Linkin Park: 'The Sound Should Be Epic'

Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park's rapper and multi-instrumentalist found a few moments in a busy schedule to talk about the new record and other projects.

Linkin Park: 'The Sound Should Be Epic'
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Though Linkin Park have only been around for a dozen years or so, they have already sold 50 million albums and earned a place at the front of the nu metal line of bands. Hybrid Theory, their debut record, sold a ton and brought them instant recognition and cache. The albums that followed - Meteora and Minutes To Midnight - also scored big and they are right now working on material for their fourth CD. Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park's rapper and multi-instrumentalist found a few moments in a busy schedule to talk about the new record and other projects. These various other ventures include writing the "New Divide," the title theme for the Transformers film; a solo art show; music for video games; and more. UG: Let's open with the The New Divide single is there a different approach to writing a movie song versus a regular album track? Mike Shinoda: We don't usually write a song to fit with a story like this one. Trying to find a way to make it our own was the challenge; to keep it true to the spirit of the movie, but true to our band's intentions as well. It was a careful balance. Does writing a movie song present any unique problems not associated with album songs? It's similar, but there's more of a time constraint and a focus on more moving parts. Do you consciously strive for a bigger or more epic quality in a movie song? A bigger chorus or a more memorable chorus perhaps? I guess the sound should be "epic," at least for this movie. When we were looking through our existing demo material, in deciding how to approach this song, we had a lot of more complex stuff, and more introverted stuff. Transformers isn't exactly an introverted film!

"We don't usually write a song to fit with a story like this one."

Will the sound/direction of New Divide likely be heard on the next Linkin Park album? The new album actually doesn't sound a lot like "New Divide," but it sounds great. We've got about 40 song ideas so far. We're trying to do something different from our other albums, with a focus on making some stuff that's more experimental, and hopefully more cutting-edge.There actually might be more rapping. I'm putting all my Fort Minor energy into the new Linkin Park album...you never know which tracks will make the final cut, but hopefully there will be more rapping, and some great beats on the new record. Can you reference what some of the early material for the new LP album will sound like? Will it include any of the elements of Minutes to Midnight? One characteristic of Hybrid Theory and Meteora was their distinctive sound. It was a function of the writing; the gear we used; the way we recorded; the studio; the engineer and producer combination, and many other subtle choices along the way. Minutes To Midnight was an effort to break out of that "sound" and make an album full of new sounds. I think the new album will be a return to the idea of making "a sound," but it will be a sound unlike any of the other albums. Please talk about how the band works up a track in the studio? Is there a sort of blueprint by which the band records? Or does it evolve and change depending on song/album? We tend to record and write in one movement. We record every note we write. Our biggest challenge is keeping organized and making sure no good idea gets lost in the shuffle. Some people want to play a part on every instrument in the studio--guitars, keyboards, etc.We tend to write a part on an instrument and move on. We structure the song as we go, tweaking composition, performance, lyrics, and sounds until it sounds right to all six guys in the band. Has the change in studio gear/applications impacted the sound of the band? How has digital technology and infinite tracks allowed Linkin Park to more fully realize their sound? There isn't really a trajectory for us when it comes to gear. Sometimes we keep it minimal; sometimes we want to use everything in the studio. But I can say definitively that we're children of the digital recording age. We've recorded to tape, but our writing style definitely benefits from being able to playlist lots of ideas in the computer, and put the best ideas together. The tricky part is knowing which ideas are the good ones. To solve that problem, we have weekly band meetings to listen to--and vote on--all the changes to the songs. Luckily, all our guys have a good ear for the songs, and a pretty consistent view of how they are progressing. How much experimenting do you do in the studio? Are you always looking for different vocal treatments/textures? Lately, we're doing a ton of experimentation.I don't want to give too much of it away, but we're having a lot of fun making new sounds.

"The new album actually doesn't sound a lot like "New Divide," but it sounds great."

