While the album title wasn't official at first - It's now out in the open; Linkin Park is set to return with The Hunting Party on June 14th.
The band were working on the soundtrack for an upcoming film called Mall, directed by Joe Hahn. In an interview with Fuse, Mike Shinoda stated they began working on their sixth album.
Linkin Park is scheduled to perform at Download Festival on June 14, 2014, where they will play their debut album Hybrid Theory in its entirety for the first time. Linkin Park confirmed that they will headline Rock am Ring and Rock im Park in 2014, along with Metallica, Kings of Leon, and Iron Maiden. They will also headline with Iron Maiden again at the Greenfield Festival in 2014.
Shinoda recently hinted in a status update on his blog that the sixth album will be released in during 2014. On March 6, 2014, the band released their new single, "Guilty All the Same", which features American rapper Rakim, from the upcoming studio album through Shazam. The band's sixth studio album was later revealed to be titled as The Hunting Party, and it is set to be released on June 14, 2014.
Speaking about the band's sixth album to Noisey, Mike Shinoda said: "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 demos and throwing them away."
He added: "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."
Here's the latest single, Rebellion.
Wastelands was played live!
GOD that show was amazing I loved Skin to Bone o_o
And Wastelands holy shit I love Mike’s lyrics so far
We uploaded a lyric video for the full Wastelands (live version)
Check it out!
Can it get any worse than a new LP record?
Can it get any worse then an ignorant twat trolling on a page for one of the most popular bands since the year 2000?
Lol Nick green, your ignorance amuses me.
To put quotation marks around popular like that tells me you don’t agree that they are. Their first album went DIAMOND in the USA. 2nd Album went 4X Platinum. 3rd album 2x Platinum. and the last 2 albums went Gold. All but their first album have peaked number 1 on the Billboard 200 in the US. That’s just the US facts. Going more into the international part proves their success even more.
Tell me again how they aren’t popular, please?
I mean that popular in the sense of their recent albums. I’m more of being apprehensive about the new album.
And to say that my ignornace amuses you – good.
If you meant popular in sense of new albums, you should have said that. You were beyond vague and just mocked the word popular to describe LP. Also, their newer albums not popular? The LYRIC video to Burn It Down from Living Things has 17,335,768 views on their official Youtube. Guilty All The Same’s video has 1,632,497 views already. Castle Of Glass from Living Things has 81,009,170 views. Their most popular video is the song New Divide from 5 years ago with 164,275,921 views.
They are still very much popular today. More so than they were back then. Their last two albums came out less that 5 years ago so of course they only got gold statuses in America. What also brought down the buys was the change in style but even then I would say that they are more popular today than they were 10 years ago. Facts prove it.
Please don’t quote youtube viewing numbers to me.
They mean absolutely nothing.
This band will and forever be known as the term “shit”.
I repeat my original question: can it get worse than an LP record? Well no, they are always the fans.
If somebody with the correct permissions could update the album art to the final version:
That’d be great <3
another commercial album will be…
I’m actually looking kinda forward to this. “Guilty All The Same” sounded like a step towards what they used to sound like.
Wastelands is set to premiere in its entire length this Sunday 1st June.
I hope this is true though xD
So, Mike just chucked out a few Wastelands CD’s at Rock in Rio, so, no doubt we are going to be seeing that soon? ;3
Ian Camfield is premiering the full studio version of the song “Wastelands” on xfm rock show 11 pm UK time on sunday.
Wastelands Studio Version.
And just like that, WASTELANDS HAS LEAKED!
Fuck yes. The CD Giveaway at Rock in Rio luckily found it’s hand into someone who could put it to use ;3
The outro of Wastelands is the intro to Until It’s Gone.
Yup, Wastelands leads perfectly into Until It’s Gone. I LOVE the way that sounds.
You can download Wastelands on KingdomLeaks.
I’m still waiting for All for Nothing to be released. Lol.
Official lyric video for Wastelands was uploaded by Linkin Park:
Wastelands, Rebellion and Final Masquerade have appeared on Spotify. No leak yet, but cover art and the like!
Looks fake but the same thing happened with Until It’s Gone…
This is a snippet of a song where Mike is singing, from Joe Hahn’s film “MALL”. Anyone know if this is a snippet of an album song, or just from the soundtrack?
Nevermind, found the answer.
“An official trailer, leaked online, features a glimpse at the OST for the movie, with Mike Shinoda providing the vocals. It is confirmed that it’s not a song from Linkin Park’s sixth studio album, The Hunting Party and most likely from the original soundtrack.”
Watch the music video we made for Linkin Park’s “Wastelands”, based on WWE –
Oh yes another thing I noticed in Wastelands:
On Mike’s second verse, SKIN TO BONE (Slower instrumental) is being played in the background all the way until the chorus starts. Just noticed this. Lol.
Keys to the Kingdom here we go!!!
Linkin Park’s Official Facebook page just got hacked, so leak on the way???
I don’t see how hacking the facebook page could cause a leak? o.o
Genius what does hacking LP’s facebook got to do with the album?
