LINKIN PARK co-frontman Mike Shinoda spoke to MTV News earlier this week about the band's much-anticipated follow-up to 2007's "Minutes to Midnight", which has been in the works for more than a year now.
"The album is going really well — we decided to go with [producer] Rick Rubin again, he's been in the studio with us," Mike said. "And we've been working in a different studio than we did the last record in, we decided to go back to the studio we did 'Hybrid Theory' and 'Meteora' in. It's been going great, I feel like it's an entirely different process and an entirely different style of music than anything we've done before. It's hard to place. People keep asking me, 'What does it sound like?' and it's hard to describe. When people hear it, they're going to have a tough time saying that it falls into a category.
"I'll say this: I think on the last record there was a lot of personal growth that happened. We individually broke down a lot of boundaries — creatively and personally — with each other. We were friends making an album together — it wasn't painful and heart-wrenching the way some of the other records were," he added. "We had a really good time making 'Minutes to Midnight', and now I feel like we've grown from that point, where we've kind of knocked down the boundaries to a place where we're making an album that has a sound, that has a consistent thread running through it, and we're making something with this open-minded creativity that feels good."
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