LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington recently spoke to MTV.com about the band's third studio album, due next year.
"We're going for the music that inspired us, rather than the nü-metal type of sound," he said. "We're ripping that out. It's completely gone."
In its place is a mix of punk and classic-rock elements with vintage hip-hop beats, the singer said.
"We've always been known for mixing a lot of different genres of music and not pigeonholing ourselves in one particular sound, but by doing so, we've kind of pigeonholed ourselves into our sound," Bennington said backstage at Saturday's Inland Invasion. "It sounds strange, but there's a common thread that people are going to expect, and we're trying to pull that out of the new music.
"We're straying away from a lot of the predictable sounds we've had in the past, but there's no question in your mind when you hear it that it's LINKIN PARK," Bennington said. "We've always said we write the music we write so that we can spread our wings as far as we want and try new things and go anywhere. I think we're really going to prove that with this new record."
Read more at MTV.com.