Listen: Linkin Park Get Hard on ‘Guilty All The Same’

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Linkin Park surprised fans on Wednesday Mar 5 with a new song, “Guilty All The Same,” the first taste of their upcoming new album. 

“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,” Shinoda told Radio.com at a press conference announcing Linkin Park’s upcoming tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI. “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.”

He added, “It’s louder; it’s more visceral than probably anything we’ve done recently. And we’re all really proud of it.”

The song, which you can hear on Radio.com, is certainly a stylistic departure for Urban Outfitters’ pseudo-revolutionary poster boys. That is, until Chester Bennington’s vocal returns to remind us that vaguely oppressed anger is the one flavor we’re getting from Linkin Park, ad nauseam. MC Rakim steps in for a few lines, giving Mike Shinoda’s painfully terrible rapping a break. 

“That’s like one of my idols,” exclaimed Shinoda. “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 shit vocally.”

“It really is a highlight of the song,” added Chester Bennington.

Linkin Park kick off the 25-city Carnivores tour on August 8 in West Palm Beach, FL.