Posted on April 17, 2014 by Andreina

Brad Delson spoke with Adam Perlmutter of PREMIERGuitar in a lengthy interview about the recording process of 'The Hunting Party', where they discussed studio gear, the impressive equipment collection and input of trusted engineer Ethan Mates, as well as the writing and recording approach for the new album. Check out the full interview here (strongly recommended), or read some extracts below:

It's a new methodology for the band: writing from scratch while recording. On their first two albums, Hybrid Theory (2000) and Meteora (2003), Linkin Park worked in a more traditional way, writing songs before demoing them, and then rerecording everything in the studio. But the band learned that careful preparation didn’t necessarily yield the most satisfying results.

“When we worked with [producer] Rick Rubin [for 2007’s Minutes to Midnight, 2010’s A Thousand Suns, and 2012’s Living Things] we brought him a bunch of demos along with the recorded versions that we’d spent days working on in a perfectly good studio environment,” recalled Delson. “When Rick A/B’d the versions, he always thought the demos were more compelling. That was an expensive and painful lesson.”

But for The Hunting Party Linkin Park used the studio as a compositional tool, recording as inspiration struck, compiling the best bits and pieces, and stitching them together as new songs. “Early in the process, Mike wrote a bunch of demos—introverted, indie-sounding stuff inspired by what you hear on the radio these days,” said Delson. “But we threw them all away in favor of making a more personal record, something more visceral and aggressive in a way that only we could do.”
In the past, Delson often labored to compose the perfect backdrop for a track, only to discover that it didn’t quite work as a song. This time, after assembling a rough collection of riffs, he would submit the work to singer Chester Bennington for consideration. “We used to record the vocals last,” says Delson, “but now we do that closer to the beginning of the process, so we know if a track will survive as a song. It could have the coolest musical elements, but if doesn’t lend itself to a great vocal, then it’s time to move on to the next thing.”
He led me back to the control room and seated me in the Aeron chair, showing me how to adjust the board’s master volume control. Then the album’s editor, Josh Newell (an intense-looking gentleman with a shaved head and an obvious enthusiasm for body art), took over while Delson ducked out of the room. Newell played me seven songs from the new album, quietly announcing each title.Listening to these raw mixes, it was evident that the winning strategy Linkin Park established on Hybrid Theory—dovetailing spoken verses with melodic choruses—hadn’t been discarded. But on all levels there was new depth to the music in the form of lengthier interludes, greater harmonic diversity, and uncanny guitar sounds that made way for brief, fitful solos.

Delson returned and said he felt satisfied by the guitar’s primacy on the new music. “On the last few records I certainly played guitar in the studio, but I’d been focusing on other instruments. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 12, and it had become fascinating to learn keyboards, programming, and Pro Tools, which is like an instrument in itself. But these songs are all about rediscovering the guitar and having a lot of fun with it.”

We talked about the record’s compact solos, which, despite their brevity, reveal Delson’s formidable guitar skills and penchant for spontaneity. “There’s an unpredictability to these songs that lends itself to me just picking up a guitar and playing insanity,” he said. “Nothing is preplanned. For some of the faster solos I warm up, but not in an overtly methodical way. If I want to record a solo over at a fast tempo, I just noodle on that Strat for an hour until I’m hyper-fast. I don’t want to merge onto the highway at 15 miles per hour. I want to be at full speed by the time I get thrown on to it.”
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Source: PREMIERGuitar via merrillmind
Posted on April 11, 2014 by Andreina

Chester Bennington has joined Chris the Ego of KFMAtv in a phone interview ahead of Linkin Park's headlining show at KFMADAY on May 24th in Tucson, Arizona, where they discussed The Hunting Party, the current rock scene and the festival itself.

