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- Part Of Me
- Papercut
- One Step Closer
- Crawling
- In The End
- A Place For My Head
- Cure For The Itch
- Session
- The Little Things Give You Away
- Victimized
- Roads Untraveled
- Skin To Bone
- Until It Breaks
- A Light That Never Comes
- New Divide
- We Made It


Looks like I can't add anything else to the main post, so I'm just gonna put this here:

2014
Edit (06/03):
Guilty All The Same


Edit (May 11):

Reading My Eyes
Easier To Run
Keys To The Kingdom
All For Nothing
Rebellion
Drawbar
Qwerty
26 Lettaz In Da Alphabet
Across The Line
No Roads Left


Edit (May 14):

What I've Done
Issho Ni
Not Alone
Resurrection


Edit (May 22):

All For Nothing
Guilty All The Same
Rebellion
Complimentary


Edit (May 24):

High Voltage
My December


Edit (June 04):

One Step Closer
Breaking The Habit
War


Edit (19 June 2014):

All For Nothing
Guilty All The Same
Rebellion
Drawbar
Final Masquerade


Edit (16 July 2014):

Reading My Eyes
All For Nothing
Guilty All The Same
Rebellion
Drawbar
Horizons


Edit (21/07):

And One
Part Of Me
Robot Boy
Lies Greed Misery
Victimized
Skin To Bone


Edit (30/07):

Papercut
Points Of Authority
In The End
Forgotten
Carousel
Step Up
All For Nothing
What I've Done


Edit (20/08):

Keys To The Kingdom
Crawling


Edit (03 September 2014):

Given Up
We Made It
Pictureboard


Edit (06/09):

One Step Closer
Somewhere I Belong
Crawling
Pushing Me Away


Edit (07/09):

A Light That Never Comes
Castle Of Glass (M. Shinoda Remix)
Victimized (M. Shinoda Remix)
Roads Untraveled (Rad Omen Remix feat. Bun B)
Until It Breaks (Datsik Remix)
A Light That Never Comes (Rick Rubin Reboot)


Edit (11/09):

It's Goin' Down
X-Ecutioner Style
Easier To Run
Somewhere I Belong
Breaking The Habit


Edit (14/09):

I'll Be Gone
Enth E ND
Krwlng
P5hng Me A*wy
Bleed It Out


Edit (15/09):

What I've Done
1Stp Klosr
Krwlng
Pts.Of.Athrty
H! Vltg3
Blackbirds
Dedicated


Edit (16/09):

Frgt/10
H! Vltg3
Pts.Of.Athrty
Buy Myself
P5hng Me A*wy
Enth E ND

Krwlng
Plc.4 Mie Hæd
Ppr:Kut
Rnw@y
High Voltage
It's Goin' Down
Blue
Crawling
Somewhere I Belong



Edit (21/09):


My December (DJ Crook Remix feat. DJ Shadow)
With You
Papercut
One Step Closer
Pushing Me Away
A Light That Never Comes


Edit (24/09):

X-Ecutioner Style
Enth E ND
Frgt/10



Edit (26/09):

A Light That Never Comes



Edit (05/10):

Machine Shop Mixtape song



Edit (09/10):

A Light That Never Comes
Victimized (M. Shinoda Remix)
A Light That Never Comes (Rick Rubin Reboot)
Fucking Awesome
My December (DJ Crook Remix feat. DJ Shadow)
The Visionaries song
Remix with Tech N9ne



Edit (12/10):

Wth>You
Leave Out All The Rest
Given Up
No More Sorrow
The Little Things Give You Away



Edit (29/11):

Rebellion



Edit (06/12):

Breaking The Habit


2015
Edit (08/01/2015):



Skin To Bone





Edit (26/01/2015):

Horizons
Guilty All The Same
All For Nothing
Rebellion












Edit (08/02/2015):

Devil's Drop





Edit (18/02/2015):

