August 2, 2012


Exclusive: Linkin Park Talk Recording New Music for "Medal of Honor: Warfighter"

Awesome news for hard-rock fans and video gamers: Linkin Park is contributing original music to the upcoming Medal of Honor: Warfighter game!

Fuse sat down with co-lead vocalist Mike Shinoda and bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell to hear about their experience crafting music for the sequel to Electronic Arts' extremely popular 2010 game Medal of Honor (which boasted Linkin Park's war-themed song "The Catalyst.") But the new MOH game will feature more than just one track from the rap-rock outfit—they're creating entirely new music to compliment the levels in this game.

"One of the things I'm personally excited about is that I'm getting a chance to personally score a couple levels in the game," Shinoda says. "Our fans might be excited to hear some new stuff that is exclusive to this game." (Uh, yeah they will!)

Shinoda also tells us about visiting Electronic Arts' headquarters for the first time and uncovering a small armory within the building. "When we walked into the conference room to talk about our participation in the game, there was what I'd assume are real-life weapons all across the wall. I don't know if they're real or not, but they sure as hell look real," Shinoda says, laughing.

The game's executive producer Greg Goodrich tells Fuse that Linkin Park's involvement with the last Medal of Honor truly made an impression upon many soldiers' lives.

"The war fighters we're working with, a lot of them are very big fans of Linkin Park," Goodrich says. " I've been told on many occasions that after [Medal of Honor], the song "The Catalyst" became almost an anthem for them. They'd carry it with them overseas and before going on operations they'd listen to it and get their minds right."

As for the game itself, Linkin Park admit their Medal of Honor skills are no match for the well-practiced fans they play against on tour. "We'll be out on the road this summer with Incubus here in the States, and that's usually a time when we play games a little bit more often," Shinoda says. "Hopefully if we play any fans, they set that up toward the end of the Honda Civic Tour so we get some practice before we play anybody."

Bassist Farrell puts it more bluntly: "We usually get destroyed by some 15 or 20-year-old guy who just kills it."

Watch the video above for the full story on Linkin Park scoring Medal of Honor: Warfighter. 

Later in the interview, Shinoda told us why he was "nervous" and "skeptical" about Linkin Park covering the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" on tour. To find out why, head over here.