I agree that LINKIN PARK did what LIMP BIZKIT SHOULD HAVE. But it didnt have to change like that either. Take for example P.O.D. they still stayed with there original sound and still sell out, still rock out and are still awesome today and they were killing it same time Limp and LP started. Limp just took too long off, and really were never that great to start with.
Linkin Park is an entirely different band and animal. They had so much genius and have so much genius there is no way they could stay doing the same style. I also think there age, chesters voice not being able to scream as much, in general not being angry, growing up and young, and there music has changed and mutured over time and I have grown with them. I started from XERO and thought this is going to be awesome. Then HT and METEORA were the best albums for me for at least 4 years. Concerts were awesome, and I wish they would have done one more album in that style and I could feel there struggle as a band in there change with minutes to midnight. ATS they progressed and did a start to finish type album that went together much better them M2M. HT and Meteora EVERY SINGLE SONG WAS A HIT AND YOU COULD LISTEN TO EVERY SINGLE SONG. M2M, not the same, I started skipping songs which was a first for me with Linkin Park. ATS, much better, I pretty much just started skipping the little instrumentals. And now Living THINGS, great combination, showing the MIKE is at his best in the rap game right now, CHester can not scream like he did in HT and Meteora but can still pull it off for a song or two, they have experimented and found the perfect mix. Mike has grown and I enjoy his signing on this album, but I do think Chester took too much of a backseat on the vocal side of this album, and I am hoping 3 or 4 more tracks, B SIDES come out that have more of chester on them. Overall there albums have changed and progressed with the times from 1999 to 2012, they have changed, the music genres has changed, fans from the beginning have changed and grew with them or away from LP. I personally love 95 percent of everything LP has done, and I listen to way toooo much MUSIC and go to way tooo many shows, and most bands, its more like 60 to 70 percent of there music hits home and is awesome so for me LP is definitely a major success and my favorite band ever, and I love the changes they have gone through. If I want old LP, I have 3 CDS to listen too including REANIMATION. If I want the new LP, I listen to Living THings and ATS. Then I have maybe 4 songs on M2M that I like alot, so plenty of music from LP to get me through my days.