Ughhhh just leak already
I second this.
I’m expecting about a week until it leaks at this point. Hang in there, soldier!
Pretty sure it will leak this Friday like it did two years ago with LIVING THINGS. :P
I just can’t hold it anymore xD
I’m pretty sure Living Things leaked so early because they streamed it early. They might not do the same with this album.
LIVING THINGS leaked the same day it was streamed on iTunes. It is just my speculation of leak this Friday.
And LIVING THINGS was streamed 5 days before the actual release.
Wasn’t it 11 days? And wasn’t the leak due to a error with iTunes putting it up early? <,<
Oh and btw on June 4th there will be a listening party for fans around the world.
Yup, about 9ish sessions if I remember, in multiple countries. But it *is* for LPU members, by the way, not just the general public.
Lol I read a comment about this douchebag guy who said: “OMG I HOPE IT LEAKS BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY IT HAS TO BE ON JUNE 4TH BECAUSE IT’S THE LISTENING PARTY” what a douche lol he wants someone to sneak a recording device and leak the album. I mean I want it leaked too but that that’s full douche man. Never go full douche.
LPAssociation creator Derek has got the chance to listen to the full album. Here you go:
01. Keys To The Kingdom
Confirmed as the opening track to The Hunting Party, this track wastes no time in introducing you to the band’s goal and mission statement for this record, delivering a brass knuckled punch to the face as Rob Bourdon channels Black Flag to deliver some of his quickest and fiercest drumming on a Linkin Park record to date. Feeling like a punk-rock influenced cousin of their earlier track “Victimized” (from 2012′s LIVING THINGS), vocalist Chester Bennington screams out his frustrations over the track’s high octane instrumentation as he laments to the listener “I’m my own casualty; I’ve fucked up everything I say, fighting in futility”.
02. All For Nothing (Featuring Page Hamilton)
A clearly intentional nod to Helmet in its influences and style (so much that Helmet lead vocalist Page Hamilton appears on the track), “All For Nothing” comes off as a challenge to the band’s critics and naysayers, while extending a middle fingered invitation for them to step up to the plate. Mike Shinoda fires back at those who attempt to control him, defiantly stating “no I’m not your soldier, I ain’t taking any orders, I’m a five-star general infantry controller…”. Guest vocalist Page Hamilton steps in to sing the song’s chorus over Sum-41 style gang vocals from Chester Bennington as he proclaims “I’m gonna get what I deserve”.
03. Guilty All The Same (Featuring Rakim)
From its blistering two-minute intro to its squealing outro, the single hits you like a hurricane from the very first second and does not let up. “GATS” does not feature the electronic elements that had been found in some of the band’s most recent material, but instead offers something louder, rawer and nastier than we have ever heard from Linkin Park. It also features a surprise appearance from hip-hop legend Rakim, marking the first time a guest vocalist has appeared on one of the band’s studio releases. It’s new, it’s exciting, it’s challenging, and it’s refreshing at a time when rock music has arguably lost some of its edge.
04. The Summoning
Used as a transition track to lead into the next track, ‘War’, ‘The Summoning’ begins with a long harmonic note that feels very reminiscent of Tool’s instrumental Lost Keys, but builds to a distortion filled clash of noises, spiraling slowly out of control until the next track begins. This track is very short, and mostly serves as a temporary calm before the storm.
In interviews leading up the release of this record, vocalist Mike Shinoda has frequently teased this record as paying homage to the band’s earliest influences, while bringing the band’s sound and style into new and previously unexplored territories. Even with this knowledge, there is still no way to prepare yourself mentally for the complete musical onslaught that exists on War. This is Linkin Park at their most unforgiving, and the results are simply head-spinning. This is a track you’d expect from an underground Brooklyn noise-rock band and not the band that created In The End. Featuring early Metallica style vocals, laced with screams from Chester Bennington that inform you “there’s no peace, only war…victory determines who’s wrong or right”, War tops off it’s ferocity with a truly astonishing and revelatory solo from guitarist Brad Delson. Highly recommend you wear body armor in the pit when this song gets performed live this summer.
Fans of Mike Shinoda’s hip-hop oriented side project Fort Minor, will undoubtedly be left in awe over the exquisite rhyme pattern and wordplay Mike Shinoda delivers on top of Wasteland’s gritty stomping drum beat and distorted guitar riffs that pervade the song’s 3 minute plus running time. A confident display of his rap abilities, Shinoda puts his skills on full display stating “This is war with no weapons, marchin’ with no steppin’, murder with no killin’, ill in every direction” informing other emcees to first “do the math” because there’s “no equal, a John with no Yoko, more power, less people…” complimented by a chorus that features lyrics themed around an end of the world apocalyptic scenario, this track hits hard, and lets everybody know that Mr. Shinoda can run with the best of them.
