There are only six albums that have been released since 2000 that have sold over 10 million copies. One of those is Linkin Park’s debut album Hybrid Theory. Their mass appeal popularity definitely served as a gateway to metal for many preteens that were outgrowing whatever else was on the radio. The reason we bring this up is that the band have just released the first single from their forthcoming sixth album that will be out later this year and… it’s not that bad. Mike Shinoda says that “Guilty All the Same” is “louder, more visceral than probably anything we’ve done recently.” While we haven’t really heard anything they’ve done recently, this is definitely more uptempo, and while “heavy” isn’t the word, the song is definitely aggressive. A few things of note that might make the skeptical listen:
1) It’s instrumental for the first minute and a half.
2) They’ve outsourced their rapping. Rap legend Rakim spits a verse for about a minute, the only rapping in the song.
If you want to hear what Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington were inspired by for the six-minute long song, you can watch a video here.