Linkin Park Releases Heavy New Track ‘Wastelands’: Listen

James Minchin
Linkin Park

Linkin Park has released a heavy-sounding new track from the rock band’s sixth full-length album, “The Hunting Party,” due June 17.

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The new three-minute track, titled “Wastelands,” was posted as a lyric video on YouTube on June 1. The forthcoming “The Hunting Party” is the follow-up to the band’s 2012 album, “Living Things,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Check out the new track below.

Linkin Park’s new set features guest appearances by Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello (“Drawbar”), System of a Down’s Daron Malakian (“Rebellion”) and Helmet’s Page Hamilton ("All for Nothing”). Earlier this year, Linkin Park rapper and multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda told Rolling Stone the band was taking a heavier musical direction with the new album.

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"It needed to be visceral," Shinoda said. "We need to weed out a lot of the soft, emo kind of approach to our music, and we need to weed out anything that feels aggressive for aggressive's sake. We're not 18-year-old kids making a loud record – we're 37-year-old adults making a loud record. And what makes a 37-year-old angry is different than what made us angry back in the day."

In March, Linkin Park released the set's first single, "Guilty All the Same" (featuring Rakim), as both a music video and a game. "Since I was a kid, I wanted to make games," Shinoda told Billboard, noting that he got the idea after an E3 video game convention last June.

Meanwhile, Linkin Park is gearing up for a summer co-headlining tour with 30 Seconds to Mars, which launches Aug. 8 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla. Linkin Park is also scheduled to appear at a handful of European festival dates in June.


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