Listen to the full interview below:

Check out some quotes below:

On giving some details about "The Hunting Party":

It's definitely the heaviest record we've ever made, for sure. It's extremely guitar-heavy, the drumming is insane, they're the heart and soul of the record (...), it will take people by surprise.
About the guitar-driven music being "pushed to the side":

That's the reason why we did it [the album], it's not a dig at the other bands or the songs they're making, but we want something heavier and intense, which is not out there [in the mainstream], there's a void we feel is happening right now in rock music.
About most bands from the "Hybrid Theory era" fading or dissolving, while Linkin Park stays strong:

That's one of the reasons we made "Minutes to Midnight", as we made "Meteora" it was basically Volume I and II of "Hybrid Theory". We helped create this thing, it was something cool, something different, but now it's not new and not cool anymore (...) so we decided to put our necks on the line and make a shift in direction. It's like being in a new band in every record.
About the possibility of having a new song ready for KFMADAY:

I think so. (...) On the last few records we've been pushing the experimental side and (...) you have great songs but, when you put them into a set, it's kind of become where we're just standing there singing the songs, (...) we've intentionally written more up-tempo songs because we want to put more up-tempo songs in the set.
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Source: KFMAtv via merrillmind
Posted on April 11, 2014 by Joe

The album art for Linkin Park's new album "The Hunting Party" was unveiled earlier this week along with an official confirmation of the title and a June 17th release date. Last night via Twitter Mike Shinoda shouted out the artists that all had a hand in creating the collaborative effort that turned out to be the album's cover art. Linkin Park have once again teamed up with Ghost Town Media who worked on LIVING THINGS, A Light That Never Comes as well as the event and video art for Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns cycle. Along with GTM, Linkin Park have also pulled in notable artist James Jean, a visual artist in both fine art and commercial work who looks to be helming some of the booklet and thematic work we'll be seeing upon release. In the past week James has been posting work on Instagram with the hashtag #TheHuntingParty that is potentially work in progress for the new album. The images below haven't been confirmed as actual album art, and could just be towards the body of work James is producing. Check it out!

Final "The Hunting Party" Design by Linkin Park, James Jean, Annie Nguyen, Mr. Kim and Brandon Parvini w/ work in progress photo

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Another passage from the Hunting Party#thehuntingparty #excerpt | The Hunting Party. Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, & Wax on Two Canvases, 60 x 192", 2009. #passage#excerpt #weepingbones #thehuntingparty

Take a look at James Jean's Instagram for other possible work in progress images that potentially relate to The Hunting Party

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Source: James Jean | Thanks to LPFanCorner for their Instagram digging!
Posted on April 10, 2014 by Joe

It looks like the hype for Linkin Park's new album release continues as the press are beginning to release their impressions of a six-track sampler for Linkin Park's new album "The Hunting Party" that has been previewed over the past week to various media outles. The new album that is set for release June 17th is set to be their heaviest album yet. Following Rolling Stone's impressions this morning, Loudwire have now released their own which you can read below or in full here.

‘Keys to the Kingdom’: Right off the bat this track has an old-school punk vibe with a new twist. The hasty drums and explosive riffs a hardcore element to it. Vocalist Chester Bennington unleashes melodies and the balance of Shinoda’s rap verses makes for a powerful combination. Although the band will be playing arenas on their forthcoming Carnivores tour, this song has an underground feel that would welcome them to a small, beat up venue in Brooklyn, N.Y.

‘Wastelands of Today’: This tune starts with a hip-hop verse and the song has a lot of groove with heavy drum and bass. The chorus is catchy yet sludgy and has some grit to it. Watch out for the heavy breakdown in the middle of the song. Linkin Park take you on a sonic roller-coaster ride as they play around with the tempo and ambiance of the song.

‘Until It’s Gone’: It’s a more mid-tempo track with softer lyrics provided by Chester Bennington, who really shows his vocal versatility. The dreamy and atmospheric sounds are enough to whisk you away but Bennington brings you back down to earth as he belts out their take on a familiar chorus: “’Cause you don’t know what you’ve got / No you don’t know what you’ve got / You don’t know what you’ve got / Until it’s gone.” This catchy song is one that’s bound to get stuck in your head for a long time.

‘All for Nothing’: This one, when performed live, will get the crowd moving for sure. With a hip-hop flow in the first verse this quickly turns into almost a punk anthem. The song is relentless and unapologetic, with a stellar guitar solo by Brad Delson. It’s no surprise that this heavy tune is hardcore especially since it features a guest spot Helmet vocalist and guitarist Paige Hamilton.

‘Rebellion’: With a name like ‘Rebellion,’ as a listener you would expect pure chaos and mayhem and that’s exactly what Linkin Park give you. The vibe is almost thrashy with its speedy riffs and galloping drums. While listening to it one might think that it could even fit on System of a Down’s first album — that’s probably because none other than Daron Malakian of System of a Down is featured on this song.


Source: Loudwire
Posted on April 10, 2014 by Joe

Rolling Stone have done a feature on Linkin Park and their new album The Hunting Party that is set for release June 17th. The feature has an interview with Mike Shinoda where he discusses some of the tracks and what the band have set out to do with the The Hunting Party. Check out some excerpts below or read the full article.

"It needed to be visceral," he says with a laugh. "We need to weed out a lot of the soft, emo kind of approach to our music, and we need to weed out anything that feels aggressive for aggressive's sake. We're not 18-year-old kids making a loud record – we're 37-year-old adults making a loud record. And what makes a 37-year-old angry is different than what made us angry back in the day."
On "Keys to the Kingdom" and "All for Nothing":
That mindset permeates the five songs off Linkin Park's sixth record, The Hunting Party, that Shinoda played Rolling Stone at a recent listening session in New York City. Tracks like avant-metal jigsaw riffs of "Keys to the Kingdom" and the punkish "All for Nothing" indeed sound like Linkin Park at their angriest and most adrenalized. It's undeniable Linkin Park at their most pure, since they produced the album, other than one track, themselves.

Similarly, the band members took the ethos of the bands that inspired them and, rather than go on a nostalgia trip, tried to "modernize that aggression sonically," to use Shinoda's words. "Keys to the Kingdom" opens with an affected, robotic-sounding voice yelling and then manages to make some disjointed-sounding riffs work. "I wanted you to listen to the song and be disrupted at regular intervals," Shinoda says. "I wanted that to be jarring or distracting, just kind of fuck you up."
On "Until It's Gone", "Wastelands" and "Rebellion":
"Until It's Gone" kicks off with the sort of warbling synth effect that was the group's calling card on their 2000 breakthrough debut, Hybrid Theory, but builds into a brooding, textured gloom rocker that reminds listeners, via singer Chester Bennington, that "[you] don't know what you've got until it's gone." "Wastelands of Today," produced by Rob Cavallo, boasts a similar message – that there is "nothing left to lose" – over a herky-jerky big rock riff. And the final track he played, "Rebellion," uses a speedy riff and a jackhammer-fast drum line that splits the difference between hardcore and disco that, together, charges toward a chorus with the message "Rebellion – we lost before we start." The album, which will contain 12 tracks, isn't finished yet, but Shinoda is working on mixing it this week in advance of its June 17th release and the band's summer tour.
On the direction of the new album, "The Hunting Party":
Around the time Shinoda began working on the new direction for the group, beginning with "All for Nothing," he realized that it might not be the most commercial direction for the group to be taking at this point in its career. "I as thinking, 'Oh, shit. Rock radio's not gonna play this, are they?" he says. So he consulted with his manager and a radio rep at his management company and they confirmed his fears. "They said the bottom line is, this music is gonna have a real hard time living on rock radio," he says. "It's kind of a bad move. We can't rely on a home run at radio. But I'm always up for a challenge. Besides, I believe in the music."

The inspiration behind the about-face Linkin Park are making on The Hunting Party – following the generally lighter approach they've taken on recent records – was a general malaise Shinoda was feeling toward indie music. "I was trying to find something to listen to one day, and it wasn't there," he says. "And it kind of pissed me off. I like indie music. I like indie pop. But at a certain point, I feel like that box had been checked and checked again."
Shinoda underscored that he likes groups like Chvrches, Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys and his comment is not a dig at them. But as far as the music he wanted to listen to at that moment, he found himself turning to the sounds that inspired him before Linkin Park — groups like Refused, Helmet and At the Drive-In — and a few that predated his interest hard music, like Inside Out and Gorilla Biscuits. "I was thinking, what albums predated nü-metal," he says. "Without these albums there wouldn't have been Linkin Park."
On collaborations:
As a nod to their inspirations, Linkin Park invited some of these artists to play on The Hunting Party. Helmet vocalist-guitarist Page Hamilton sings on "All for Nothing," System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian appears on "Rebellion" and rap icon Rakim appears on "Guilty All the Same," a song that is available for streaming now. "I got on the phone with Rakim and explained our M.O. and told him how rock music has gone in this direction that we, at this moment, don't feel comfortable following," Shinoda says. "He responded by telling me how his experience in hip-hop has been similar. Because rap music is so poppy, he can't see himself making those kinds of records. It was at that moment, we realized we had a lot in common and I knew the song was gonna work."
Rob's drumming for "The Hunting Party":
This approach was especially difficult for drummer Rob Bourdon who ran himself ragged trying to keep up with the music. "It's probably the hardest stuff he's ever played on one of our albums," Shinoda says. "He had to physically work his way up to it. He had to go running, lift weights, work with a trainer." Then with a laugh, Shinoda says, "He eventually went to a chiropractor because he threw his back out playing drums. I don't want to put the guy in the hospital, but it was fun for both of us to make something that was challenging to him. And he definitely feels that at the end of the day, he's a better drummer for it."
On "The Hunting Party" being heavy:
What they came up with, Shinoda reports, is their heaviest record to date. And as he says that, he also realizes the implications of such a claim. "We didn't make the heaviest record of all time," he says. "I'm very aware that there are super, super heavy bands out there that make music that is really, really gnarly." He laughs. "We didn't make a Botch record. We didn't make a Meshuggah record. We made a really loud and aggressive Linkin Park record, maybe the loudest we've made."
Inside Linkin Park's Heavy New Album: 'We Need to Weed Out the Emo'

Source: Rolling Stone
Posted on April 9, 2014 by Hybrid

Stanford University is offering an online course titled "Creativity: Music to My Ears" in which Mike Shinoda is assisting with. For those who are participating in the course, Stanford sent out a video featuring The Executive Director Of Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Tina Seelig, interviewing Mike Shinoda as a teaser for the upcoming session with him. In the interview, they talk about the creativity put into Linkin Park projects, early writing, and inspiration. The 13-minute long video offers a creative insight that we normally don't hear or see. I highly recommend blocking out the time to check it out.

For those of you using mobile devices where the embedded video won't show up, the video can be seen here.

If you are still interested in participating in the online course, there is still time to sign up.

What do you think of the video? Was there anything in it that surprised you? Are you attending the online course? Stop by our forums and let us know what you think!

Source: Stanford Tech Ventures Program Via Florian
Posted on April 9, 2014 by minuteforce

Noisey has published an interview with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda - and included is the title and release date for the upcoming Linkin Park album!

Linkin Park's sixth studio record is entitled "The Hunting Party" and is set to be released on June 17, 2014. The article also reveals the official cover art for the album:


The interview with Shinoda covers both new and old ground with regards to details about the album and Shinoda's own opinion on the state of rock music.

On collaborating with Rakim:
There were no shortcuts. When he wrote to the song, he told me it was going to take some time; it took like a week and a half. At a certain point he said, “I’ve got 16 bars, but I want more. Can we do 24?” And he drove out—he doesn’t fly—from the East Coast to L.A., set up a couple shows on the way, canceled them, and then basically came out and recorded the song. He was still writing on it the weekend before he came in, and was even still editing it on paper. It’s not on his phone, it’s not on his laptop, he was sitting there at the dinner table of the studio still working it out.
On being labelled as a "mainstream" band:
We’re at peace with the fact that not just we can go to many countries and play shows and people come, but also with the fact that that’s how we’re seen. I would have fought that early on when we were getting bigger, like “No, I don’t want to be seen as a pop group, fuck that.” But I do think there’s a difference between being accessible and mainstream and being pop or whatever you want to call that.
On navigating the pop landscape:
Dude it’s crazy out there. What’s worked for us in the past is stick to our guns as far as what our creative vision is, spend a lot of time on it, and really craft it. On this record we spent six months in the studio, probably six more out of the studio in addition, just coming up with demoes and throwing them away. In contrast to that, there was a pop artist who I won’t name who was in the studio while we were doing our record—they showed up for three days. Day one they showed up for thirty minutes, day two they showed up for fifteen, and day three they neglected to show up at all. The song was done.
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Source: Noisey
Posted on April 8, 2014 by Hybrid

