New Linkin Park Album Is 'Maybe the Loudest,' Band Ever Made, Mike Shinoda Explains

"We need to weed out the emo," the singer points out.

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Linkin Park mastermind Mike Shinoda discussed the band's upcoming album "The Hunting Party," once again stressing the need to go back to raw rock sound and dubbing the effort the band's loudest.

"Dude, what am I doing?" Mike asked himself regarding the radio-friendly approach the band's been taking in recent years.

"We need to weed out a lot of the soft, emo kind of approach to our music, and we need to weed out anything that feels aggressive for aggressive's sake," the singer added. "We're not 18-year-old kids making a loud record - we're 37-year-old adults making a loud record. And what makes a 37-year-old angry is different than what made us angry back in the day."

Noting that the new stuff will have a hard time getting radio airplay, Shinoda pointed out that first and foremost he believes in music.

"We didn't make the heaviest record of all time," he noted. "I'm very aware that there are super, super heavy bands out there that make music that is really, really gnarly. We didn't make a Botch record. We didn't make a Meshuggah record. We made a really loud and aggressive Linkin Park record, maybe the loudest we've made."

Previously discussing the state of rock and indie scene with Noisey, Mike didn't have a hard time in opening up. "It's stupid. It's so f--kin' dumb," he said. "It's the same thing when 'alternative' happened. An alternative to what, y'know? It became pop. The alternative to alternative was, like, nu-metal. Which, again, became dumb. All these scenes ... I don't know, man. There just becomes a point where people are playing monkey-see, monkey-do, and it just cheapens the whole scene. That got weird."

"The Hunting Party" is due out on June 17. More info here.

64 comments sorted by best / new / date

    bazzabaz1
    Oh man I am super psyched to hear this new record. Tbh, I am one of the fanboys who only really liked their Meteora and Hybrid Theory sound.
    SstanN
    Aren't we all?
    deathly_creep
    "And what makes a 37-year-old angry is different than what made us angry back in the day." So instead of screaming out lyrics about their parents beating them and being unloved, they'll scream about their kids not doing their homework or how the dishes pile up. Can't wait for this record.
    stoltobot
    Every time a band says the exact thing I'd like them to say, their end product never lives up to the expectations their words have built up in my head.
    Archer250
    I'm considering listening to this, given the balls Shinoda has shown in the last article.
    deathdemon89
    Shinoda's keepin' it real in these interviews, and that psyches me up even more for the new album.
    echoshard1
    I don't expect Hybrid Theory out of this, but hopefully the album will be more friendly to a rock music listener
    District
    It's great for a lot of people that they're going back to a heavier sound, but why bash the sound of the previous two albums? Have the guts to stand behind your own choices.
    NoInnerKind
    I hope the rest of the album is a step up from Guilty All The Time. The music sounded good, but Chester's vocals were weak. Here's hoping things pick up on the rest of the album.
    GoodCharloteSux
    Good for them not letting radio or past efforts dictate today. I haven't been a fan since Meteora but I heared Guilty All The Same and was thorough;y impressed, very well written I think
    stiltsdajumz
    Wait.. If there's no emo going on.. Then where will angsty 13-year olds listen to?
    matteo cubano
    where will angsty 13-year olds listen to? you should write for UG
    bradd101
    Asking Alexandria, Falling In Reverse and Black Veil Brides... unfortunately
    tennesseehild
    AA, if I may be so bold, seems to be stepping away from their angsty teenage fan directed music. I personally found their most recent effort refreshing and let it run a few rotations on my stereo. All though it is by no means as amazing as: Lamb of God, 80's Metallica, Megadeth, Way of the Fist 5FDP, or Battlecross, which recieve constant rotation in my stereo, I feel as though the band is beginning to mature and grow up; notice I say beginning.
    Year Zero
    This is the same guy and band who follows every trend out there. The proof is in the records. First they were nu-metal , then numetal /emo hybrid, then they went electronica. All have been trends and they switch at any sign. Mike Shinoda is a tool. By the way rap again its the only thing your half way decent at.
    Holoogamooga
    They were never nu-metal without emo, and there's been at least some rap on every album.
    TryTheKetchup
    Well, A Thousand Suns appeared in 2010, when album rock and THAT kind of electronics were quite unpopular.
    guitarlad89
    loudest band ever made? Courtney Love huggs Grohl? Ahh, who am I kidding, the monkeys are just typing away at UG.
    eriml
    they're not saying they are the loudest band, they're saying is the band's loudest album... learn to read
    shauns1810
    Is saying an album is loud not a bit subjective, I mean if I play a loud album, even if it's been recorded, mixed and produced really loud and I play it through my stereo at a low volume, then it's a quiet album. By loud does he mean heavy; or does he mean that they are going to record it really loud then compress the ****ing out of?
    minor7
    You'll never get the emo out of Linkin Park. It's just the way they sound. Kinda sad, but it is the truth.
    JimBonJovi
    I'd rather listen to Coldplay's new album than this. Just kidding! I'm really looking forward to this one. Mike has been hyping it quite well. Time to rally the 1999 to 2003 LP fans!
    Carl LOG
    Well if the albums gonna be just like Guilty All The Same then I'm predicting a piece of shit... cause it sounded really cheap to me. I hope that was just a quick release just to get something out and they thought everything through and worked more for the rest of the album cause them going back to heavy with a fresh mind does sound promising... I'm just not gonna be too optimistic until I find out myself
    Apocalypse4162
    My first ever CD was Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory. I think their biggest mistake was removing guitar and guitar noises from their music, as well as the hip hop scratching aspect of Mr. Hahn. I hope they bring a lot of their roots back. Just please no dubstep or electronic-emo haha
    bakutakamine
    Wow. I'm surprised about this whole article. I was just talking to my friend the car in the other day about how pop these guys got. I hope they actually do put out there heaviest record yet, it sounds like they really didn't like that sell-out shit they were doing. But yet again, we discussed probably one of there biggest mistakes was removing rapping from there music. If they actual never have I don't know because I just thought there lastest singles in recent years were so bad that I didn't want to hear any whole project. Even as a kid I though minutes to midnight was so much gayer then there first two projects. That were yes amazingly emo and trendy and bla bla but at least you could tell it was Likin Park.
    evanfurillo
    I hate to say it, but it's gonna suck. I feel like they're only making a heavier record because the fans want one. It's gonna be heavy for the sake of being heavy instead of having any real feeling to it. Hope they prove me wrong though.
    TryTheKetchup
    You, sir, haven't read the previous interviews.Besides, the fans are yelling for the heavier record since Minutes to Midnight, and it's 2007. LP could listen to them even before A Thousand Suns, but nope.Just relax and wait for it, they will deliver good music as always(I will be really downvoted to hell for daring to say Linkin Park are producing good music, but whatever).