Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park Announces Debut Full-Length Solo Album, ‘Post Traumatic’


Story by Charles Ken, photo by Anne Erickson

Mike Shinoda will release his first-ever full-length solo album in June

Linkin Park multi-instrumentalist and rapper Mike Shinoda has announced details for his debut, full-length solo album. The new album shares the title of the EP Shinoda unleashed earlier this year, “Post Traumatic,” and has the street date of June 15. Much of the album’s material will revolve around Shinoda dealing with the tragic death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington last year.

“Post Traumatic” will feature the three tracks that appeared on the “Post Traumatic” EP, as well as 13 additional songs. Along with announcing the new album, Shinoda has unleashed two of the new tracks off the set, “Crossing a Line” and “Nothing Makes Sense Anymore.” Both are streaming via YouTube with music videos.

Shinoda says “Post Traumatic” is  a snapshot of his struggle with the loss of Bennington. He calls it “a journey out of grief and darkness, not into grief and darkness,” according to a release.

“If people have been through something similar, I hope they feel less alone,” Shinoda added. “If they haven’t been through this, I hope they feel grateful.”

In other news, Shinoda will perform a free show in Los Angeles on May 12. He also recently announced solo performances at the U.K.’s Reading & Leeds and Japan’s Summer Sonic festivals in August.

As for Linkin Park, Shinoda has hinted that the band would like to continue in some way. “I have every intention on continuing with LP, and the guys feel the same,” Shinoda tweeted out earlier this year. “We have a lot of rebuilding to do, and questions to answer, so it’ll take time.”



Posted by Charles Ken | Alternative, Music, Rock, Rock News

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