Linkin Park were originally called 'Hybrid theory' but had to change their name due to another band already having an identical name. Hybrid theory is an incredible album! This band are hugely talented and it shows throughout the mix of songs. They are definitely the best band of the Nu metal genre and this debut album is 1 of the best debut albums I have ever heard. I bought this album after Minutes to midnight and I wasn't sure about the band at that point because I loved Meteora but after hearing this album I fell in love with the band all over again.
The band are talented musicians but instead of a straight-forward metal sound the band mix it up with Joe Hahn on turntables and have little electronic beats and clever pieces. That's what makes them unique.
The singles from the album are fantastic; Papercut, Points of authority, One step closer, In the end and Crawling (my favourite with its soft verses and powerful chorus). The rest of the songs are also strong, powerful, deep, emotional and aggressive numbers that are easy to relate to. My favourite non-single being With you. Chester's an incredible vocalist and really shows it off on this album with screaming vocals and soft, melodic singing. Mike is a pretty great rapper and the mix of the 2 is perfection! The songs are pretty intense and really move you as a listener.
This is Linkin Park pretty much at their very best! As far as I'm concerned everything after Meteora pales in comparison to this masterpiece!