MTV First: Linkin Park's 'Final Masquerade' Video

Beware of shape shifters. You've been warned.

You could be forgiven for assuming that the video for Linkin Park's "Final Masquerade" is the trailer for some brooding, post-apocalyptic summer blockbuster. What with the crying babies in the middle of the street, menacing white wolves, armies of mysterious hooded figures, white (and black) winged angels, cities enveloped in dust and smoke and graffiti that reads "the end is near" and "beware of shape shifters."

Add in Chester Bennington's urgent vocals and you have a dramatic picture of fading hope for what could have been on the latest single from the band's The Hunting Party album. "The light on the horizon was brighter yesterday," he sings. "With shadow floating over, the scars begin to fade/ We said it was forever, but then it slipped away/ Standing at the end of the final masquerade."

The five-minute clip was directed by Mark Pellington, the famed auteur behind such iconic videos as Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" and U2's "One," as well as Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper" and Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up." It features Pellington's signature mix of vivid imagery and haunting, slightly out of focus, dream-like flashes of dread and mystery.

Check out this clip of the band performing "Until It's Gone" at this weekend's mtvU Fandom awards.

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