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Mike Shinoda Releases Three Powerful NEW Tracks

Linkin Park's frontman dubs the EP 'Post Traumatic'

January 25, 2018

The tragic loss of Linkin Park's lead singer Chester Bennington back in July shook music fans across the globe to their core. It also put the future of Linkin Park, and the life's work of the band members, in a dizzying state of uncertainty.

Shortly after Bennington's death, LP gathered friends and loved ones for a memorial show in L.A., the first time they shared a stage since tragedy struck. Today, Mike Shinoda released a powerful three-track EP, appropriately titled Post Traumatic, that emotionally walks through that night, and just about every night since Bennington's passing. Each track came with its own video as well, all produced by Shinoda himself.

The first track, "Place to Start," is a mounting, melodic flow revealing Mike coming to terms with how to proceed. The song also features a handful of voicemail messages from friends and family who clearly just wanted to "check in"  

The second track, titled "Over Again," picks up on the frustration of coping with loss. Lyrics detail Mike and the rest of the band's mindset leading up to October's memorial show. 

The final track, "Watching As I Fall," the hardest and perhaps most powerful, seems to deal with Mike figuring out how to move on. It ends with Mike, in December, speaking directly to fans about life after Chester. 

All in all, the EP is incredibly powerful. Hopefully, it'll provide a bit of closure for LP fans.

The past six months have been a rollercoaster. Amidst the chaos, I’ve started to feel an intense gratitude--for your tributes and messages of support, for the career you have allowed me to have, and for the simple opportunity to create. Today, I’m sharing three songs I wrote and produced, with visuals that I filmed, painted, and edited myself. At its core, grief is a personal, intimate experience. As such, this is not Linkin Park, nor is it Fort Minor--it’s just me. Art has always been the place I go when I need to sort through the complexity and confusion of the road ahead. I don’t know where this path goes, but I’m grateful I get to share it with you. -m

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After dropping the tracks, Shinoda held a Twitter Q&A where he addressed the future of the band, noting he and the band intend to continue on with Linkin Park. 

Chester Bennington was lost to suicide on July 20, 2017.  If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression and thinking of suicide, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.