Final Masquerade (Acoustic)
Wake
Given Up
Leave Out All The Rest
Bleed It Out
Shadow Of The Day
What I've Done
Hands Held High
No More Sorrow
Valentine's Day
In Between
In Pieces
The Little Things Give You Away



Edit (19/02/2015):

Iridescent



Edit (13/03/2015):

Horizons
Final Masquerade (Acoustic)




Edit (19/03/2015):

Wretches And Kings








Edit (05/05/2015):

A Light That Never Comes
Darker Than Blood





Edit (23/05/2015):

Lost In The Echo
In My Remains
I'll Be Gone
Burn It Down
Roads Untraveled
Until It Breaks










Edit (24/05/2015):

A Line In The Sand
Blackout



Edit (27/05/2015):

Final Masquerade







Edit (26/06/2015):

When They Come For Me
Waiting For The End
Until It Breaks



Edit (29/06/2015):

Darker Than Blood



Edit (30/06/2015):

Lockjaw
New Divide






Edit (05/07/2015):

Wretches (Remix)



Edit (27/07/2015):

The Catalyst
Burning In The Skies



Edit (03/08/2015):

Bleed It Out



Edit (04/08/2015):

Aubrey One
Malathion+Tritonus
Berlin One, Version C
Blanka
Heartburn
Breaking The Habit (Original Mike 2002 Demo)
Dave Sbeat feat. Joe
Froctagon
Rhinocerous
After Canada



Edit (10/08/2015):

Breaking The Habit



Edit (12/08/2015):

Lost In The Echo
Victimized
A Line In The Sand
A.06
Carousel
Part Of Me
The Wizard Song


Edit (18/08/2015):

Hands Held High
Waiting For The End
Until It Breaks
Qwerty
Leave Out All The Rest
Nobody's Listening
Bleed It Out


Edit (21/08/2015):

Leave Out All The Rest


Edit (25/08/2015):

New Divide


Edit (31/08/2015):

It's Goin' Down








Edit (03/10/2015):

Dust Brothers song
One Step Closer
With You
Points Of Authority
Cure For The Itch
A Place For My Head
Papercut
Crawling
In The End


Edit (07/10/2015):

Qwerty


Edit (16/10/2015):

Remix with Tech N9ne


Edit (18/10/2015):

One Step Closer


Edit (19/10/2015):

In The End


Edit (24/10/2015):

Crawling


Edit (02/11/2015):

X-Ecutioner Style
Runaway
Crawling
Numb
Faint
A Place For My Head
With You
Given Up
Castle Of Glass
Blackout
Easier To Run
Robot Boy
Iridescent
In The End
Shadow Of The Day
Papercut
Breaking The Habit
Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying From You
Numb/Encore
Covers


Edit (06/11/2015):

Bleed It Out
Qwerty
What I've Done
The Little Things Give You Away


Edit (07/11/2015):

Shadow Of The Day


Edit (12/11/2015):

Lost In The Echo (The Dual Personality Remix)
Burn It Down (Charly Beck Remix)


Edit (08/12/2015):

I Have Not Begun
Announcement Service Public
Qwerty


Edit (11/12/2015):

Animals


Edit (15/12/2015):

TooLeGit


Edit (23/12/2015):

A Light That Never Comes


2016
Edit (14/01/2016):

My December
A Place For My Head
The Wizard Song
Breaking The Habit
Runaway
Somewhere I Belong
A.06
Basil
Krwlng
Papercut
From The Inside
It's Goin' Down


Edit (18/01/2016):

Nobody's Listening
Big Pimpin'/Papercut
Numb/Encore
Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer
Somewhere I Belong
From The Inside
Numb


Edit (22/01/2016):

Rock And Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This) Part 2


Edit (24/01/2016):

Pods


Edit (06/03/2016):

Grudgematch


Edit (07/03/2016):

Buy Myself


Edit (28/03/2016):

Lost In The Echo


Edit (16/04/2016):