Linkin Park have been successful right out of the gate how did it feel to achieve that type of success so early? Did you ever have to live up to your own celebrity? In retrospect, it was pretty weird. We had worked for a long time to make an album and make a name for ourselves, and suddenly we were blowing up bigger than we had ever imagined. I feel like our guys have done a pretty good job of keeping their heads on straight, in spite of everything that's happened. Can you address some of the more challenging moments for the band? In other words, if you had to pick a song or two that were most difficult to record in terms of translating the band's ideas onto a record, what might they be? There are tons of examples of songs that were a challenge for one reason or another. Each one seems to have its own complication! Most recently, "New Divide" was tough because, being a song for a big summer movie, it had a tight deadline. To be honest, the movie people had other bands they were considering in the beginning; all were successful bands worthy of having a song teamed with this movie.We were constantly under the time pressure to show Michael Bay and his team that our song would be the best one. Once we delivered it and they came back with a positive response, it felt we had won a race. Feelings about the Projekt Revolution tour did you achieve what you set out to accomplish? It's been great so far, and we look forward to seeing where it goes. It was amazing to finally take it outside the U.S.--and see it succeed. A lot of hard work from a lot of people goes into it, and we are appreciative of everyone involved. Once we get the next record done, we'll be looking to bring Project Revoution out once again, hopefully better every year. Closing comments: Any other news? Next tour? Videos? Game music? We're always really busy. Chester's Dead By Sunrise solo album will be coming out in September this year; I'll be doing a solo art show called Glorious Excess Dies in August here in L.A.; we're doing a video game for the iPhone; and meanwhile doing tours and working on the new record. Things are always busy, but the best way to keep up with everything is on linkinpark.com and mikeshinoda.com. Interview by Steven Rosen Ultimate-Guitar.Com 2009 Check out a video for "New Divide" at this location!

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    bla556
    sorry for double post plus morello wrote the solo for settle for nothing, which easily owns him a place in guitarist's heaven
    Freedomfight3r
    This better not be another MTM... And I see a few comments about RATM: LP =/= RATM. Never will. RATM surpasses them by MILES. RATM's live shows have so much more energy to them. More than LP is ever capable of producing (Coming from the experience of being in the Pit for BOTH bands, seperate gigs of course).
    TehPsychoChef
    Cool to the album info...I like all their music, but don't like M2M as much. And my thoughts on the LP and RATM discussion...they DO sound a lil similar, not much, linkin park definitely has more depth to it..
    GDrock!
    I mean compare "Place For My Head" to "Leave Out all The rest" u can really see a difference
    GDrock!
    I hope this album is more like Hybrid Theory. M2M was nothing like their old stuff. And like it says "The front of the new metal bands".. thats crap. they used to be new about 2 albums ago. now they're pop.
    limpidgreen345
    TheSoupDragon wrote: Yeah, that's not at all an incredibly stupid thing to say. If you honestly think LP and RATM sound the same you need to listen to more music. Morello is not like other guitarists in that he approaches the guitar from a completely different angle. Some of his riffs are simple, yes, but they sound REALLY good. Some are not, using multiple effects and unusual techniques. His solos are very unique. Also, you complain about Zack's lyrics... on a LP article? Really?
    Did you even read my post or do you just look for my name, quote it, and disagree by default? And seriously, LP and RATM are in the same basic genre of music. Did I say they sound "the same?"
    limpidgreen345 wrote: They have generally the same style and the go in different directions from there. Linkin Park has a bit more "depth" to their sound and it's structured alot differently.
    Do try to keep up. I defy you to explain exactly how LP and RATM differ so dramatically that I can't even make the comparison without being "stupid" as you put it. If I said that Linkin Park sounded like ABBA I'd be a blithering idiot and you would be entirely accurate in saying that they sound NOTHING alike. Finally, yeah, I made one passing comment about how I don't really like RATM at all, because RATM came up in the discussion. Hopefully you already gathered that. And for the record, yeah, I think Zack de la Rocha is a ego-masturbating hypocrite.
    screamsoftly
    I liked this band a lot when I was younger, and then I grew up. And now they're still here. I think they're cool guys though. I performed Shadow of the Day at an art show for my school and I got to write a cool guitar part for it which was fun. A new album could be cool.
