. Influencing both musical expression as a whole but also individuals and bands.

Although Linkin Park as we know it may be dead. The music lives on, and Chester’s impact will be felt forever.

George Millington