It’s been a confusing and pressing time for Stone Temple Pilots. The band recently fired (and brought legal action against) their centerpiece lead singer, Scott Weiland and- to the surprise of many- quickly replaced him with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington- an odd front man choice for a grunge-inspired alternative rock act.
Then, to make matters even more bizarre, the band’s remaining members went ahead and recorded brand new material with Bennington. This has sparked a firestorm of various opinions within STP’s fanbase.
It’s interesting (to say the least), it’s- for some- tough to swallow, but regardless of how you perceive it, here it is: “Out of Time.”
The song’s opening is pleasing- jamming onward with a bubbling Deleo brothers riff that seems to re-visit the momentum ignited on 2010’s self-titled effort.
However, Bennington’s contributions to the track quickly distort this euphoria. Clearly, he has studied Weiland’s vocal mannerisms and phrasing to a T. The result is something undeniably artificial. This sticks out like cancer when plastered atop the song’s impressive instrumental coagulation.
Though the remaining members of STP were probably justified in firing Weiland and are brilliant musicians in their own regard, their decision to continue the band in its current state was an unwise one.
“Out of Time” is not a bad song, but it’s hard to listen to without imagining the perfection that could have been reached with Weiland on vocals. Some will be able to look past this, but either way, Stone Temple Pilots have inevitably stained their consistency and legacy as a band.
Stone Temple Pilots- “Out of Time:” 2.5/5