According to The Pulse Of Radio, LINKIN PARK vocalist Mike Shinoda has sent out a new update on the progress of the band's seventh studio album, which is currently being recorded in Los Angeles. Shinoda wrote: "We just started narrowing down to some of our favorite songs, and we’re starting to put our first 'final' vocals on them. As I listen through them, I feel like these songs are really personal and revealing. We have really poured our hearts into the words and melodies, and it’s starting to show as we approach recording the 'keeper' vocals."
Shinoda added that the band has "a lot of material to choose from," with all six members deciding on which songs will make the final track list.
He continued: "We clearly have an album in there. We’re looking forward to getting the vocals right, and starting to put sounds on them. Keyboards/samples and drums are high on the list…but first, we’re going to get some of these vocals nailed down."
Singer Chester Bennington told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he always feels confident that LINKIN PARK's fans will enjoy the band's latest offering. "You can't help but wonder," he said. "That always has to be a factor, I guess. But we stand by our philosophy that if we write good songs and we write good lyrics, then people are gonna want to listen to those songs. You know, I think that's the key to being in a successful band, is those two things, and as long as we continue doing that, then our fans will always stand by us."
The new disc will follow up 2014's "The Hunting Party", which featured the No. 1singles "Guilty All The Same" and "Until It's Gone".
LINKIN PARK has been mostly out of the public eye since an early 2015 tour in support of "The Hunting Party" was scrapped when singer Chester Bennington injured his foot. Bennington also ended his two-year run as STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman in late 2015 so he could refocus on LINKIN PARK.