Well, 2021 is already full of surprises. We never thought we’d hear Linkin Park with 100 Gecs, that’s for sure. To honor the band and the late Chester Bennington, 100 Gecs have created what is strangely a masterpiece reimagining of “One Step Closer.” The St. Louis duo really broke onto the scene in 2019. Unfortunately, this was after the passing of Linkin Park’s lead vocalist Chester Bennington. 100 Gecs are often viewed as strange for how experimental they are. However, they are exactly the type of artist that Bennington would have loved.
100 Gecs even go as far as calling this reimagination a “reanimation,” which is the name of Linkin Park’s first remix album. Listeners can see how much the duo has been influenced by Linkin Park. In the early 2000s, Linkin Park was one of the first bands to gain popularity for blending genres like rock, rap and electronic. Linkin Park has inspired multiple generations of musicians. So, it’s impressive to hear groups like 100 Gecs pay homage to those who paved the way.
The remix plays on key elements of the song from the killer guitar riff to Chester’s mesmerizing vocals. With the more current styles of electronic mix-ins and added 100 Gecs vocals, it brings “One Step Closer” into the modern era. The reanimation may be strange for long-time Linkin Park fans, but it does seem to grow on you. The track’s innovation and fun will also bring the younger generation to appreciate Linkin Park.
Although it seems like an odd mix, it makes perfect sense when you realize both groups’ goals were to not be held back by labels. Next, we’d like to maybe see 100 Gecs do their own Reanimation-inspired full album. Either way, Linkin Park has reported that more reanimations and modern-day remixes are on the horizon. So, for both Linkin Park and 100 Gecs fans alike, 2021 looks like it’ll be a fun year for music.
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