I am 27 years old. I grew up with metal like Black Sabbath, Napalm Death, Megadeth, (early)Metallica, TOOL, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden. I avoided Linkin Park like the plague thinking that their all too friendly MTV image would not satisfy my most primal metal urges. I was wrong. It is indeed rare to find a debut album of such complexity and richness. Hybrid Theory plays as a complete album, there are no throw away tracks here. I wasn’t sure I liked Chester Bennington’s voice at first but after hearing “Crawling” a few times I came to realize that he’s got a great voice. He’s no Rob Halford or Bruce Dickinson but he’s up there amongst today’s vocalists (except for Serj from System of a Down). This cd is a true “hybrid” of metal and hip-hop influences. Linkin Park uses two vocalists, one singing and one rapping along with a dj and the results are spectacular. The best two tracks are A Place for My Head and Forgotten but all of the other tracks are way above average. So if you’ve shown slight interest into this band but have shyed away because of their link to commercial interests, I say take the plunge it’s well worth it. Hybrid Theory will be the first of many important releases from this band. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.