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Jul 9, 2010

A Thousand Suns

A Thousand Suns – September 14th with the lead single The Catalyst on August 2nd.

Here’s the official announcement:

No puzzles or hidden messages with this one. We’re excited to finally announce that our new album, A THOUSAND SUNS, will be released on September 14th.

The lead single for the album is called “The Catalyst.” It will be released on August 2nd.

Beginning tomorrow, July 9th, we’re teaming up with MySpace for “Linkin Park, Featuring You,” a contest which gives you the one-of-a-kind opportunity to be on our new album. We'll be giving you some audio from “The Catalyst,” and you get to take it from there; you can remix the parts, write something over them, or mute stuff and write something totally new. We may choose a remix of the song, and put it on the album…or, we may choose an amazing keyboardist, string quartet, guitarist, percussion group, or other musician, and invite them into the studio to play on one of our songs. No matter what instrument you play, you can win. We're open to anything good. All we ask is that you include any audible portion of any one of our stems in your submission.

Once you submit, the community (that's you) will vote, and the most popular stuff will rise to the top. Then, my bandmates and I will comb through the submissions, choose one winner, and they will be included on our album, A THOUSAND SUNS. Check out for contest details.

I think I've said enough for now. Thanks for your continued support. We’ve got more announcements coming, so keep checking for updates.


A Thousand Suns

As with every new album, Linkin Park have revamped their image, with a new font. Although they’ve used Bebas on their blog, I believe that the actual logo is a custom font.

The old LP logo has been retained, but has a scrambled look, in line with the images of the band members on







The name A Thousand Suns has been lifted from a quote in the Bhagavad Gita:

If the radiance of a thousand suns
Were to burst at once into the sky
That would be like the splendor of the Mighty one...
I am become Death,
The shatterer of Worlds.

It’s difficult to pinpoint the theme of this album, but I’d be more inclined towards nuclear war or peace. Combine that with Minutes to Midnight & you realise that Linkin Park are Watchmen fans! :P

The Catalyst

Well, it’s still a demo, so I wouldn’t express my views on that. But it’s time for all LP fans to understand that the nu-metal era is over. We’ll never have old LP again. :|


Rolling Stone reports on the new album:
Linkin Park On New Album 'A Thousand Suns,' Tour

For their last album Minutes to Midnight, Linkin Park collaborated with Rick Rubin for an LP that found the band moving away from their trademark rap-rock sound. Now the California crew is teaming up with Rubin again for A Thousand Suns — and the iconic producer has helped the band find a totally new voice. "On the last record, Rick's challenge was getting us to open up our perception of what our music could be," singer Chester Bennington tells Rolling Stone. "This time we realized it doesn't matter what the songs sound like. If we like it and it comes from us, it's Linkin Park." The group plans to release the album on September 14th while the first single, "The Catalyst," will arrive on August 2nd.

A Thousand Suns might be Linkin Park's most eclectic yet — with lyrics that address everything from the recession to the conflicts in the Middle East. One untitled track mixes Nine Inch Nails-style industrial punk with dreamy synth washes, while another lays a heavy hip-hop beat beneath Bennington's heartfelt vocal performance. “We’ve got rapport with radio stations and people who want to put our band on the front page of their site,” says Mike Shinoda, who co-produced the disc with Rubin. “They’re gonna give us a shot more so than a band they’ve never heard of. So we’ve got this opportunity to take bigger chances with our records and do something a little more challenging.” Adds Rubin, "The band is making music from a pure place."

Since releasing their last LP, frontmen Mike Shinoda and Chester pursued solo projects like Bennington's Dead By Sunrise and Shinoda's work with Hans Zimmer on the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen score. The time apart helped invigorate the band so much that they're already considering a follow-up. "At this point we're writing such great music that I almost want to go do 50 shows around the world and then get right back into making another record," Bennington says. "Once the ball starts rolling, it's all I want. It's like a drug."


