‘Leave’ing out all the rest : Chester Bennington

Half of the world was going to sleep and half of the world had just begun to wake up, when the news of the Linkin Park’s frontman Chester Bennington’s alleged suicide reprots shocked the media and the fans.Chester Bennington had made nu-metal , which was a blend of hard rock and hip-hop soothing to the soul.His soulfully indignant cries spoke to all those world-wide , who didn’t feel their own voices could be heard . There is something malevolent and taunting in his voice , a feeling amplified by his spernatural puppet-mastery of song craft. Hybrid Theory’s other major single, Papercut, may go down as their masterpiece. Bennington’s chorus – and the even more striking middle eight – acknowledges internal strife, but his defiant and anthemic delivery announces that these feelings can be voiced, understood and tamed. Those lyrics (“It’s like I can’t stop what I’m hearing within”) are of course now extremely poignant.Numb’s “All I want to do is become more like me and be less like you”, a koan for isolated souls . Individualistic, yes, but tempered by the innate communality of stadium rock. 

Bennington’s decision to sing clearly and openly was more radical than he is given credit for, and indeed more socially valuable. His cleanly articulated tales of emotional struggle gave millions the sense that someone understood them, and the huge sound of his band around him magnified that sense, moving listeners from the psychic space of their bedrooms into an arena of thousands of people who shared their pain.

Rest In Power mate , some of us owe our lives for ever . In the end it does matter !

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