Post-Traumatic – Mike Shinoda

mike shinoda solo

Many of you will be familiar with the passing of rock/nu-metal legend Chester Bennington, and the doubt it has left hovering over the remaining members of Linkin Park.

A result of that tragedy, had been the tribute performance where the remaining members of Linkin Park took to the stage on October 27 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, with artists such as Oliver Sykes, Deryck Whibley, Machine Gun Kelly and Jeremy McKinnon taking to the stage to try and replace Chester’s persona.

During this performance, Mike Shinoda and co. displayed how the band would cope on their own and with a new singer, both of which were received well by the fans. However, Mike and therest of  LP also debuted some new demos of songs that would exist without Chester Bennington’s vocals. Although many fans liked the raw emotions pouring through these demo songs, nothing could prepare us for the emotion that came with the Post Traumatic EP by Mike Shinoda.

This EP comprises of only three songs;

Place To Start

Over Again

Watching As I Fall

All of these songs are minimally edited and jam packed with pure emotion through Shinoda’s vocals and show the erratic and skeptic mindset someone goes through after losing someone close to them. Specifically the song ‘Over Again’ Mike Shinoda experiments with every kind of emotion and the difficult train of thought someone goes through, and he displays that perfectly through raw and emotional song.

The EP perfectly displays the erratic and frantic mindset of someone who has lost someone dear to them, particularly so if you watch the videos and the almost non-existent editing.

My personal favourite of the EP is ‘Over Again’ and that is purely because it takes the stereotypical LP sound along with Mike’s new vocals and mashes it into a repetitive song that resonates with fans that are still trying to cope with the loss of Chester Bennington.

Overall this EP is the perfect example of how it would sound if LP continued without replacing Chester, for example, they could continue to sample Chester’s vocals into vocals, they could also complete songs with only Mike’s vocals, or they could do the unpopular route and replace Chester with a new vocalist.

Mikes introductions to the songs is:

“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.


Let us know your opinions on the new Mike Shinoda EP Below!!

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