    Jawkster
    Whatever their new sound will be, as a fan I'll appreciate it for the right reasons.
    TheSoupDragon
    limpidgreen345 wrote: flame843 wrote: Also The New Divide sounds exactly like What I've Done which I found kind of funny. Yeah, when I heard it on the radio the first time, that's exactly what I thought. "Oh, it's not What I've Done?" Vin2254 wrote: rookie level riffs? black sabbath had rookie level riffs. tons of metal guitarists have made a career out of rookie level riffs. and not one of them is nearly as creative at morello. technique and speed can be taught. but creativity can not. MonsterOfRock wrote: The "Know your Enemy" solo is actually a very clever one. Technical and cool. Tom Morello doesnt show half the skill he possesses either (he is taught by Batio, btw). Hes a guitarist that uses the same notes/power chords that any novice players can use, but indeed give em as much attitude as they can get, thats an achievement regardless of what anyone thinks. If ur unhappy with him being #26 in the Rolling Stones list, then go discuss why Kurt Cobain is #12 in the list @ the pit, if that list is THAT important to you. Uh, yeah, Sabbath had rookie-level riffs, therein lies my point, what exactly has Morello done that wasn't being done when he was a fetus? I'm not saying nobody's ever played rookie-level riffs... you're exactly right, TONS of metal guitarists have done the same thing. That doesn't make them good. But whatever, they can play whatever pleases them. Tom Morello is a GOOD guitarist. Not GREAT. There's a difference, just as there's a difference between FAST and GREAT as applies to so many metal guitarists.
    Yeah, that's not at all an incredibly stupid thing to say. If you honestly think LP and RATM sound the same you need to listen to more music. Morello is not like other guitarists in that he approaches the guitar from a completely different angle. Some of his riffs are simple, yes, but they sound REALLY good. Some are not, using multiple effects and unusual techniques. His solos are very unique. Also, you complain about Zack's lyrics... on a LP article? Really?
    bla556
    morello is basically playing rap beats on guitar, so of course his riffs are simple...but he's extremely innovative
    Wolverine76
    If any of you believe that "ohh but Hybrid Theory sounded better so do more of the same so i'm happy" is going to effect anyone but your own inability to accept a band growing (not "changing dramatically"), then you should give up on music forever. Where Linkin Park grew from Hybrid Theory to Minutes to Midnight, Metallica grew to create Death Magnetic. I am not saying "well i like linkin park and if you dont then screw you", but that everyone should widen their minds and accept that bands GROW. And as a personal note- LINKIN PARK= AWESOMENESS.
    Patrijz
    I guess I'm just waiting for them to create a new unique sound like we've never heard before... like they did with Hybrid Theory! I like a more heavier approach, but my personal problem was that M2M was to 'simple' and 'flat'... Without all the effects and tight producing I felt like the 'simple' guitarplaying exposed too much, letting it sound kind of 'talentless'... So I guess my hopes go to a heavier and more technically challenging new album!
    limpidgreen345
    j-walk wrote: Everytime a new album comes out the comments all read the same " dont like as much as thier old stuff" you cant re create. It just doesnt happen.Take these albums for what they are. Im sure these artists new albums are pretty good. Either that or youll just have to keep looking for new bands to listen to thier first couple of albums.
    Yeah, no kidding... some of these people here complaining about wanting the "old stuff." EVERY group's sound evolves over time. These people should try listening to groups that have more than 4 albums to see how groups can turn into something totally different over time. They don't have to like it... and they still have the old stuff to listen to.
