Linkin Park Presented New Song 'Guilty All the Same'

It's surprisingly heavy and agressive, and features rapping section, but no Shinoda's voice.

Linkin Park Presented New Song 'Guilty All the Same'
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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.


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    THE ROZERS
    I had "forgotten" they could play like this. Just when I had "given up" they are now "one step closer" redemption.
    hudsonstradlin
    yeah, but in the end it doesn't even matter. good to see that they're breaking the habit of the last few albums though.
    shawnkenneth
    I'm 'With You!'. But we might just be getting Victimized by their PR. They did the same thing with Minutes to Midnight. But atleast they took the Roads Untraveled with this single.
    SocksAndTrees
    My girlfriend broke up with me.. But In The End... Or, for What I've Done, Because I was In Between... Or uh... Bye guys
    bangbang!!
    One benefit about being Linkin Park is that you can release a nearly 6-minute-long single and it will still get airplay because you're Linkin Park. Nice to see them taking advantage of that and releasing a kick-awesome jam.
    dragula15
    That's not awful at all!
    jamie_hough
    I was thinking that - first listen I was like "WOAH! Guitars are back!", but to be honest that riff on repeat listens is dull as anything. Not gonna write them off or anything, definitely a step in the right direction, lets just not get carried away I guess.
    Holoogamooga
    I love LP, but really, did they really ever have any spectacular riffs?
    danf183
    Riffs don't NEED to be on a Eletric guitar. I think we can consider Numb, In the End, Faint's intro, etc as good riffs. But, LP was always about great vocal melodies. Sorry the awful english.
    Surphyse
    Linkin Park has never been known for its complex guitar riffs. The hardest Linkin Park guitar riff I could think of is that of A Place for my Head. Brad is definitely capable of making complex guitar riffs but that has never been the point of Linkin Park. Mike wants the simple but powerful kind of music. Linkin Park's riffs are riffs that any person with basic guitar knowledge and practice can play but everyone loves them nevertheless.
    s7peterson
    I know! I'm going to get a lot of downvotes for this, but I think that is easily one of their best songs. And that outro solo though, that wah pedal they have was finally put to good use! really pumped for the new album.
    chords7
    it is a step in the direction of actually being heavy but the song sounds greatly uninspired. The vocals especially sound lackluster which is uncommon for this band. Chester usually manages to keep an audience with how talented he is but this sounds just like an early draft for an actual vocal part. And the guitar part is pretty average sounding. It just sounds like the first thing a band jammed out. Its ok, but it sounds like the song is "not quite there." Glad to see LP do something heavy but if its not quality then it doesn't really mean anything in the way of big comeback.
    travislausch
    Whoa. A Linkin Park song I could listen to over and over and over again? Hat, you're what's for dinner!
    threedaysgrace9
    Song is good. Production quality leaves much to be desired. If the whole album has this quality, it'll sound about like Minutes to Midnight. Therefore, LP logic is: Let's make 2 albums that are smooth as s*** and polished up, and then make an album that's as raw as an uncooked steak.
    JimBonJovi
    I'm all for musical progress but this is getting closer to their true roots. They try so hard not to be what made them, only to realize that, ultimately, this is what they're good & best at. I hope.
    Sebo
    "This song has been removed from audiomack due to a DMCA complaint." Are you effing kidding me ? I also didn't listen to the last track posted here because it was not available in my country. God do I hate the big record labels.
    Rimfrost
    I´m surprised at how good the drums sound, i really like the mixing on this one, sounds very natural and live, but yeah also a bit like a demo, but that´s imo better than how LP usually sound. Not a fan of LP, but this seems decent enough.
    jonathan.keeler
    It's okay, but damn that tone is nasty. And not in a good way.
    fromzero
    needs a bit more gain and mids scooped a hair.
    Eman2472
    it sounds like its only in a demo stage
    Surphyse
    It's either in the demo stage or Mike intentionally mixed it down like this. In an interview, he said he was influenced by indie bands and indie music. So my assumption would be he tried to go for that indie garage, almost punky, sound, not the high tech studio sound. If my assumption is true, then he nailed it. If not, oh well. There are lots of great song with terrible mixes.
    =(Cody=)
    You know, when people complain about Meteora and Hybrid Theory being LP's only good albums and that they've sucked ever since Minute to Midnight, I can't help but think about the fact that Meteora came out 11 years ago. The sound on those albums hasn't been "their sound" for over a decade. If you're still complaining and hanging on to that sound now, I think it's time for a reality check...
    rynlrkn2
    They said that they are only about 70-80% done with the album, so they might fix the mix and polish it up a bit. However I think the were shooting for the raw sound on this album
    welcomeblack
    Hah I've never heard a solo in a LP song before, so the ending was a nice surprise. Kinda borrowed from the book of Kirk Hammett though...