All For Nothing

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"All For Nothing"
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Song by Linkin Park from the album The Hunting Party
Working title True Chainz
Recorded 2013 - 2014
Length 3:33
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 160
Key E Minor
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda
Label Warner Bros.

The Hunting Party track listing
  1. Keys To The Kingdom
  2. All For Nothing (feat. Page Hamilton)
  3. Guilty All The Same (feat. Rakim)
  4. The Summoning
  5. War
  6. Wastelands
  7. Until It's Gone
  8. Rebellion (feat. Daron Malakian)
  9. Mark The Graves
  10. Drawbar (feat. Tom Morello)
  11. Final Masquerade
  12. A Line In The Sand

Background

"All For Nothing" may have a very "early-Linkin Park" structure to it, but the band as a whole thought the track was very similar to the alternative metal band Helmet, whose melodic, yet aggressive style was an inspiration to the band during the writing of The Hunting Party.[1] Seeing the similarity in style, the band decided to call in Helmet's singer, Page Hamilton, to sing on the track and add some extra guitar. Chester Bennington commented on how Mike Shinoda was struggling far more than usual to sing the track, and noted how similar Shinoda's voice was to that of Hamilton.[2] Shinoda later detailed Hamilton's involvement in the track in an interview with Revolver Magazine, where he stated “That’s Page singing—there’s a double of me in there, but that’s him way up front. We hung out with him over the course of a day or two, and went back and forth over the song. It was just as much about meeting the guy and picking his brain and hearing cool stories about things that he’s done. But the other thing was, I really wanted him to know that this was a song we wouldn’t have made if I’d never listened to Helmet—you know, ‘It’s because of you that we wrote this. If you don’t want to sing on it, that’s OK, but we wanted to play it for you first. And if you want to be on the song, then you can be on the song.’ He liked it so much that he wound up singing on it, and he added some cool layers and chords on guitar.”[3]

Speaking of the drums on the song, which are more programmed-sounding than on the rest of the album, Rob Bourdon said, "We wanted to have more of a sampled sound overall in that track. The verses have a sampled electronic sound. In that case we edited the live drums to sound more [rigid] on the grid, so that when we’re hitting the verse [from the chorus] it doesn’t sound too different. We want to have a similar aesthetic throughout the song. If the drums go from electronic and raw to garage-band sounding, it won’t sound cohesive. We actually recorded that song quickly. There wasn’t as much attention paid to the feel, because we knew we’d work with sampled sounds. It’s live but electronic at the same time."[4]

The short interlude at the end of the track is an original piece with Shinoda doing soft vocals over top of it.[5] Shinoda and Brad Delson can also be heard talking about placing "the heavy shit" next.

Remix

On December 24, 2014, several members from the Linkin Park Association community teamed up to release a remix album of The Hunting Party titled Viscera. The album was later released to the LP Underground on June 18, 2015 after the band received the full rights to distribute the album. There were two remixes of "All For Nothing" released on the album. One was done by Shurpi, and the other was done by zwieR.Z. The latter remix incorporates the famous "Crazy Train" riff into the song. The instrumental version of the remixes were released February 28, 2015.

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
All For Nothing (feat. Page Hamilton) The Hunting Party 3:33 2013-2014 June 13, 2014
  • Features guitars and vocals by Page Hamilton.
All For Nothing (Instrumental) (feat. Page Hamilton) The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals 3:14 2013-2014 August 12, 2014
  • Official instrumental version.
  • There's a glitch at 2:57.
All For Nothing (feat. Page Hamilton) (Acapella) The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals 3:33 2013-2014 August 12, 2014
  • Official acapella version.

Remix

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
All For Nothing: Shurpi Viscera 4:14 2014 December 24, 2014
  • Remix by Shurpi.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download on December 24, 2014 in AAC, MP3 and FLAC formats.
  • Released to LP Underground members for free download on June 18, 2015 in MP3 format.
  • The band obtained all the rights to the album.
All For Nothing: zwieR.Z. Viscera 3:34 2014 December 24, 2014
  • Remix by zwieR.Z..
  • Samples Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train".
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download on December 24, 2014 in AAC, MP3 and FLAC formats.
  • Released to LP Underground members for free download on June 18, 2015 in MP3 format.
  • The band obtained all the rights to the album.
All For Nothing: Shurpi (Instrumental) Viscera (Instrumentals) 4:14 2014 February 28, 2015
  • Remix by Shurpi.
  • Instrumental version.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download on February 28, 2015 in AAC, MP3 and FLAC formats.
All For Nothing: zwieR.Z. (Instrumental) Viscera (Instrumentals) 3:34 2014 February 28, 2015
  • Remix by zwieR.Z..
  • Samples Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train".
  • Instrumental version.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download on February 28, 2015 in AAC, MP3 and FLAC formats.

Live

Sometime before the European summer tour in 2014, "All For Nothing", along with the rest of The Hunting Party, was rehearsed. However, the band never ended up playing it.

Personnel

Linkin Park is

  • Chester Bennington
  • Rob Bourdon
  • Brad Delson
  • Phoenix
  • Joe Hahn
  • Mike Shinoda

Production

  • Produced by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson
  • Lyrics & Vocals by Mike Shionda and Chester Bennington
  • Background Vocals by Brad Delson, Joe Hahn, Rob Bourdon, and Phoenix
  • Additional Lyrics by Brad Delson
  • Engineering by Ethan Mates and Mike Shinoda
  • Digital editing by Josh Newell
  • Assistant Engineer: Alejandro Baima
  • Additional Assistant Engineers: Brendan Dekora and Jennifer Langdon
  • Studio Electro Tech: Warren Willis
  • Studio Drum Tech: Jerry Johnson
  • Album Production Coordination: Ryan DeMarti
  • Recorded at Larrabee Sound Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Additional Recording at EastWest Studios and Glenwood Place Studios
  • Mixed by Andy Wallace
  • Pro Tools Engineered by Paul Suarez
  • Assisted by Del Bowers
  • Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge
  • Assisted by Rich Morales

Additional Musicians

  • Additional Vocals and Guitar by Page Hamilton

Lyrics

In Other Media

  • "All For Nothing" is featured in the 2014 videogame Pro Evolution Soccer 2015.

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