Hurry


Edit (24/07/2016):

Ambient
Papercut
One Step Closer
Points Of Authority
Crawling
In The End
Cure For The Itch
My Dsmbr
1stp Klosr
Krwlng
Buy Myself
Lying From You
Faint
Figure.09
Breaking The Habit
From The Inside
Leave Out All The Rest
What Ive Done
Blackout
Iridescent
The Catalyst
Lost In The Echo
Powerless
Sold My Soul To Yo Mama
Grr
Blackbirds
High Voltage
It's Goin' Down
My December
New Divide
Things In My Jeep
Wish


Edit (15/09/2016):

Shadow Of The Day
New Divide

 

Edit (05/10/2016):

Wretches & Kings (HavocNdeeD RemiX)

 

Edit (21/10/2016):

Victimized
Blackout
The Catalyst
Waiting For The End

Papercut

Until It Breaks

Lost In The Echo

Skin To Bone

Roads Untraveled

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Part Of Me:

 

http://lptimes.com/article/Shoutweb_1000.html

 

Shoutweb: I don't like to give kids the same thing that they can read somewhere else. I mean, what's the point then? Anyway, tell me about the songs that I love then. "Crawling" is awesome. I love that song!

 

Mike: The chorus melody for "Crawling" was originally the bridge of a song that sucked that we wrote. That other song we didn't like and we weren't going to use it so we had this melody. It just occured to me to take this melody that I liked and to write music around it. I did that and then Brad came in and added a little more and helped me out with it. Chester wrote some new words. Everybody worked around it. Every time we write a song it starts from something different. I wrote a song from a sample that Brad collected of a car alarm. He got woken up or something to a car alarm from a garage in the parking lot underneath his apartment. He recorded it. I sampled it. I looped it. He wrote a guitar part to it and we wrote a song around it. That was an older song of ours that is not on the album.

 

Shoutweb: What was the title of that song?

 

Mike: That was called "Part of Me". It was part of an EP that we put out with a baby on the cover. That was a little project we put together when Chester first came to California. It was the first time we were in the studio. Actually it was with Mudrock who did Godsmack's tracks. He was someone we had met who was really nice and we could do something for a small amount of money.

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The chorus melody for "Crawling" was originally the bridge of a song that sucked that we wrote. That other song we didn't like and we weren't going to use it so we had this melody. It just occured to me to take this melody that I liked and to write music around it. I did that and then Brad came in and added a little more and helped me out with it. Chester wrote some new words. Everybody worked around it. Every time we write a song it starts from something different.

Cool that we now have that song (Blue) even though they thought it sucked. lol

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Add this in the Blue section lol

 

The chorus melody for "Crawling" was originally the bridge of a song that sucked that we wrote. That other song we didn't like and we weren't going to use it so we had this melody. It just occured to me to take this melody that I liked and to write music around it.

Was already on "Crawling". But ok. Added to "Blue".

 

Try to add it as a code.

Can you (or any other moderator) try to do it?
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Mike's commentary on THP track by track (from the twitter listening party):

