This past Tuesday, June 17 marked the release of Linkin Park’s highly-anticipated sixth and hardest hitting album to date. The Hunting Party is full of raw energy, and as Mike Shinoda described the album it is purely “a rock record.” He stated that he was inspired by 90’s Hardcore-Punk Thrash, which has lead to a much harder yet organic sound; one not as super produced as their records in the past.
Produced by band members, Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson, The Hunting Party was released through Warner Brothers Records. The group spent most of their time recording at Larrabee Sound Studios in Hollywood. They also worked on the album at EastWest Studios, focusing mostly on drums and percussion at that location. Grammy Award-winning music studio engineer, Andy Wallace, was called upon to mix the album, as he also mixed the band’s certified-diamond debut album Hybrid Theory. The Hunting Party was then mastered by Chief Mastering Engineer, Emily Lazar and assisted by Rich Morales, at The Lodge.
The album features guest appearances from Page Hamilton of Helmet, Rakim, Daron Malakian of System of a Down, and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. The Hunting Party’s cover art was designed by Brandon Parvini and was based off of an original drawing by James Jean.
The Lodge also mastered The Hunting Party: Live from Mexico DVD, which is available as a bonus to The Hunting Party album. Recorded on September 12, 2012 at Arena Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico, the band won the MTV award for the best World Stage in 2013 for this concert.
Link Park goes on tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI in a 25-city Carnivores Tour of North America, which kicks off August 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The first week of the release of The Hunting Party has included an induction into the Guitar Center RockWalk and a three-song performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and catch Mike Shinoda on Real Time with Bill Maher tonight on HBO at 10:00 PM EST!
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