Linkin Park Complete A Thousand Suns

Linkin Park

Linkin Park…metal or not? That is the question. Some people consider Linkin Park the real deal. Other people think they’re worse than a jar full of eye snot. Me? I would argue the band is hard rock, but was metal-influenced, and certainly, LP’s debut was more metal than their recent work. Verdict? Not metal.

But, still worth discussing, because, well, I need the hits.

The band’s been out of the picture since 2007’s Minutes to Midnight but have been working on the follow-up for months now, and early indications from frontman Mike Shinoda had the band returning to their heavier roots. That, my friends, we’ll only know for sure in time. But there will be new Linkin Park material on September 14. The album is called A Thousand Suns.

The new disc was co-produced by Shinoda and Rick Rubin (which means Rick popped his head in once a week, blurted out, “We cool?,” to which he was told “We cool,” and then he went back to his yoga or whatever it is he does in his spare time). The first single drops August 2 on the band’s MySpace page and at radio: That song is called “The Catalyst.”

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