  • Keys To The Kingdom: Of all the songs, Keys to The Kingdom was my favorite to open the album because of the constant sonic surprises
  • The chorus vocal was a stream-of-consciousness vocal (and lyric) by Chester. He didn't write it down, just sang whatever came to mind.
  • That's me saying "Try and do the other thing"--I was talking to Rob when we were recording drums
  • The "I'm not allowed to say certain things" was a clip we put here because we originally had another clip...
  • But we weren't allowed to use it because of legal reasons!
  • All For Nothing: "All For Nothing" features Page Hamilton from the band Helmet. Helmet was one of the bands whose aggressive / melodic sound was
  • ...one of my inspirations while writing The Hunting Pary.
  • If you listen, you can hear my vocal mixed with Page's in the chorus
  • Guilty All The Same: The music behind the interlude before "Guilty All The Same" is an original piece. That's me singing "ohhh"
  • Guilty All The Same was the first song on The Hunting Party Rob recorded drums for. He worked up to this performance for about a month.
  • To me, Rakim's verse is the perfect mix of technicality, content, and emotional expression.
  • The Summoning: "The Summoning" was a sonic experiment that we added late in the process, to give the listener's ear a palette cleanser before "WAR"
  • War: "WAR" was a demo that Chester brought in. Very little changed between the demo version and the final.
  • If you listen carefully, Chester actually says "1, 2...1-2-THANK YOU"
  • There was an alternate version where he said 1-2-1-2-F*CKYOU
  • Rob recorded the drums to "war" in one take
  • Wastelands: My verses in "Wastelands" were written before the music ever existed. Just words on my computer.
  • Actually...just the 1st verse. The 2nd verse, on the other hand, got re-written during the final month of recording.
  • The last chorus in "Wastelands" completely changes chord structure (it's not the same as the rest of the song).
  • I think that was the first time we ever did that on a song.
  • Until It's Gone: The structure of "Until It's Gone" is based on building to a DROP; got the idea when working on "A Light That Never Comes" w/ Steve Aoki
  • Although it can be about regret (the usual meaning of "don't know what you've got until it's gone"), UIG has an alternate meaning
  • As a parent, your child won't grow into their potential until they leave the nest. You don't know what you've got until it's (your're) gone
  • There were more trap elements in the album at one point, but we thought they ended up being silly, except this UIG interlude
  • Rebellion: We've run into those guys many times over the years. Daron joined me in the studio and brought the guitar riffs that became "Rebellion"
  • One thing I love in "Rebellion" is the cheekiness/sarcasm in the lyrics. We usually have a hard time pulling this off, but it worked here.
  • Mark The Graves: "Mark The Graves" was one of the earliest demos on the album. At one point, I wanted it to be the 1st song on the album.
  • We recorded all the drums on the album to tape instead of computer. I think you can really hear it on this song.
  • We also set up a really unique kit for this song. In particular: we balanced a couple tambourines upright on Rob's snare, with duct tape.
  • Drawbar: Tom Morello came through to hang/write. The conversation and experience was the best part. We included this jam as a reminder of the day
  • Tom's writing style is alien to us, ha. Very "jam" oriented, while ours is more "writing into the computer."
  • Final Masquerade: Final Masquerade was one of the last songs finished for the album. The original vocal was me singing all the way thru. CB sounds better!
  • Rob saved this song, too. The original beat I wrote was more complicated but had no soul. Rob improvised this drum groove & it felt perfect.
  • A Line In The Sand: The opening vocal part on A LINE IN THE SAND was written years ago, while we were making A THOUSAND SUNS
  • It didn't work back then. But when I was working on this song, I sang the vocal and it (finally) fit.
  • There are lots of different guitar tones and amp setups on this song, giving each part its own flavor, and holding attention over 6 minutes
  • LINE IN THE SAND is one of my favorite The Hunting Party songs. It feels like it does everything that LP does, in one song.
  • Brad's solo and Rob's drums at the end of LINE IN THE SAND are one of the best moments on The Hunting Party.
  • The fill that ends the song was an improvisation. I didn't know Rob could play that fast, ha

​Source: Mike Shinoda's twitter

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Mike's commentary on THP track by track (from the twitter listening party):

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​Source: Mike Shinoda's twitter

That's awesome! Thanks! Added.

 

So THIS is where I should have posted this :P

From Chester interview with Scuzz

Mike asked Chester to bring in any "punky" songs he had. Chester said he went home and wrote War in "about 5 minutes" and brought it in the next day.

Link please.

 

Edit:

There's something wrong with the show/hide button on "Until It's Gone" and "Mark The Graves". They are not working.

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There's something wrong with the show/hide button on "Until It's Gone" and "Mark The Graves". They are not working.