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Update 2:

Album Art

A Thousand Suns Album Art

Track Listing

1. The Requiem
2. The Radiance
3. Burning In The Skies
4. Empty Spaces
5. When They Come For Me
6. Robot Boy
7. Jornada Del Muerto
8. Waiting For The End
9. Blackout
10. Wretches And Kings
11. Wisdom, Justice, And Love
12. Iridescent
13. Fallout
14. The Catalyst
15. The Messenger

Update 3:

Download The Catalyst here - 13MB mp3 320kbps - hotfile

Update 4:

A Thousand Suns

Whenever we finish an album, it's usually coupled with a block of text meant to describe it. The record company pays a “reputable” writer to craft their most exciting description of the music, in the hopes that it will help convince you to like it. But it seems to us that words usually don't do a great job of defining the sound of an album, so we thought we’d try something different and just tell you, directly from us, what was on our minds as we set out to make our new album, A Thousand Suns. We’ll leave the rest up to you.

Before you hear the music, we wanted you to know that this album was put together to be enjoyed as that: an album. We’re aware that many people are accustomed to small, single-song servings. In spite of that (or maybe because of it), we mean for this album to take you on a journey. If you decide to listen to the album in pieces, that’s fine; we just wanted to let you know there’s a part of the experience that only works when you listen to A Thousand Suns from beginning to end.

Listening to some of our favorite albums, it’s easy to forget that there was a moment in time, before their release, when they were just a crazy idea to an artist. We tried to keep that moment in mind as we were making this record. It provided us with the inspiration to take chances and not worry if at first something we tried was different or weird.

If you are already familiar with our band, you may notice a difference in the sound of this one. Part of it is because we love to try new things, and part of it is because there has been a sound that we've been waiting for in modern alternative music. We worked with Rick Rubin again on this record (he co-produced our last record) because he understood our vision of trying to capture this new sound.

We hope you enjoy the music and will come talk to us at

Brad, Chester, Dave, Joe, Mike, and Rob

PS: The people who work hard to promote our band wanted us to add a bunch of stats right here that are meant to impress you. We didn’t like that idea but, as a compromise, we agreed that we’d provide this link in case you want any of this information: We said that we’re pretty sure you’ve heard of Wikipedia but they didn’t believe us.

A Thousand Suns

We were not making an album.

For months, we'd been destroying and rebuilding our band. The experiments that resulted filled the studio hard drive with diverse, abstract sounds. Amorphous echoes, cacophonous samples, and handmade staccato merged into wandering, elusive melody. Each track felt like a hallucination.

We didn't know if any of those unorthodox ideas could be incorporated into a traditional album, but we knew we didn't want our next album to be predictable. Sitting together in the same studio where we made our first album, all six of us voiced a commitment to going out on a limb, to making something truly daring. We asked ourselves: were we all earnestly willing, more than ever before, to abandon the precepts of commercial ambition in pursuit of what we believe to be honest art?

The inclination to begin writing conventional songs for a conventional album came and went. The temptation to adjust our creative vision to fulfill expectations beyond our studio walls yielded to the audacious ambition of what he hoped to achieve as a band. The two years of making A Thousand Suns marked our exhilarating, surrealistic, and often challenging journey into the creative unknown.

On the eve of its completion, this body of work, assembled through unconscious inspiration and unmitigated exertion, has revealed to us notions both stirring and surprising. The album's personified imagery is neither dogma nor political premeditation. The emergent themes and metaphors illuminate a uniquely human story.

A Thousand Suns grapples with the personal cycle of pride, destruction, and regret. In life, like in dreams, this sequence is not always linear. And, sometimes, true remorse penetrates the devastating cycle. The hope, of course, springs from the notion that the possibility of change is born in our most harrowing moments.

Enjoy the music.

Linkin Park

Update 5:

A Thousand Suns leaked - download

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Kurt Avish said...

Waiting for this album. As for the demo above...huh...well... Somehow Hybrid Theory or Meteora wasn't better? :|

Anonymous said...

Never thought I dis LP but it sounds like a garage band.

Anonymous said...

i agree though the old stuff was better

Anonymous said...

old linkin park was better.....

Anonymous said...

