Because, in a surprise move, LP just unveiled a brand-new single, a raucous, rocket-launcher assault called “Guilty All The Same.”
The song — which the band premiered Thursday (March 6) through Shazam — marks a definite departure from the arty atmospherics the band explored on recent albums A Thousand Suns and LIVING THINGS, returning instead to their hard-riffing roots.
The track opens with crunching chords and throbbing bass, then quickly builds to a breakneck pace, highlighted by a doomsday guitar solo and ominous, otherworldly synthesizers — it’s nearly 90 seconds until we hear the Chester Bennington’s vocals — and doesn’t let up from there, packing a widescreen chorus, a cameo by hip-hop legend Rakim, plenty of planetarium-ready pyro and even more squelching, squealing guitar into its six-minute running time.
In an interview with Radio.com, Shinoda described “Guilty All The Same” as “a good look into the DNA” of Linkin Park’s new album, due this summer, adding:
“A few months ago I was making some demos and writing this stuff and it sounded like something you could play on the radio … I don’t want to make any of that music. ['Guilty'] ended up being this new material. It’s louder; it’s more visceral than probably anything we’ve done recently.”
Something tells me Linkin Park fans would agree with those sentiments … and they can look forward to hearing “Guilty All The Same” — and, presumably, more songs off the band’s upcoming album — when LP hits the road with Thirty Seconds To Mars and AFI on Carnivores, set to kick off August 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida.