Linkin Park has revealed new song "Guilty All the Same."
The song became available for downloading through Shazam. It's very agressive and angry tune, featuring heavy guitar shredding, and rapping section from Rakim. Strange choice, remembering that the band already has Mike Shinoda as the rapper. But, as Shinoda himself told CBS, it came pretty naturally.
"The reason we went with this single first is that we think it's a good look into the DNA of the record that we're putting out this summer. [Rakim] is like one of my idols. If you get into the nitty-gritty of his rhyme pattern and the topic in this song, it's bananas what he is doing. He's on the some Steve Vai s--t vocally."
In the same interview Shinoda explained the direction the band has chosen for the song (which is, obviously, not typical for Linkin Park):
"A few months ago I was making some demos and writing this stuff and it sounded like something that you could play on the radio. I listen to a lot of indie music ... And I was listening to the demos and thought, I don't want to make any of that music. What is it that's not out there right now that I'm all about, that I'm fired up about that is a void? It ended up being this new material.
"It's louder; it's more visceral than probably anything we've done recently. And we're all really proud of it."
Shinoda explained the music and passion on this record are rooted in the band's earliest memories of their favorite punk rock bands, those bands weren't afraid to try something different. "There's an energy, an aggression and a meaning, like this attitude that I've got something to say and I need to get this out," he said.
Listen to the song below.