Fixed. I had to remake some of the codes so just redesign the headlines. This is the biggest thread in the forums, so try to avoid from unneeded codes (colors, fonts, etc..).

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  • 2 months later...

Just found these chat logs:

07.03.02 - Brad Chat

07.17.02 - Mike and Zion

07.21.02 - Rasco

07.25.02 - Backyard Bangers

07.29.02 - Rob

 

I haven't read them yet, so post any interesting information please.

That's really great!

Thank you very much!

 

The main post is too long and I can't add anything else to it, so I'm just gonna leave this here:

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Not much "Song Info", more "Album Info" but it's the proper thread to post it:

Meteora Sudio Reports:


07.10.2002 : getting started

right now, we are working on an album of songs with fake names...whenever we start a song, we put it in my computer and give it a working title, such as "smelly feet" or "ugly head". these working titles are what we call the songs until they get finished lyrics and a real name.

a bit of trivia: some songs never lose their working title. "papercut" was a working title, as was "points of authority". but usually songs get renamed. "in the end" was originally called "untitled", which we liked until d'angelo came out with a song of that name.

but sometimes, some of us never get past the working title. originally, forgotten was called "rhinestone," and no matter how much i ask him not to, brad still calls that song by its old name. haha

POSTED BY MIKE

07.17.2002 : narrowing down

as we work on things, we start to narrow down to a smaller of songs. inevitably, when some songs are less interesting, but have a great guitar part or sample, we try to take that part and put it into another song that seems to be coming together better. so we combine similar songs to create a better song.

originally, the chorus to crawling was a bridge from another song. chester and i needed a chorus to put in that song, and he just sang it there with no guitars. after we recorded the vocal track, i wrote the guitar under it. and we took it into the studio and everyone added their magic.

POSTED BY MIKE

07.23.2002 : Word Up!

So I'm sitting in our "pre-production" studio, and I thought I'd give you a glimpse into our strange-and-often-fun-creative-process. Actually, I was planning on procrastinating writing this until Mike "suggested" I do it before I leave. You see, I'm a master at putting things off until I absolutely have to do them. This could be anything from paying taxes to doing laundry. What does this have to with the studio? I'm not sure.

I can tell you, however, that things are going really well. We're currently working during the day with our producer on pre-production. This means that we've written a number of songs (roughly 21) and now we're fixing them up and narrowing them down so that we can go into the studio and begin recording. I think one of our biggest challenges is putting aside some of the songs we've written. Since each song has something cool about it, it's hard to let any of them go. Maybe we'll just release a double album...just kidding.

POSTED BY BG.BD/BR@D

08.23.2002 : in the studio

we made it to the studio. finally. its very exciting. this part of the process takes a couple of months. we'll take all the ideas and parts we've been working on and put them together and try to capture them.

we start with drums, so i'm overseeing things with don, as rob plays through the music.

rob generally works very fast. he practices very hard so that he can come in and nail his parts in a couple of takes. after this, we'll move on to bass [in a couple of days].

on a side note, we're trying to do some more things to be able to show you guys a little bit of what's going on. hopefully we can do more than just these studio reports...

POSTED BY MIKE

08.27.2002 : finished tracking drums

I just finished recording drums for the new album! I'm sitting here in the studio lounge feeling great about the last five days. Everything went really smooth. We spent the first half of day one listening through all different kinds of drums to find the right ones for the album. Once that was done we went ahead and tracked away. We averaged about 4 songs a day. To get the drums to blend with the vibe/sound in each song, we would make some minor changes to the kit, such as change a crash,or tune a drum a little different . We had a drum tuning specialist in the studo the whole time that was able to get the exact sounds we were looking for.
For me the toughest time to get though is all of the practice leading up to recording. Once I had most of the ideas down for drum patterns and fills, its just hours of practice. I spent about 10 hours a day for a month to prepare for these 5 days in the studio.
For the most part I'm finished in the studio unless a song changes in the making, which is very possible. It looks like Brad is going to start guitar when we return from the VMA's.

