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Most of the songs on Linkin Park's first 2 studio albums are the halves of a person with split personality disorder arguing with each other.
It applies to most of the songs - they're all ranting at an unspecified "you", and most of them feature lyrics including internal pain and self-harm. It doesn't work for all of them, but the ones with a clear rapping/singing dichotomy often seem to be addressing and ranting at each other. Even songs without this structure makes allusions to it sometimes ("Against my will I stand beside my own reflection" in Crawling, and basically all of Don't Stay). Figure.09 seems to be the flashback "Origin Story" of this disorder in the unnamed protagonist... and then "Numb", the final song to the 2nd album, is him finally overcoming the disorder and ridding himself of the "voice in the back of [his] head".
  • The Hybrid Theory EP features "Carousel", "And One" and "Part Of Me". They are all about people who for various reasons keep their feelings locked away. The other three tracks on the EP, "Technique", "Step Up" and "High Voltage" are from the perspective of tough hip hop guy who is very outspoken on his feelings and doesn't let people mess with him. "Carousel" features the stories of two drug addicts who can't face their own problems. The end of "And One" features a hip hop interlude where he alternates between confidence and fear, which could indicate the EP takes place in the mind of someone who is bipolar - looking tough on the streets but broken on the inside. "Part Of Me" features the guy going crazy from the clash between his states of mind and wishing he could just get rid of his worry entirely.

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That sort of makes sense.

The members of Linkin Park think they've been chosen to save the future of mankind.
Linkin Park's first 3 full albums were full of songs mostly centered on Chester's scarring past and teenage issues like being yourself and not fitting in. However, in A Thousand Suns, Linkin Park COMPLETELY changed their sound and the messages they were sending. All the songs were about nuclear war destroying everything. Part of "The Catalyst" even has the band yelling "GOD SAVE US, EVERYONE" It's possible that Shinoda had a revelation from God that we are going to destroy ourselves with senseless war, and that the band has to do something about it. Unfortunately, the only thing Linkin Park can do is make an album about it... but it's more than an album. It's a flat-out warning.
  • That doesn't explain Minutes To Midnight. They had a new sound and a few protest numbers on that album even before A Thousand Suns.
    • Minutes To Midnight did have a few protest numbers, but the whole album wasn't dedicated to war. Most of the songs were just about random subjects, such as "Valentine's Day" being about losing your lover and "Bleed It Out" being about the pain and misery in trying to write good songs.

The mysterious virus in the Australian version of the "What I've Done" music video is the T-Virus of Resident Evil fame.
The pharmaceutical company that created the virus looks suspiciously similar to that of the Umbrella Corporation, and the description of what the virus was supposed to do ("social control") certainly fits the destructive nature of the Ebola virus, from which the T-Virus spawned.
  • Wasn't the T-Virus reverse-engineered from the Mother virus, which was itself found in a dead queen ant?

"Bleed it Out" is a Stealth Parody of their first two albums.
Let's briefly analyze the lyrics. The opening line pretty much states that we've heard this before, highlighting their oft-used formula. There's a reference to "In the End" with the lyric "Doesn't matter how hard I try". Finally, then there's the line "Half the words don't mean a thing and I know that I won't be satisfied" which seems to call attention to their past wangsting.
  • "When They Come For Me" is definitely this - Shinoda knew that fans of the old stuff would skip to a track where he raps, so he made the lyrics about how stupid fans are to expect the same thing every time.

Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington were switching roles in "Blackout"
It's very possible this wasn't an intentional design, but still, think about it: Chester is more or less rapping for the first half of the song, and later Mike joins in with soft singing vocals.

"She Couldn't" wasn't kept out of circulation because of the High and Mighty sample.
It was done to sell the band as pure nu-metal. Their songs from 1999 fell into two categories: angsty nu-metal and cocky alternative rap. On Hybrid Theory however, the only overtly hip-hop track was "Cure for the Itch", which didn't amount to much more than a short interlude. Everything else on that disc was the introspective and easily marketable sound they became famous for.
  • This might be true, although they did release the entirely acoustic My December as a B Side not long after. She Couldn't is also an oddball because it isn't a song where Chester and Mike talk about something happening to them, it's a song showing compassion for someone else. It is likely that had the song been released as a single the band might not have maintained their momentum - proven true when they did start doing ballads for Minutes To Midnight, and many fans turned on them, saying they'd 'gone emo'.

There is some strange Linkin Park/Pokemon conspiracy going on.
Put another way, the nth Linkin Park major album release is always released within 30 days of the n+1th Pokemon RPG generation debut. Linkin Park is an American band, so the American Pokemon release dates (except for the last) count.
  • Hybrid Theory, Gold/Silver - October 2000
  • Meteora, Ruby/Sapphire - March 2003
  • Minutes To Midnight, Diamond/Pearl - Mid May/Late April 2007
  • A Thousand Suns, (Japanese) Black/White - September 2010
  • Living Things - June 26, 2012; Black/White 2 - June 23, 2012 (Japan)
  • Recharged - October 29, 2013; X/Y - October 12, 2013 (worldwide)

To boot, The ATS CD and DVD covers follow the same coloring and design scheme of the Black and White covers. Something is clearly afoot.
  • The Hunting Party doesn't fit this pattern, but it did come out very close to the Japanese release of Pokemon Art Academy. Maybe now they've decided to just put the release dates anywhere near anything Pokemon, rather than tying release dates to major installments.
  • A song in Reanimation sampled the first Pokemon movie, as well. Hmm...

The entirety of the band's songs are set in a Crapsack World. Specifically, they and the content of other bands are set in a chronological order.
Three Days Grace is first. The world has been all but conquered by The Empire, and all but the very rich elite suffer. There are many slums and ghettos, locked in by high walls. Three Days Grace's content chronicles the daily lives and struggles of the people of various social rankings in this hellhole. Many songs like Home, Animal I Have Become and Chalk Outline are very personal, but there are a few Protest Song's thrown in, like One X. Slowly but surely, tensions are heating up.

Linkin Park is part 2 of this story. Tensions are extremely high now, and protesters are openly clashing with police in the streets. Some civilians are trying to ignore the conflict; a bunch of them have their own fish to fry, after all (Crawling, Don't Stay, In The End, etc) but some are beginning to take up arms against the government (Rebellion, The Catalyst, Jornada Del Muerto). Things are getting ugly reaaaaally fast. Then the shot heard round the world happens...

Breaking Benjamin is part 3. There's no turning back now. The world is engulfed in an all out civil war. Many of their songs are from the perspectives of rebel fighters (Into The Nothing, Fade Away, Had Enough, I Will Not Bow, Unknown Soldier). For the hapless civilians on the sidelines, their lives are slipping through their fingers. War is stressful, and entire families are breaking apart, due to arguing, loss of homes or death (What lies Beneath, You, Breath, So Cold, Anthem Of The Angels, Diary of Jane, Angels Fall, Sooner or Later). Violent crime is also skyrocketing thanks to the chaos (Lights Out, Crawl, Water, Believe).

Disturbed is part 4, when the fighting gets really intense and nears a turning point. Pretty much all of their songs are Protest Song s; with the release of Immortalized, it seems the rebels are winning. Only time will tell, though...

Chesterís son Tyler grows up to be Tyler Joseph.

See that page for more.