To respond to myself first... I ended up really enjoying One More Light. Like I really thought it was gonna be mediocre. And to an extent, it is. But I find it really catchy and I feel bad it gets way more flak than deserved.
As for Chester dying, holy heck. Definitely thought it was a joke at first glance of the news but wow. Really sad. Linkin Park has been a part of my life in some way since I was a little kid, probably since Meteora or so... and I never even thought of something like this happening.