POSTED BY ROB

10.10.2002 : recording vocals

we're done with drums and bass...guitars are about 90% finished, scratching is about 50% there. and chester and i are working on the vocals every day.
we've had some days where the words just seem to flow out of us, and other days where we can't write more than a few lines. it can be a really slow process, but i know we need to take our time to make things sound right.
by the way, thanks for the encouragement and good words on the message boards here and on LPU.com. people always start posts to us with "you're never going to read this, but..." we do read them, so thanks for writing.
anyway, back to work. chester and i are working on our 11th song today (out of 15). there will be 12 tracks on the album. and i want them all to be great.

POSTED BY MIKE

10.14.2002 : recording vocals part 2

It is now mid-October, and I am excited to see the progress that has been made on the new album. Rob, Brad and I are predominantly done with our respective recordings, and it is now in the hands of Chester, Mike, and Chairman Hahn. For the record, and for all of you who were placing bets on the message board, I did complete my portion of the recording using the least amount of time... approximately four days. But Brad and Rob did post respectable finish times themselves.

All joking aside, I can't wait until the album is done and can be heard by all of you. In addition, it will only be a few months until these "studio reports" become "tour journals" again. So be ready for us to be in your town again sometime soon. Thanks again to all of you diehard fans out there... your support is more meaningful than you may ever know.

POSTED BY PHOENIX

10.23.2002

hi guys. you're not going to believe this, but i talked my friend into posting here in the studio reports section. here you go...

Howdy folks! It's Chazzy Chaz. We're almost done recording vocals, and it's super swell. Mike and I have been putting in alot of hours in the studio and it's paying off. Working with Don's been alot of fun, I'm glad we decided to do this record with him as well. Yesterday I met Scott Stapp and he was a nice guy. I've actually run into alot of my friends from other bands down here, which has been a nice little treat. Tomorrow is the two year anniversary of Hybrid Theory. It's amazing how much has changed in the last two years. We owe it all of our fans, and we'll show you all how greatful we are by making this next record great! So I'm going back to work... BYE!

POSTED BY MIKE AND SPECIAL GUEST

10.29.2002 : photo shoot / common questions

we just did some photos for the next album...i bet you'll be seeing some of them in a couple of places soon...we shot in a haunted hotel in koreatown. it was scary.

i'm starting to get questions about the new album. here are a couple of answers to common questions:

1. the next album is scheduled for release in march 2003
2. we are working with (producer) don gilmore and (mixer) andy wallace again. it's going great. we are writing tons and tons of material, in an attempt to only put the very best on the album.
3. we are in the studio about 10-12 hours a day, six days a week. not everyone is here at once. people come and go. for the past month, since we've been concentrating on vocals, chester and i have been here every day.
4. we are not planning to have any guests on the album at this point.
5. the new album sounds more like hybrid theory than reanimation. i think the samples are cooler, and the guitars are nice and heavy. and some of the stuff rob is playing is very exciting too.
6. we started with a lot of songs and are on our way to narrowing down to twelve. all of the tracks that we don't finish are basically trashed. they stay in their unfinished state until they get deleted and replaced by better music on my computer.
7. NONE of the band members post or chat elsewhere, on other sites. we are not I.M.ing, or emailing people. the only correct LP info is here and on LPunderground.com.

for answers to more questions, see phoenix's post in the "linkin park" scetion of the message boards. back to work--bye

POSTED BY MIKE

12.08.2002 : Mixing

the recording process is just about finished, so we're gearing up for the next part of the album-making process: mixing. we're getting together with andy wallace again, who mixed hybrid theory. anyway, we also cut the number of songs down to thirteen, and we'll be cutting one more, i think. and everything sounds just right -- so far so good.

