Mike Shinoda has released his first material since the tragic passing of Chester Bennington last July.
The new material comes in the form of a three-track EP, titled Post Traumatic EP. It tackles the grief and torment that Shinoda has been dealing with since the death of his bandmate and best friend. With the EP comes three new music videos, all shot by Shinoda himself in a way that captures the emotional and mental turmoil Shinoda must have been dealing with over the past few months.
The most harrowing portion of the EP, however, comes in the final minute of the opening track, 'Place To Start', which includes several voicemails that Shinoda had received from friends and members of other bands.
Shinoda also took to Twitter to share a note that accompanies the EP, stating:
“The past six months have been a rollercoaster. Amidst the chaos, I’ve started to feel an intense gratitude–for your tributes and messages of support, for the career you have allowed me to have, and for the simple opportunity to create.
“Today, I’m sharing three songs I wrote and produced, with visuals that I filmed, painted, and edited myself. At its core, grief is a personal, intimate experience. As such, this is not Linkin Park, nor is it Fort Minor — it’s just me.
“Art has always been the place I go when I need to sort through the complexity and confusion of the road ahead. I don’t know where this path goes, but I’m grateful I get to share it with you.”
Stream the Post Traumatic EP below.
Watch the accompanying music videos below: