In a recent interview with HitFlix concerning his score for the Indonesian Martial-Arts film "The Raid", Mike Shinoda gave more details regarding his work on the score, and even suggested that the new Linkin Park album could be out as early as Mid-2012. You can watch the video here.
What makes this video extra exciting (beyond the extra information on The Raid) is that while many fans had already speculated an album was due for release this year, the latter statement is the first time a band member has actually stated that the band intends to release the record this year. Perhaps what's even more interesting, is the fact that Mike expects the album to be out by "mid-2012". Could this mean an album out before/around Rock Am Ring 2012? Only time will tell!
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Source: HitFlix via murphyLP