Anyone who doesnt like the new LP and want them to return to their old sound isnt true fans. Obviously they are making music from their souls. its coming from them. Not what everyone wants to hear. You people seriously should know the band before judging the path they are going down. I love the demo so far and believe that for once...ive heard real music.

Anonymous said...

Good man, at last someone talking sense

Anonymous said...

Rick Rubin ruined this band..made them think...thinking is not good...just make good music, no thinking involved...they doubted the sound that made them successful and instead of evolving said sound...they recruited self proclaimed guru Rubin and their music suffered...LP is garbage now..this will be their last album.

Anonymous said...

This song is messed up, the electro and guitar never sounds right, bring back the old sound!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree 100% with the guy who bashed Rubin above.

They could have evolved their own sound (which is what MADE them famous in the first place and to an extent what they did on Meteora), but instead went completely sideways and f'd up everything.

Anonymous said...

Hey stupid, we want them to return to their roots because their original stuff was what made us fans. Obviously the fans who loved them from the beginning loved the sound then, and they also want it now. Is it wrong to want something that you can expect from the band you love? Instead, they're churning out soft shit that will make you sleep.

No true fans? You're talking outta your ass.

Anonymous said...

people who only want the old band back because they think it sounds better obviously don't know how to listen to music. They are insecure and afraid of change. As a musician as well, writing what people think you should write isn't the way to go. It will leave you unhappy and bring down your creative thoughts. I admit, Meteora was my favorite album by far, but that was different from hybrid, and minutes was different as well. So those who only want Hybrid and Meteora...I'm sure you have the CD' go listen to that AND STOP F*CKING B*TCHING! It is people like you that keeps groups and singers like Justin Beiber and Black Eyed Peas around. You just want what you expect. Get creative, and actually think and listen to music.

Anonymous said...

As I was reading through those comments above I agreed completely. When I first heard the catalyst on the radio I didn't like it one bit. I was like wtf this is linkin park? But after about 1 min into the song I started to get into it and crank the music up in my car. So when the album came out I immediately bought it no doubts in my mind. I must admit I was disappointed when I listened to it but maybe its just an album you have to get used to. Yes I would have liked more of their old stuff or even stuff very similar to the catalyst but reading the comment by the person above, I guess I agree. We need something different in the music industry at the moment. Something for you to question and experience I guess.
When I first heard one of linkin park's songs I was like what is this awesomeness? Its like rap, rock, screamo all combined! Like who what have thought mixing those genres was possible? And here they are again mixing rock with techno. Obviously this album is going to take a while to get used to because its the first time we are hearing this blend of genres. And that's what defines Linkin Park.

Anonymous said...

Lotsa BS talking here..
This album is kinda hard to digest. It's a real disappointment!
If you get use to this album then you'll certainly get use to singers and groups like Justin Beiber and Black Eyed Peas if you listen to their songs again and again.

Anonymous said...

Rock and techno have been mixed before by many bands and linkin park has always had a techno mix in with their music just not to this extent.. and agreed with the comment above, you shouldn't have to just get used to a CD. The sound should just pull you in along with the lyrics. The way music sounds is also just as important as the lyrics themselves

Anonymous said...

guys ... u think that you are the only ppl listening to linkin park ... i like this new genre .. and its a fact that it has brought many new fans to linkin park ...

Anonymous said...

I think this is Linkin Park's best album. And this is coming from a guy who also used to wish LP went back to their nu metal sound. But my taste in music changed eventually, and I hope that they never go back to being nu metal now. I hope they keep making new sounds and keep being "heavy without metal" like Wretches and Kings, for example. In my opinion, that is the best song ever made, along with Waiting For The End.

Samantha said...

I think this album is awesome and intense. I love all of their old albums, but this seems like a progression from that. It's truly an experience. The lyrics and sound of the album has so much imagery and a fullness that I haven't heard in most songs and its crazy/awesome to have that in a whole album! I can't find anything negative to say about it. I'm glad they have changed their sound, because that is what I've come to expect as a Linkin Park fan. I'm excited to hear what they come up with next.

Anonymous said...

This album sucked I still can't get past those terrible Jamaican accents on Wretches and Kings

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