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From the howls on debut single One Step Closer to the still incendiary vocals of his later years, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was one of rock’s most emotionally dextrous frontmen
Linkin Park emerged at the tail end of the late 90s’ landfill-grunge period, their crisp and confident melding of rap and metal a world away from the sloppy fuzz-worship of their peers. It was frontman Chester Bennington’s dynamic range that really pushed them ahead of the pack though, and on debut single One Step Closer they proved themselves immediate alpha dogs. Bennington’s brooding, increasingly maddened take on a fractious relationship built up towards the breaking point: a howl of “shut up when I’m talking to you”. The punchy, emotionally wrought middle-eight refrain would quickly become the consistent ace up Bennington’s sleeve.