07. Until It’s Gone
Beginning with a synth line reminiscent of 2003′s “Numb” from their sophomore release Meteora, Until It’s Gone takes a sharp turn into an unexpected brooding goth rock anthem. With it’s gorgeous backing vocals, and intense atmospheric backdrop this song stays with you, and impacts you long after well…’It’s Gone’. Atmospherically similar to the band’s 2010 release A Thousand Suns, Chester looks back woefully in regret at a failed relationship, singing “I thought I kept you safe and sound, I thought I made you strong, but something made me realize, that I was wrong.” This was the second track to be given an early release off of The Hunting Party, which comes as no surprise due to its highly memorable sound and powerful melodies.
08. Rebellion (Featuring Daron Malakian)
Sonically resembling a Toxicity-era System of a Down track, Daron Malakian’s signature guitar sound is on full display here as he delivers a blisteringly fast sixteenth note guitar riff behind Mike Shinoda’s sung lead vocals, breaking only momentarily for the chorus where Chester Bennington takes over the microphone to sing “we are the fortunate ones, imitations of rebellion”. Painting a picture of society’s downfall, Rebellion comes to a close with a super heavy fist pumping bridge of “Rebellion! Rebellion! One by one we fall apart!”
While System fans have been waiting for a new album that may seemingly never come, they may just find what they were missing on this ultra-heavy rock track that combines System of Down’s alternative-metal style with the early 90′s punk sound that influences and permeates through many of the tracks on The Hunting Party. Guaranteed to be a crowd favorite if it ever is performed live, this track will no doubt land on many rock fans “favorite tracks” list when The Hunting Party drops this June.
09. Mark The Graves
Introduced with a melancholy note reminiscent to The Summoning, Mark the Graves builds into the longest intro for any song on The Hunting Party with a mix of ascending guitars and jam-like riffs that reach a powerful climax before being drowned out into a series of ambient strumming guitars. Chester fades to the forefront with vocals that are some of the most notable on the album singing “No trace of what remains, no stones to mark the graves, only memories we thought we could deny”. Mike Shinoda comes in for dual layered vocals as a prevailing chorus of hanging words make you want to scream along and feel the same hope Chester defiantly embodies throughout the entire song. A juxtaposition of sonic sounds and heavy guitars conclude the track as everything collapses around Chester’s progressively more intense and powerful screaming of the chorus. Definitely a stand out track which fans of No Roads Left and The Little Things Give You Away may appreciate.
10. Drawbar (Featuring Tom Morello)
While admittedly not quite the style of music you’d expect to hear Tom Morello guitar work on, Drawbar serves as a dark and atmospheric piano/guitar driven postlude to Mark The Graves that allows the listener to take a breath and reflect before the next track begins. Ends with single piano notes reminiscent of Elton John or even Pink Floyd.
11. Final Masquerade
Easily single material, Final Masquerade may be the only legitimate “soft” song on the record, but it serves as one of the album’s biggest highlights. Linkin Park have always had a penchant for writing excellent and uplifting rock ballads, and this track is of no exception. A great display of Chester’s vocal range, you really get the feeling that Chester is believing what he’s singing here as he croons “The light on the horizon was brighter yesterday, the shadows floating over, the skies began to fade, you said it was forever, but then it slipped away, standing at the end of the final masquerade”. Akin to a 1980’s rock ballad, Chester’s verses are complimented by wonderful airy keyboard synths that make this track feel like a beautiful mix of both the past and present of rock music. I’ve always felt the band could handle an 80’s style rock ballad very well, and this song proves it. The track builds slowly to a great instrumental part, giving way to a vocal breakdown of the song’s chorus, elevating the track to a stadium anthem as Chester sings the song’s chorus one last time over “whoa oh ohs” sung beautifully by his Linkin Park band-mates.
12. A Line In The Sand
Thunderstorms and the familiar sound of a single note gradually surfacing from static open the album’s most diverse track. A Line in the Sand’s tone is that of a closing song, an ominous symphony of darkness with only Mike Shinoda’s echoing vocals being the light. With no warning, that light turns to fire as the song explodes into a metal style riff, a glimpse into what we saw through the entirety of The Hunting Party. Military style drums provide the framework for a notable second verse which sees co-vocalist Chester Bennington harmonize with Mike before taking over a dominant chorus of contentious vocals and heavy guitars. A bridge with Mike sparingly rhyming lyrics is evocative of the breakdown in Hybrid Theory’s By Myself as he proclaims “I had never been a coward, I had never seen blood, you had sold me an ocean, and I was lost in the flood”, quieting the wall of noise momentarily before an ascending onslaught of punishing riffs overlay Brad’s guitar solos and Chester’s screams. The song ends how it starts as Mike reflectively looks at the damage done over lingering guitar notes. A Line in the Sand acts as the graveyard to everything on the album, an eclectic combustion of hard, soft and everything in between.
Not sure it is necesary to copy-paste the entire review on the site, probably better next time to just provide the link with the description rather then flood the comments with the content.
But either way, excellent review. LPA really has it good, lucky buggers! xD
I was thinking about that but then I remembered that most people do copy-paste xD
And this has got me more hyped for THP. More than I did for LIVING THINGS :P
I’m just sure the leak will happen this Friday!