LINKIN PARK Finishing Up Work On Sophomore CD

LINKIN PARK is wrapping up work on its sophomore album with producer Don Gilmore for an early 2003 release through Warner Bros. Records. Vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda are reportedly finalizing their parts on 12 songs that will end up on the follow-up to the group's 2000 seven-times-platinum debut, "Hybrid Theory".

"We're almost done recording vocals and it's super swell," Bennington wrote in the Studio Report area of the band's official web site. "Mike and I have been putting in a lot of hours in the studio and it's paying off. Working with Don [is] a lot of fun. I'm glad we decided to do this record with him as well."

"It's amazing how much has changed in the last two years," Bennington said of LINKIN PARK's meteoric rise. "We owe it all to our fans, and we'll show you how grateful we are by making this next record great."

"We've had some days where the words just seem to flow out of us, and other days where we can't write more than a few lines," added Shinoda of the as-yet-untitled album. "But I know we need to take our time to make things sound right."

"I can't wait until the album is done and can be heard by all of you," continued bassist Darren "Phoenix" Farrell, who says he is looking forward to ensuing road work. "It will only be a few months until these 'studio reports' become 'tour journals' again. So be ready for us to be in your town again sometime soon."

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