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Linkin Park talk new album, Minutes To Midnight

Linkin Park

Story by Jack Foley

THE anticipation surrounding Linkin Park’s third studio album has finally been answered with the announcement that the record, entitled Minutes to Midnight, will hit stores May 14 internationally and May 15 in the US.

Co-produced by Mike Shinoda and 2007 Grammy ‘Producer of The Year’ Rick Rubin (U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run DMC), Minutes to Midnight was recorded at the infamous Mansion at Laurel Canyon.

Released on Warner Bros. Records/Machine Shop Recordings, the album is already being touted by critics who have heard it as the band’s best and most important work to date.

The first single, What I’ve Done, will be released worldwide on April 2, 2007.

Commenting on the news, bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell said: “We’ve put more into the new album than anything we have ever done before.”

The band spent over 14 months in the studio and wrote more than 100 song demos in the making of Minutes To Midnight, an album which vocalist Mike Shinoda sees as “a breakthrough in the development of the band’s sound”.

“We wrote in new ways and used instruments and equipment we hadn’t experimented with, from vintage guitars and amps to mellotron to Rick’s original 808 drum machine he used on the Beastie Boys first record,” he continued. “We tried to question every step in our songwriting process.”

Producer Rick Rubin agrees: “They really are reinventing themselves, it doesn’t sound like rap-rock. There’s very strong songwriting. It’s very melodic… a progressive record.”

The coming weeks will see the launch of LPTV, a series of webisodes that can be viewed on

The series will focus on “unseen footage of the history of Linkin Park, building up to an inside look at the studio experience of the new album,” says Farrell.

Linkin Park will headline the second day of this summer’s Bamboozle music festival on May 6 in New Jersey before embarking on a headlining European tour in June.

Next month, the band expects to announce plans for “a summer tour with an unmissable lineup,” says Shinoda. “I know that’s not a word, but this tour is worth making up words for.”

Linkin Park is Chester Bennington (vocals), Rob Bourdon (drums), Brad Delson (guitar), Joe Hahn (DJ), Dave “Phoenix” Farrell (bass), and Mike Shinoda (vocals).

They have earned two Grammy Awards, the first for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2002 with their hit single Crawling and the second for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Jay-Z in 2006 for the innovative Numb/Encore.

Linkin Park has sold 40 million records worldwide since their debut in 2000.

In addition, Linkin Park established Music For Relief with the Red Cross in January 2005 to help aid victims of world catastrophes and combat global warming.

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  1. Best of luck for all the new projects of Linkin Park

    Sushan "LOU VINCENT"    Mar 9    #
  2. I’ve already listened to their new songs in Minutes To Midnight and it’s completely different from the previous albums. But still they manage to put in fresh new ideas. It’s still an awesome album from LP and worth buying.

    Ezzatinor da GREAT    Mar 19    #
  3. I have also listened to the new album but I don't think any of these songs can be even compared to the oldies like In The End, Crawling, Breaking The Habit…...

    mike    Mar 23    #
  4. I'm sure you havent listened but keep up the front ;) lol

    Brandon    Mar 26    #
  5. You guys have listened to the fake album, so shh

    Joe    Mar 29    #
  6. What you guys hear is most likely the fake leak that came out that everyone is talking about. Be patient, support the band, and BUY the album when it comes out.

    Johnson    Mar 29    #
  7. Yeah I’ve just found out that the song that I’ve listened is different from the official one..We’ll just have to wait I think..

    Ezzatinor da GREAT    Mar 29    #