Video Interview: Joe Hahn Discusses ‘Mall’, Linkin Park

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on April 16th, 2014
under: Joe Hahn

Joe Hahn did a Tweet Out episode with GeekNation where fans got to send in their questions about his directional debut in ‘Mall’ which has been in production since 2012. Joe said both the movie and the score are ready and coming soon. While this tweet out was mostly about ‘Mall’ the majority of questions revolved around Linkin Park.

Audio: Chester Bennington Talks to KFMA

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on April 12th, 2014

Chester called in to talk to KFMA in honor of Linkin Park headlining the KFMA Day on May 24th in Tucson, AZ. Chester talks about ‘The Hunting Party’ and the new material the band is going to play live while on the road.

Loudwire Reviews 5 Tracks from ‘The Hunting Party’

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on April 10th, 2014

Loudwire has reviewed the 5 tracks Mike Shinoda unveiled at the listening Party in New York thoroughly on their website! Check out what they had to say about each song:

Linkin Park, ‘The Hunting Party’ – Early Rundown of Five Tracks:

‘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.

Read More: Early Preview: Linkin Park’s 2014 Album ‘The Hunting Party’ |


Chester Bennington For Porsche Design Collection Coming in June + New Promo Pic

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on April 10th, 2014

It’s officially here! The Chester Bennington for Porsche Design collection, which is also name the ‘Capsule Collection’, will be coming exclusively to the Porsche Design stores this June! The collection includes a leather jacket, black skinny jeans, boots, a weekender and sunglasses and of course his ‘Angel’ T-shirt which became available for purchase a few days back. The prices will range from 95 to 1400+ euros.

“I’ve always loved fashion and had a deep appreciation for quality design,” says Chester Bennington. “The sleek approach of Porsche Design’s craftsmanship is unparalleled. This collaboration has been a dream come true, and I’m really excited to show what we’ve created together.”

Excited yet?!

UPDATE: Take a look at yet another stunning promo pic!

Linkin Park Talk Heavy New Album on Rolling Stone

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on April 10th, 2014

Following Linkin Park’s 6th studio album ‘The Hunting Party’ announcement, Mike Shinoda talked to Rolling Stone about the process of making their heaviest record to date. Along with the interview Rolling Stone has reviewed some of the songs on the new record.

One day, when Linkin Park rapper and multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda was working on the follow-up to their 2012 record Living Things — an album that had pop-friendly sensibilities, subsequently went gold and was their fourth LP to reach Number One on the Billboard 200 — he had a personal revelation. “Dude, what am I doing?” he asked himself. “I’m doing the exact same thing!” So he began writing heavy music.

“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.”

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.

“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.

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.”

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The Hunting Party – June 17th / Album Cover & New Promo Pic

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on April 09th, 2014

FINALLY! The band confirmed the title of their upcoming album is indeed The Hunting Party and it’s coming out June 17th! Check out the cover!


There is a moment in Linkin Park’s new single “Guilty All the Same,” somewhere around the time the Kirk Hammett-esque guitars slow down and Rob Bourdon’s drums and Dave Farrell’s bass join in lockstep and Rakim drops down from Rap Game Mount Olympus to spit 24 bars of pure fury, that you have to go, “Holy shit. This is a good fuckingsong.”

Well, I’ve got a secret for all you chinstroking hipsters with your crates of SoundCloud files and Abletons full of drone metal made by five overeducated pillheads in Ridgewood, and that secret is that Linkin Park is legitimately the biggest band in the world—they have an astonishing 61 million Facebook fans—and they’ve been making daring, stadium-ready rock for the better part of a decade. With their newest album, The Hunting Party, set to be released on June 17th, Linkin Park have dropped the electronics of their previous two records and have rededicated themselves to making rock and roll. In short, they’ve found their balls, and they’re taking those balls and going balls to the wall. Parts of the record sound like vintage Bay Area thrash while other bits of it sound like Helmet, to the point where they actually got the dude from Helmet to sing on “All for Nothing.” The record sounds big, like the sort of thing only a gargantuan rock band could actually manage because they actually have the manpower, resources, and abilities to make it sound big. It’s the sound of a band who have something to prove, and will punch you in your dick if you refuse to listen to them.

When I meet Mike Shinoda at the offices of his record label, however, he seems anything but ready to punch me in the dick. At 37 and dressed in a navy Chambray shirt and subtly hyperexpensive sneakers, he looks like less the architect of one of the most popular rock bands of the past 15 years and more like a cool dad. This is in part, because he is in fact a dad, and being a rock star, he is also cool. More than that, he’s thoughtful about his band’s place in culture—Linkin Park is a ubiquity that hovers over us, never to die. With that stasis comes freedom, and to their credit, Linkin Park have managed to do pretty much whatever the fuck they want to and remain as popular as ever. Since 2003’s world-beating Meteora, they’ve done their Legacy Record—that’d be the Rick Rubin-helmed Minutes to Midnight—their Secret Classic—the lithe A Thousand Suns, which with its spacey electronics and apocalyptic themes scans more Radiohead than (hed) p.e.—and in 2012 offered up Living Things, which manages to sound like all music at once without being all dicky about it.