According to hardDriveRadio, Mike Shinoda held a listening party at MSR Studios in New York and mentioned the potential names of 5 songs off of the forthcoming Linkin Park record. The article, which can be found here, states the following:

Good Monday, yo! Sorry to all the Badgers’ fans out there. Tough loss. But congrats to the team for getting to the Final Four! Tonight’s game oughtta ROCK!….On Friday, I was at a listening session hosted by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park at MSR Studios over on West 48th Street in NYC.

He played 5 of the 12 songs that will be on The Hunting Party album, now with a TBA release date later this summer. The band is still in the mixing stages on all and final recording stages on the rest. (“Guilty All The Same” is the first single, and dare I say, tamer than what these tunes are like!) The 5 songs, “Keys To The Kingdom,” “The Wastelands,” “Until It’s Gone,” “All For Nothing(featuring Paige Hamilton of Helmet!) and “Rebellion(featuring Daron Malakian of System Of A Down) were all still unmixed, but every one sounded great! The band self-produced except for one of the tunes (I think it was “The Wastelands,” which was co-produced by Warner Bros Records president and A&R chief Rob Cavallo.)

I have to say, each song was better than the next, they are all extremely heavy, and as Mike said, some may even sound like prequels to their first album, Hybrid Theory. As I said to Mike, after all the “Rock Is Dead” critics and naysayers out there trying to forecast the death of active rock radio and its music, this album will totally pour cold water all over those notions and prove to the industry is it CLEARLY NOT DEAD! This record has BALLS! And now one of the world’s biggest & most popular bands is making a statement to support the music they love. The guitars are smoking, it was all recorded live to tape. (Well, there still are some electronic elements, but they are certainly only a condiment rather than a meal here.

I can not say enough about how the reaction is going to turn heads and I can not WAIT to hear them do some of these songs live in concert this summer! Mark my words, it will be one of your favorite albums of the year!

Source: hardDriveRadio Via LPTimes / Mike Shinoda Clan Krishnan l IISUPERXEROI
Posted on April 7, 2014 by Derek

In a new article by ABC News Radio, it has been revealed that Linkin Park's upcoming new record (currently rumored for release in June with a suggested title of "The Hunting Party"), will feature further guest spots, with Guilty All The Same being in 'the middle' in regards to the album's overall tone and ferocity.

Quoting the article:

As previously reported, Linkin Park is putting the finishing touches on a new album. Singer Mike Shinoda unveiled five of the songs for a small group of industry professionals in New York City on Friday, and said that he and his band mates share a growing discomfort with the poppier leanings of alternative music these days. With the new album, he says, they felt the need to return to a harder edge.

This is reflected in the first single, "Guilty All the Same," says Shinoda. He tells ABC News Radio, "It just felt like the right introduction to the record, which is kind of a shocking one."

As a matter of fact, Shinoda says the song "sits in the middle [of the songs on the album]" in terms of tone.

Linkin Park's return to the harder edges of alternative rock was evident in two of the songs unveiled at the New York listening party -- one featured Paige Hamilton of Helmet and another Daron Malakian of System of a Down .

Shinoda said that the songs were still rough mixes and that the band is busy tweaking them; he says fans can expect the new Linkin Park album "sometime in the middle of the summer."
With three potential guest spots, two by well known guitarists (one of which has his own band Scars on Broadway), this may just be the most unique and visceral Linkin Park record to date. Read the article here.

Source: X95.9 and ABC News Radio via merrillmind
Posted on April 2, 2014 by Hybrid

Linkin Park just uploaded a new video focusing on Mike Shinoda's SRS efforts in Haiti. Check it out and let us know what you think about it in our forums!

Source: Linkin Park TV