    §ynysterSte
    epic guys i so cant wait for the new album, i hope it hes right when it doesnt sound like M2M. But the old LP sound will be missed, i hope this new sound will be great as i have alot of expectations for the upcoming album. Chester more screaming in this one, ur voice wasnt tested on M2M apart from like 3 songs LP RULEEE
    Vedicardi
    Pop rarely, if ever makes for epic. Most epic pop songs are just ripping off classical music though, very few of them are original.
    j-walk
    Everytime a new album comes out the comments all read the same " dont like as much as thier old stuff" you cant re create. It just doesnt happen.Take these albums for what they are. Im sure these artists new albums are pretty good. Either that or youll just have to keep looking for new bands to listen to thier first couple of albums.
    xXChimairaXx
    Hopefully this new album won't be a depressing piece of junk. Stop trying to please teenagers and go back to the roots that made you famous.
    limpidgreen345
    flame843 wrote: Also The New Divide sounds exactly like What I've Done which I found kind of funny.
    Yeah, when I heard it on the radio the first time, that's exactly what I thought. "Oh, it's not What I've Done?"
    Vin2254 wrote: rookie level riffs? black sabbath had rookie level riffs. tons of metal guitarists have made a career out of rookie level riffs. and not one of them is nearly as creative at morello. technique and speed can be taught. but creativity can not.
    MonsterOfRock wrote: The "Know your Enemy" solo is actually a very clever one. Technical and cool. Tom Morello doesnt show half the skill he possesses either (he is taught by Batio, btw). Hes a guitarist that uses the same notes/power chords that any novice players can use, but indeed give em as much attitude as they can get, thats an achievement regardless of what anyone thinks. If ur unhappy with him being #26 in the Rolling Stones list, then go discuss why Kurt Cobain is #12 in the list @ the pit, if that list is THAT important to you.
    Uh, yeah, Sabbath had rookie-level riffs, therein lies my point, what exactly has Morello done that wasn't being done when he was a fetus? I'm not saying nobody's ever played rookie-level riffs... you're exactly right, TONS of metal guitarists have done the same thing. That doesn't make them good. But whatever, they can play whatever pleases them. Tom Morello is a GOOD guitarist. Not GREAT. There's a difference, just as there's a difference between FAST and GREAT as applies to so many metal guitarists.
    Obie
    i was into hybrid theory when it came out because that was one of the few cds i had access to as a wee lad, but mark my words, linkin park will not last. and mike shinoda is definitely NOT the most talented man in the music business... jesus christ, anyone who thinks that needs to listen to more music, and not the radio.
    ElDiabloMuerte
    I have two points to make. Firstly, I am a big fan of Linkin Park and I enjoyed all their albums equally, agreeing with Hybrid_Bullet's statement. However, I think New Divide is a ridiculuosly generic song and hope to **** that it won't be anything like their new album. Secondly, in response to the Tom Morello argument, I'm pretty sure a great guitarist is one who knows how to utilise their playing (Such as Tom) rather than one is super fast or super complex.
    Vin2254
    limpidgreen345 wrote: They have generally the same style and the go in different directions from there. Linkin Park has a bit more "depth" to their sound and it's structured alot differently. I actually can't stand RATM for the most part. For me at least, listening to Morello play rookie-level riffs while Zack de la Rocha yells about how much he hates everything got old a LONG time ago.
    rookie level riffs? black sabbath had rookie level riffs. tons of metal guitarists have made a career out of rookie level riffs. and not one of them is nearly as creative at morello. technique and speed can be taught. but creativity can not.
    TwistedLogic
    Based on what I have read about the band, what I have heard from Minutes to Midnight, I think LP should be focused on writing sold songs, rather than experimenting with their sound. Without a strong core of songs to work with you can experiement to the cows come home but will still have crappy tunes. There first record was not all that great adn the song writing became a lot better on Meteora, then seemed to slip on Minutes. They need to get back to song writing basics because if they lay another stinker like Minutes it will be hard to come back.
    metallica144
    since minutes to midnight i consider LP just as sell-outs. Of course you can experiment with your sound but why would you destroy a sound/style that made you big? and i dont believe that they're going to go back to the style of the 1st 2 albums, they prefer the mainstream and not the hardcore LP fans
    flame843
    I was a big Linkin Park fan in middle school back when I thought they were the be-all-end-all of rock music, but they got old and stale for me after I started listening to more different kinds of music. That being said, I enjoyed Minutes to Midnight because they sort of "played outside the box" and tried different styles than what was essentially the formula for their first two albums. I think if these guys continue to try out new ideas and don't limit themselves to being radio-friendly, they'll be more worthwhile musically. I mean, I can appreciate people wanting them to sound like they did on the first albums for nostalgia's sake, but I'd honestly be happier with them if they keep surprising me. Also The New Divide sounds exactly like What I've Done which I found kind of funny.
