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Linkin Park have a 'mountain of material' for their new album

The band say they are approaching the creative process 'backwards' this time around

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Linkin Park have revealed that they now have a "mountain of material" for their upcoming seventh album.

The band confirmed in January that they are working on a new album, their follow-up to 2014's 'The Hunting Party', which will probably be ready to drop in the second half of 2016.

"It's been a real just organic flow and I'm really excited about the music that's being created," guitarist Brad Delson has now told Billboard. "We have a mountain of material," the band's DJ Joe Hahn added.

Frontman Mike Shinoda explained that the band have attacked the creative process in a way that is "backwards" to their usual approach. "Usually the music comes first and the words come second, even if it's 30 minutes apart, that's usually what happens - the music inspires the words," he said. "And in this case it's mostly the words and melodies first, no track."

"We've focused almost exclusively on songwriting, not on sound, not on genre, not on arrangement, on words and melodies," Helson said later in the interview.

"And that is something Rick [Rubin] has always told us to do years past and we never listened because we started always track first. Now we're writing songs and now we're just starting to get into the style of that."

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