- The Requiem
- The Radiance
- Burning in the Skies
- Empty Spaces
- When They Come for Me
- Robot Boy
- Jornada del Muerto
- Waiting for the End
- Wretches and Kings
- Wisdom, Justice, and Love
- The Catalyst
- The Messenger
For months, we'd been destroying and rebuilding our band. The experiments that resulted filled the studio hard drive with diverse, abstract sounds. Amorphous echoes, cacophonous samples, and handmade staccato merged into wandering, elusive melody. Each track felt like a hallucination.
We didn't know if any of those unorthodox ideas could be incorporated into a traditional album, but we knew we didn't want our next album to be predictable. Sitting together in the same studio where we made our first album, all six of us voiced a commitment to going out on a limb, to making something truly daring. We asked ourselves: were we all earnestly willing, more than ever before, to abandon the precepts of commercial ambition in pursuit of what we believe to be honest art?
The inclination to begin writing conventional songs for a conventional album came and went. The temptation to adjust our creative vision to fulfill expectations beyond our studio walls yielded to the audacious ambition of what he hoped to achieve as a band. The two years of making A Thousand Suns marked our exhilarating, surrealistic, and often challenging journey into the creative unknown.
On the eve of its completion, this body of work, assembled through unconscious inspiration and unmitigated exertion, has revealed to us notions both stirring and surprising. The album's personified imagery is neither dogma nor political premeditation. The emergent themes and metaphors illuminate a uniquely human story.
A Thousand Suns grapples with the personal cycle of pride, destruction, and regret. In life, like in dreams, this sequence is not always linear. And, sometimes, true remorse penetrates the devastating cycle. The hope, of course, springs from the notion that the possibility of change is born in our most harrowing moments.
Enjoy the music.
-- From the Label
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Performance CreditsLinkin Park Primary Artist
Martin Luther King Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Mike Shinoda Vocals,Group Member
Mario Savio Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Chester Bennington Vocals,Group Member
Brad Delson Background Vocals,Group Member
Rob Bourdon Background Vocals,Group Member
Dave "Phoenix" Farrell Background Vocals,Group Member
Joe Hahn Background Vocals,Group Member
Robert Oppenheimer Interviewee
Technical CreditsRick Rubin Producer
Martin Luther King Composer
Mike Shinoda Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,Pro-Tools
Linkin Park Composer
Chester Bennington Lyricist
Brad Delson Pro-Tools
Ethan Mates Engineer,Pro-Tools
Frank Maddocks Art Direction
Peter Standish Marketing
Kymm Britton Publicity
Mario McNulty Engineer
Josh Newell Engineer,Pro-Tools
Josh Vanover Artwork
Jerry Johnson Drum Technician
Czeslaw "Nobrain" Sakowski Programming
Anton Brooks Publicity