    Wolverine76
    Wow. It seems EVERYBODY on this comment section is completely and utterly biased. With everybody whinging about which album THEY like, and which albums Linkin Park SHOULD be making, it's unbelievable that everybody thinks Linkin Park cares about what THEY want. As Mike Shinoda and the rest of Linkin have mentioned so many times, they love to make music. And it is because of this love that they make this music. Anyone who knows Mike Shinoda or reads his blog, knows that he HATES the idea of artists selling out, and constantly gives information on how to avoid falling victim to destructive labels with money on their minds.
    Zalcron
    Wolverine76 wrote: If any of you believe that "ohh but Hybrid Theory sounded better so do more of the same so i'm happy" is going to effect anyone but your own inability to accept a band growing (not "changing dramatically"), then you should give up on music forever. Where Linkin Park grew from Hybrid Theory to Minutes to Midnight, Metallica grew to create Death Magnetic. I am not saying "well i like linkin park and if you dont then screw you", but that everyone should widen their minds and accept that bands GROW. And as a personal note- LINKIN PARK= AWESOMENESS.
    sorry for the double post but...QFT man....that's what i've been trying to point out to all the ignant haters out there.
    MonsterOfRock
    limpidgreen345 wrote: shwilly wrote: limpidgreen345 wrote: He got ranked #26 on the Rolling Stone top 100 guitarists of all time... Bullshit. 1- Since when do people above the age of 12 care about any of those lameass Rolling Stone lists? 2- Let's hear you play the solo from "Know Your Enemy" 3- Or in fact, let's hear you come up with any song that has made millions of festivalgoers bounce in unision to such an extent that people have even registered small earthquakes during their performances Why are we even bringing up guitar skills at a Linkin Park interview? If you can play One Step Closer you can play them all, really. That doesn't necessarily make them shitty tho... Oh, get off it... 1- That's OBVIOUSLY my point. 2- I didn't get ranked #26, did I, wiseass, and if "Know Your Enemy" blows your mind you apparently don't listen to very much music. 3- I might not be able to come up with a song that makes a bunch of mindless fist-pumping suburban white kids go crazy but if you have the capacity to count frets and you don't have advanced rheumatoid arthritis you can do pretty much whatever Tom Morello can do. Linkin Park never pretends to be a "guitar band" in the technical sense. It's just not the style of music they play, which is perfectly fine.
    The "Know your Enemy" solo is actually a very clever one. Technical and cool. Tom Morello doesnt show half the skill he possesses either (he is taught by Batio, btw). Hes a guitarist that uses the same notes/power chords that any novice players can use, but indeed give em as much attitude as they can get, thats an achievement regardless of what anyone thinks. If ur unhappy with him being #26 in the Rolling Stones list, then go discuss why Kurt Cobain is #12 in the list @ the pit, if that list is THAT important to you.
    limpidgreen345
    masterometal666 wrote: RATM: More funk-based and more hardcore hard rock than LP. Lyrics are all political in some way. Rapping dominates the foreground of the music. Tempos are usually mid-paced grooves that highlight De La Rocha's rants by hitting hard and leaving little room for a whole lot of melody, which gets the listener pumped up and ready for action. I always feel like I want to burn a building down or something after hearing "Down Rodeo" or "Calm Like a Bomb" and LP just doesn't do that for me. LP: I like the comment of having "more depth," because that describes it well. There's more allowance for melody and complexity. Rapping is used as an accessory rather than a main focus, because Chester is the frontman, he sings neraly all of the chorus lines and his voice dominates all of the singing parts. The sound is more alt-rock based as opposed to funk. Lyrics are based upon emotions and angst and al of that stuff. (Much more personal.)
