July 26, 2011 21:44

Linkin Park: 'We've written lots of quality songs for our new album' Linkin Park Tickets

Band expect 'A Thousand Suns' follow-up to be released next year

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Linkin Park have said their new album is "well on the way" to being completed - and that they fully intend to release it next year.

Last month, producer Rick Rubin revealed the band were keen to record a quick-fire follow-up to their fourth album 'A Thousand Suns', which came out last September.

Now speaking to Rolling Stone, singer Chester Bennington said that the band have already nailed down a number of "quality" songs for the record.

He said:

We're in the studio and we're well on our way to making our next record. I can tell you that we have a lot of good music, a lot of quality songs.

He also revealed plans for the band to tour less and record more often. Prior to the release of 'A Thousand Suns' the band left gaps of between two-and-a-half to four years between their albums.

Bennington said it would be "awesome" to put out an LP every 18 months from now on and revealed that he and co-frontman Mike Shinoda have been writing new songs on the road.

Last month (June 12), Linkin Park headlined Download Festival - click below to see a clip of the band speaking to NME about what an "honour" it was to close up the Donington Park event.

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Video: Linkin Park At Download Festival 2011

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