On Tuesday, Linkin Park officially announced a series of summer tour dates at a Hollywood press conference with tour mates 30 Seconds to Mars. On Wednesday, users of the mobile app Shazam got an extra surprise when a new Linkin Park track called “Guilty All the Same” became available for listening.
The six-minute track, which features rapper Rakim, is billed as a foretaste of LP’s upcoming sixth studio release, which currently remains untitled but is scheduled to drop this summer.
“The reason we went with this single first is that we think it’s a good look into the DNA of the record that we’re putting out this summer,” frontman Mike Shinoda told Radio.com. “It’s louder; it’s more visceral than probably anything we’ve done recently. And we’re all really proud of it.”
The interesting thing about the new single is that it’s not really up for mass consumption just yet; in fact, you have to exercise a bit of commitment in order to hear it. Only Shazam users who tag a current Linkin Park song are given the opportunity to listen to the new track.
The newly christened “Carnivores Tour” is set to feature Linkin Park and 30 Seconds to Mars, with opening sets by AFI and other special guests. Twenty-five tour dates are currently announced beginning in August. Tickets go on sale starting Mar. 7.