    WOW... somebody here can actually articulate what they think! Thank you!!! LOL. Thanks to the TheSoupDragon who is far too obtuse, and functionally illiterate on top of that, I've been having to focus on what they have in common rather than what sets them apart. I have little to add... you nailed it on the head.
    bazza92
    Linkin Park are excellent muso's you wannabe guitarists just can't grasp the fact that they're growing as people and as they grow their music changes. Only the shit band have the same sound forever, they can't develop and learn from their experieces/music. Yes M2M is very different from their original albums, but if that had been their first and then they released hybrid theory you would hate that instead because its "too different" -___-
    jjband93
    idk y everyone hates m2m i thought it was pretty good. of course their old stuff was alot better but m2m is still pretty good. i still cant wait for their new album
    ark1294
    in the eyes of LP's old skool fans, 4 most of their old skool fans the new album will make them or break them. Cause if this album isnt a step closer or heavier than their old stuff, bye bye the real old skool LP fans that made them popular. but its never 2 late 2 hope 4 something better. so, if they really care about their old and real fans, they really shud go bak 2 their original sounds!
    knifeline98
    oi i love linkin park, they were my first heavy band that i ever got into, back when i was in 3rd grade (haha), but i just hope they truly are TRANSFORMING their sound back into heavier and more catchy stuff. M2M made me want to gag. They sold out completely and i did not like it. They need to go back to basics and figure out what they really want to do, and stick with that sound. I think they sounded best on Meteora, with Hybrid coming up in a very close second. But either way, i just want the new album to come out so we all can put the old one behind us...it was such a nightmare. But, hopes high for the new album!
    [max105]
    i'm actually not a fan of lp but i kinda like some songs like faint papercut bleed it out and stuff but i think they're changing too much... no more rap and no more yelling and that kinda sucks
    Flints
    You shouldn't be so closed minded and say"rarara I want Heavy rarara" It is true they should re-introduce heavy riffs into their music but should keep heading in the direction they started when they did m2m which is the element of a matured sound that the band has now developed
    ark1294
    They shud make an album very similar 2 Hybrid Theory and Meteora, but this time the Nu Metal shud b much heavier!
    arnob_oblique
    limpidgreen345 wrote: flame843 wrote: Also The New Divide sounds exactly like What I've Done which I found kind of funny. Yeah, when I heard it on the radio the first time, that's exactly what I thought. "Oh, it's not What I've Done?" Vin2254 wrote: rookie level riffs? black sabbath had rookie level riffs. tons of metal guitarists have made a career out of rookie level riffs. and not one of them is nearly as creative at morello. technique and speed can be taught. but creativity can not. MonsterOfRock wrote: The "Know your Enemy" solo is actually a very clever one. Technical and cool. Tom Morello doesnt show half the skill he possesses either (he is taught by Batio, btw). Hes a guitarist that uses the same notes/power chords that any novice players can use, but indeed give em as much attitude as they can get, thats an achievement regardless of what anyone thinks. If ur unhappy with him being #26 in the Rolling Stones list, then go discuss why Kurt Cobain is #12 in the list @ the pit, if that list is THAT important to you. Uh, yeah, Sabbath had rookie-level riffs, therein lies my point, what exactly has Morello done that wasn't being done when he was a fetus? I'm not saying nobody's ever played rookie-level riffs... you're exactly right, TONS of metal guitarists have done the same thing. That doesn't make them good. But whatever, they can play whatever pleases them. Tom Morello is a GOOD guitarist. Not GREAT. There's a difference, just as there's a difference between FAST and GREAT as applies to so many metal guitarists.
    go ahead and make a so called rookie-level solo which makes us jump, hell go ahead and create a guitar tone which hasnt been heard before, just be sth/sumone to comment on a legend. If ur cat can play the tom morello riffs and still people love them thats because the greatness of his music comes from the simplicity! sick of these wannabes in ug.