03.LP.03

POSTED BY MIKE

12.15.2002 : half-way point

we've been here in new york for over a week, and we'll be here for another week mixing. here's a little more info about what's going on: we had to finish up some recording during the first week of mixing, which is unusual.

the story is...
chester got sick during the last week in LA (recording), and we had to bring him to new york, to a studio we've never recorded at. it was a little unsettling, but luckily it all worked out. i wrote some stuff while he was sick, and when he got better, it was all ready to go. he liked what it sounded like, and hooked us up with great performances. a few days later, he was finished, and flew back to LA. which leaves brad and i here with andy wallace mixing.

some people who visit this site have no idea what mixing is. i'll try and describe it: when we record, we create anywhere from 25 to upwards of 50 tracks of music. one track may be from a microphone on rob's kick drum, one is on the snare, 4 and more are on guitars, a couple for bass, dozens for samples and vocals, for example. all of these tracks need to balanced and separated, adding certain effects (like reverb and delay) to make the song sound right. that's what mixing is. and that's what andy wallace helps us with. he has mixed a lot of great albums, from nirvana's "nevermind" to mudvayne's "LD50" and taproot's "welcome". we are very happy to be working with him again.

everything's great, and we'll keep you up to date with all the newest info here in the studio reports section.

POSTED BY M1K3

12.20.2002 : besides the music

every post here has been about writing and recording. let's take a detour for a second.

putting out an album involves a lot more than just recording the music. from packaging art to advertisements to tour set-up to the video, we are immersed in non-musical preparation for about two to four months before a release. in other words, we have a lot of fun stuff coming up that you'll be interested to know about.

Bill Berg-Hillinger, who put together our DVD, has been filming us for the past few months. he's got footage of us writing, mixing, and hanging out. from this footage, we're putting together a series of shorts called LPTV. you'll hear about it in the news section on this website when it's ready to come out. in each segment, you'll get to see us making the songs, from writing to recording them. the footage is amazing. on a couple of takes, he just happened to be filming during the second that we came up with a guitar or vocal idea. anyway, for anyone who wants to see inside our creative process at work, it's a great thing to look for. keep an eye on the news page for more details on LPTV.

in the meantime, i'll be working on the album art and ads, joe will be working on the video, and all of us will be practicing the songs in preparation for our upcoming tours. we'll be working hard to get things ready for you.

oh yeah--we decided on an album title.

POSTED BY MIKE.03.LP.03

01.15.2003 : Brad Talks About Meteora - Interview by Jessica

BRAD- WHAT DOES METEORA MEAN TO LINKIN PARK AND HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THAT NAME? WHAT IS THE PRONOUNCIATION OF THE NAME?

(Mee-tee-ora is the pronunciation)

Actually we were touring in Europe and inside the bus the bus driver had set down a travel magazine that was actually featuring this place called Meteora, and just looking at the pictures of this larger than life place- we were inspired to try to write sonically what those pictures conveyed visually. That was before we had even written the body of the album, so it actually inspired us to create on tape what we were seeing visually.
Meteora is a chain of monasteries in Greece that sit on top of incredible rock formations- it’s a really unbelievable place. The title does not have to do with the music in a literal sense- but can be used as a metaphor – the grandeur of it, and the timelessness of it, are all conveyed quite well on our album.
Actually some of the guys hadn’t even seen the pictures of this place yet- they had just heard the name, but they were all drawn to it just by the energy of the name.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE SOUND OF METEORA ALBUM AS COMPARED TO PAST ALBUMS YOU HAVE RECORDED?

I think there is definitely a threat that links Hybrid Theory with Reanimation with Meteora. Lyrically I think Chester and Mike are dealing with same kinds of emotions as they were in the past- but the difference is they are confronting them with the new perspectives in their lives. There are a lot of the same themes as Hybrid Theory, but the perspective is different and the album shows our growth. Musically it has a lot of the heaviness and darkness as our recordings in the past- but I believe it’s more dynamic then Hybrid Theory. We explored different tempos and time signatures to create a really unique body of work but at the same time a cohesive record. We took 80-90 concepts for songs and streamlined them down to 12, which not only were the strongest songs, but all made the most sense together musically. When we write an album we want it all to make sense and not just write a single and songs to fill in. I think when someone puts on their headphones and listens to this album it taked you on a journey beginning to end. We wanted to may a cinematic record.
One thing that is unique lyrically on Meteora it’s has a unique sense of optimism in the first single which isn’t necessarily present on the other sings. Most of the rest of the songs are quite dark.

ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO TOURING AGAIN AFTER THIS LONG BREAK?

We are really excited to tour and play a lot of places we haven’t been before and even hit some new places– we will definitely be touring extensively. Another great thing is we’ll have a lot more material in which to choose from when playing our live show. Last time we tried to fill out an hour with 37 min of material but in actuality it will be fun to play songs from Hybrid Theory, Meteora, possibly Reanimation. Besides, I think it will just elevate our live show to have a greater selection and more variety. Plus I’ve been working out really long guitar solos I’m really excited to play on this next tour- 10-15 minutes long of just guitar solos. We might just have a second stage just for my guitar solos.

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE, IF ANY, TO THE RELEASE DATE YOU CHOSE?

It was the soonest possible date that we could get it out.

CAN YOU TELL US ANYTHING ABOUT THE VIDEO FOR THE FIRST SINGLE?

Joe is directing the new video by himself and we are really very proud of what he’s done in the past. He’s definitely going to be special effects and CGI intensive. Joe’s background is in creating larger than life visual environments. The song is really about escape and trying to find a place where you belong- but in this case Chester basically falls into a dream, which is the place where he is most comfortable, and Joe is trying to bring to life Chesters subconscious, which is where the majority of the video takes place.

WILL THE ALBUM HAVE ANY DVD OR ENHANCED CD EXTRAS?

We are trying to do as much special stuff with the CD packaging and content as possible.

WILL YOU BE DOING CHATS ON LINKIN PARK.COM AND LPU.COM TO GIVE US MORE INFO ON THE UPCOMING ALBUM?

Absolutely. LP.com and LPU.com are the 2 only 100% reliable sources of information.
And also- the internet has always provided us for the best means for communicating directly with our fans.

WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR SINGLE AND WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE?

Somewhere I Belong- it’s the 3rd track and first single off the record. Definitely I think it represents musically what we’ve been able to accomplish. It’s a dope song. I think that from the very beginning of the song you know its something special. It definitely showcases the ability for Mike and Chester to merge into one unstoppable force.

WELL GUYS, THANKS FOR READING THIS LITTLE INTERVIEW I DID WITH BRAD. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE WONDERING, YES, BRAD WAS KIDDING ABOUT THE GUITAR SOLOS...LOL

POSTED BY JESSICA

01.18.2003 : words on the new album...

if you enjoyed brad's interview below, you'll be eager to know that we are currently doing a lot of interviews about our new album, METEORA, right now. in the past few days, the journalists have been meeting up with us to ask questions about the new album, songs, and what we're doing. in an effort to make things more accessible for you guys, i'm putting a thread in the message board section called "LP interviews". please keep this thread as free of chatting as possible. i know this is a pretty ridiculous request, because you guys like to mess around...but my reasoning is simple: hopefully, i want to put a page up on the site where we list links to other interviews and features the band has done. but until we decide whether we are going to have an "interview links" page, we'll just do it on our message board to try it out.

if you find an interview on us that is dated after 1/18/03, please put a link up.

- POSTED BY MIKE

The main post is too long and I can't add anything else to it, so I'm just gonna leave this here:

Try now.

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Interesting infos in these reports. Just one thing:
The "Word Up!" report is duplicated.

Also...

6. we started with a lot of songs and are on our way to narrowing down to twelve. all of the tracks that we don't finish are basically trashed. they stay in their unfinished state until they get deleted and replaced by better music on my computer.

 

Why Mike, WHY???

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