Over the course of an hour or so, Mike and I chatted about the state of popular rock music, what it’s like to call in a verse from Rakim, and how to deal with the fact that one day, you might wake up to realize you’re a rock star and some of your fans are douchebags that you have to learn to love.

Noisey: Do the songs have names yet?
Mike Shinoda:
Naming shit is difficult for us, especially album titles. This one was easier than many of them; we second-guessed and argued over it. We never come up with an album title before the album.

It’s hard to put such an abstract thing as an album into, like, three words.
We have concepts behind the record, but a lot of times they have multiple meanings. Easiest album title was A Thousand Suns, which came from an Oppenheimer quote. He said it after they’d detonated the bomb, and that’s sort of what the album was about.

Tell me about 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.

Do you feel like you learned anything from him?
Any time we’re in the studio with anybody, I try to see what I can learn from them. What I learned from his style was to appreciate the difference between writing in a free-form way—like guys like Jay Z and Kanye who freestyle and free-associate into the mic—and Rakim’s the opposite. He spends a lot of time perfecting the verse. His verse is almost the rap equivalent of a shredding guitar solo, like you listen to it and you can’t even tell the notes because it’s so crazy. When you read the words you can follow along and see how the rhyme pattern and got built out. The rhyme pattern is constantly established and taken apart and re-established. That was the awakening—that form of writing is totally timeless. Even though it’s a little complex and a little much for people in modern pop to digest, when you hear it done well it still resonates. There are people who do complex shit and it doesn’t really hit you, because they’re just doing it for the sake of being complex. But Rakim’s verse is about hitting an emotional connection.

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Video: Chester Bennington Featured in Bring Me The Horizon Web Episode

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on April 08th, 2014
under: Misc

Chester Bennington got together with Bring Me The Horizon (we’re guessing while Chester was on his STP tour a few months back) (this definitely hapened in 2014: BMTH’s The American Dream Tour began on February) for a little photoshoot which ended up getting featured in ‘The American Dream Tour EP” webepisode 3. The news have been going viral and we found the video for you guys. Chester shows up at 1:40 and 3:14 and onwards.

The American Dream Tour Ep03 from Tom Sykes on Vimeo.

UPDATE: Is it me or does this sound like a Kerrang! photoshoot for Download Festival?

Linkin Park to Headline KFMA Day 2014 in Tucson, AZ

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on April 07th, 2014
under: Tour

Linkin Park announced that they will be headlining KFMA Day 2014 in Tucson, Arizona on May 24th!

We’re headlining KFMA Day 2014 in Tucson, Arizona on May 24th. LPU Pre-Sale begins this Thursday 4/10 at 10 AM PST and will end Friday 4/11 at Midnight PST.

Visit for complete Pre-Sale details.

Additional Pre-Sale tickets will be available on Saturday 4/12 only at Tucson area Pizza Hut locations beginning at 11am PST and online here:

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Sunday 4/13 at 11am PST here:

- Phoenix

Musical March Madness 2014: Linkin Park vs Palaye Royale

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on April 07th, 2014

This is IT guys, the FINAL round of MTV’s Musical March Madness! Fall Out Boy almost took us down but LP prevailed at the last moment! Let’s help them WIN this! One day and several hours before this ends! Share and vote for them here.

New Linkin Park Album Updates / Song Titles

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on April 07th, 2014

ABC Radio was present at a listening party in NYC of the new Linkin Park album and reports that the two of the songs unveiled featured guest apparances from Paige Hamilton of Helmet and Daron Malakian of System of a Down. The title is still rumored to be ‘The Hunting Party’ but no official title or date has been set. Mike Shinoda said the new album is loud and aggressive as Linkin Park returned to their harder ‘roots’. Read along for more info.

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.”

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio.

UPDATE: More info has surfaced regarding the ttles of five songs Mike Shinoda unveiled at the NYC private listening party.

12 songs in total!

“Keys To The Kingdom”

“The Wastelands”

“Until It’s Gone”

“All For Nothing” (featuring Paige Hamilton of Helmet)

“Rebellion” (featuring Daron Malakian of System Of A Down)

Hard Drive Radio insists on the name The Hunting Party and says that this upcoming album has balls and that ‘GATS’ is actually mellow compared to other songs.

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!…..

Thank you LPCoalition!