    TheSoupDragon
    I don't see why a description of the two bands is even needed, I mean, surely ears are all you need? But yes, whatever, 'argument' ended. I hope. Oh, and 'limp' - I listen to a very varied amount of music. I liked LP a few years ago, I still love RATM.
    limpidgreen345
    DoomsdayArsenal wrote: Haha I will admit when I took my first few months of guitar lessons, Audioslave was ALL I learned haha. It made me feel so badass to be able to play "Cochise." He makes it sound pretty good in the context of the song and Cornell's amazing vocals, but I will admit it is easy stuff to play.
    That's what I mean... I'm not trying to say he's awful, because he uses the simplicity of the riffs to his advantage. You listen to it and then go try to play it and you're left thinking, "Wow, that's all it is?"
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    DoomsdayArsenal
    limpidgreen345 wrote: Tordyboi wrote: Simple guitar riffs? Tom morello's riffs are 100% more technical than LP. My cat can play Morello riffs.
    Haha I will admit when I took my first few months of guitar lessons, Audioslave was ALL I learned haha. It made me feel so badass to be able to play "Cochise." He makes it sound pretty good in the context of the song and Cornell's amazing vocals, but I will admit it is easy stuff to play.
    masterometal666
    Finally... I again defy you to explain exactly how LP and RATM are vastly different, because they aren't. Either you listen to an exceptionally narrow variety of music or you're here because you think it's fun to call people "stupid" when they won't kiss your ass.
    OK and sorry for the triple too. I'm too ADD I guess. Lol. But allow me to explain: RATM: More funk-based and more hardcore hard rock than LP. Lyrics are all political in some way. Rapping dominates the foreground of the music. Tempos are usually mid-paced grooves that highlight De La Rocha's rants by hitting hard and leaving little room for a whole lot of melody, which gets the listener pumped up and ready for action. I always feel like I want to burn a building down or something after hearing "Down Rodeo" or "Calm Like a Bomb" and LP just doesn't do that for me. LP: I like the comment of having "more depth," because that describes it well. There's more allowance for melody and complexity. Rapping is used as an accessory rather than a main focus, because Chester is the frontman, he sings neraly all of the chorus lines and his voice dominates all of the singing parts. The sound is more alt-rock based as opposed to funk. Lyrics are based upon emotions and angst and al of that stuff. (Much more personal.)
    SERLITZ
    wow i got goosebumps when i heard the new album isnt gonna be like new divide..man i kind of hate that song lol i hope the new album sound like old LP
    huevos
    limpidgreen345 wrote: LP has sold 50 million albums NOT because they're on the cutting edge of musical innovation but because they make catchy music people want to listen to. Don't be surprised when they keep playing music that people want to listen to. "What I've Done" was a chart-topper. "New Divide" is a chart-topper. People obviously want to listen to that. Here he seems to be saying they'll go in a different direction on the new album. But some of the people here will just have to come to grips with the fact that they're going change like the other posts are saying. I'm not a huge fan of LP's music or anything but I like listening to them... they're just easy to listen to. Mike Shinoda seems to be pretty cool, they all seem to be pretty good guys.
    It's not necessarily that they want to listen to that, it just happens to be easy to listen to. I'm not one for Linkin Park (I don't find them entertaining), but Mike Shinoda has some sick rhymes in Ft. Minor. If he gets more vocal time on this record, it might be worthwhile. I would prefer him as the frontman of LP, no doubt about it. Of course, they probably wouldn't have become as famous, but Idc about that either way.
    limpidgreen345
    LP has sold 50 million albums NOT because they're on the cutting edge of musical innovation but because they make catchy music people want to listen to. Don't be surprised when they keep playing music that people want to listen to. "What I've Done" was a chart-topper. "New Divide" is a chart-topper. People obviously want to listen to that. Here he seems to be saying they'll go in a different direction on the new album. But some of the people here will just have to come to grips with the fact that they're going change like the other posts are saying. I'm not a huge fan of LP's music or anything but I like listening to them... they're just easy to listen to. Mike Shinoda seems to be pretty cool, they all seem to be pretty good guys.