When the first track from a band’s debut album gets added to major rock stations four weeks before its official release, it must be something very special. That’s the case with “One Step Closer” from Linkin Park’s first album, Hybrid Theory. Built on an aggressive hard rock foundation, flavored with hip-hop vocal stylings and electronic flourishes, as melodic as it is confrontational, with a strong lyrical message, Linkin Park is diverse and unique. It’s also one step closer to scoring an important debut album – and that’s not just theory. Recorded at NRG Recordings, North Hollywood, California. “Crawling” won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. Linkin Park originally called itself Hybrid Theory and has retained that phrase for the title of its debut album. The “hybrid” in question is one of rap and metal. The guitars and drums lock into standard thrash patterns, over which singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda alternate in furious expressions of rage and frustration. “One Step Closer,” the track released to radio in advance of the album’s release, is a typical effort, with lyrics like “Everything you say to me/Takes me one step closer to the edge/And I’m about to break.
|A2||One Step Closer||2:37|
|A4||Points Of Authority||3:20|
|B2||In The End||3:36|
|B3||A Place For My Head||3:05|
|B5||Cure For The Itch||2:37|
|B6||Pushing Me Away||3:11|