A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song is featured in the popular military-themed video game "Medal of Honor." The song is intense, talking about God, violence, and sins of our hands. There's no bad language or gory details, but the lyrics are too mature for younger kids.
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What's the story?
Linkin Park's passionate, war-themed anthem "THE CATALYST" is the lead single from their upcoming fourth album titled A Thousand Suns. Featured in a military-themed video game called "Medal of Honor," it's a passionate, synth-rock single that showcases an evolution from the band's earlier, nu-metal days.
Is it any good?
Although diehard LP fans may be surprised at the tamer sound of their newest single, "The Catalyst," the intensity of the music and band's flair for poignant lyrics is still there. Obviously, LP is trying to send a message, or warning, about the consequences of war and violence in this life and thereafter. The simple, repetitive lyrics drive home their intentions, and the infectious music lingers in your head long after the song ends.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the lyrics are simple, yet full of passion. What do you think the song is about? Do you think it's condoning violence and the military, or condemning it? How do the lyrics make you feel? What about the fact that this song is featured on a military-themed video game? Does that make you like it more, or understand it better?
Linkin Park is evolving its music, and with this song, introducing a different sound. Do you like the music and use of instruments in this song? Do you like it when bands change their music to fit the changing trends? Does it make them smart for adapting, or weak for selling out?
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