More details are emerging about Linkin Park’s second studio album, “Meteora,” which, as previously reported, will be released March 25 via Warner Bros. Vocalist Mike Shinoda tells Billboard.com the set is rife with a “very interesting” use of samples and “more mature” drumming with “some really technical stuff that doesn’t sound technical.” One song, “Breaking the Habit,” even includes live contributions from a 10-piece string orchestra.
“When we started the band, it was because we were waiting for a sound that never happened,” Shinoda continues. “We got tired of waiting, and we decided to just do it ourselves. The same thing is happening now — we wanted to hear certain things, and we knew we could do it ourselves, so we got into the studio and worked really hard to make them happen.”
Shinoda says “Breaking the Habit” was originally nothing more than a two-minute interlude with “a beat that just disintegrates and freaks out in all these different spots. [Guitarist] Brad [Delson] had the brilliant idea of turning it into a song. We got all the lyrics on there sounding great, but the icing on the cake was when Don [Gilmore], our producer, said, ‘Hey, these strings sound really great. What would you say to having live strings in addition to them?'”
As for the origin of the album title, the group saw it on the cover of a travel magazine while touring overseas, and concluded it was perfect for the unique, shapeshifting nature of the band’s sound.
“We liked the feeling of that energy about that word, in the same way Linkin Park originally was a park, but that’s not really what it is now — it is what we play. Whatever we do, that’s Linkin Park,” Shinoda explains. “So ‘Meteora’ in that sense is kind of the same thing — the music will describe what that word is about, to us, and when you hear the album, you’ll know.”
After touring overseas in February, the band will again headline its Projekt Revolution festival tour this year. While Shinoda says the band is “still figuring out the [other] acts right now,” he promises Linkin Park plans to make the tour a yearly occurrence.