Final Masquerade

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"Final Masquerade"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album The Hunting Party
Working title Drawbar
Recorded 2013-2014
Released September 26, 2014 (CD Single)
Format CD, Digital
Length 03:37
Stems Stagelight (Linkin Park Bundle II)[1]
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 164
Key C Minor
Live debut August 6, 2014
Last played November 7, 2015
Writer(s) Linkin Park, Emile Haynie
Producer(s) Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Emile Haynie
Label Warner Bros., Machine Shop
Linkin Park singles chronology

Rebellion (2014) Final Masquerade (2014) Darker Than Blood (2015)

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


"Final Masquerade" was among the final songs written for The Hunting Party, and the band brought in Emile Haynie, who is well known for working with some of the biggest pop stars in the world, like Katy Perry and Rihanna. Chester Bennington described it as "...stepping out of our comfort zone and we ended up writing a great song. It was a lot of fun, we had a lot of opportunities to step out of that, out of our world and invite people in for the first time."[2] The opening drum beat was initially a more complex beat done by Mike Shinoda, but Rob Bourdon improvised a part with more soul, and his take was what made it onto the album.[3] Initially, Shinoda sang the entire song, but wound up giving the lead part to Bennington.[4]

The label tried to get the band to release this song or "Until It's Gone" as the lead single for The Hunting Party, while the band had settled on it being "Guilty All The Same".[5] Obviously, the band won that battle, as "Guilty All The Same" was released as the lead single.

Acoustic Version

On February 18, 2015, Linkin Park released an acoustic rendition of "Final Masquerade" for free.

Regarding this version, Brad Delson stated on the band's website and social media, "In this stripped-down intimate version, the words and storytelling lead the way. I loved working on this special recording of "Final Masquerade", and we're excited to share it with our fans."[6] Mike Shinoda said on his blog, "Hey everyone, We made something cool the other day, and we wanted you to have it. Here’s a special unreleased acoustic version of Final Masquerade. Stripping it down to bare bones brought the sentiment of the song right to the surface. Thanks for all your support over the past couple months – we hope you enjoy the song."[7]

A promotional CD containing an acoustic version of the song dates back to January 13, 2015, the same date as the private acoustic performance at LP Underground HQ, where an acoustic version of "Final Masquerade" was performed.


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. The remix of "Final Masquerade" was done by Lizzi Cloverman and minuteforce. The instrumental version of the remix was released February 28, 2015.


CD Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Final Masquerade Linkin Park 3:40
2 Until It's Gone (Live at Rock am Ring) Linkin Park 3:50

Digital Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Final Masquerade Linkin Park 3:37

Acoustic Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Final Masquerade (Acoustic) Linkin Park 3:50

US Internal CD

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Final Masquerade (Acoustic) Linkin Park 3:51
2 Final Masquerade Linkin Park 3:38
3 Rebellion Linkin Park, Daron Malakian 3:44

Music Video


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Final Masquerade The Hunting Party 3:37 2013-2014 June 8, 2014
  • Released by MTV before the release of the album.
Final Masquerade Final Masquerade 3:40 2013-2014 September 20, 2014
  • Lacks the transition to "A Line In The Sand".
Final Masquerade (Official Video) 5:04 2013-2014 July 30, 2014
  • Extended intro.
  • Extended outro.
  • Different mix.
Final Masquerade (Acoustic) Final Masquerade (Acoustic) 3:50 2015 February 18, 2015
Final Masquerade (Instrumental) The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals 3:40 2013-2014 August 12, 2014
  • Official instrumental version.
Final Masquerade (Acapella) The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals 3:37 2013-2014 August 12, 2014
  • Official acapella version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Final Masquerade: Lizzi Cloverman Viscera 3:59 2014 December 24, 2014
  • Remix by Lizzi Cloverman and minuteforce.
  • 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.
Final Masquerade: Lizzi Cloverman (Instrumental) Viscera (Instrumentals) 3:59 2014 February 28, 2015
  • Remix by Lizzi Cloverman and minuteforce.
  • Instrumental version.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download on February 28, 2015 in AAC, MP3 and FLAC formats.


"Final Masquerade" debuted at the Private Production rehearsal held in West Palm Beach, Florida, two days before the start of the Carnivores Tour in August 2014. It debuted to the public eye two days later on the first date of the Carnivores Tour, also in West Palm Beach. It was one of two new songs from The Hunting Party to debut on the Carnivores Tour, the other song being "Rebellion". When performed live, Mike plays keyboards throughout the song, as well as second guitar in the choruses.

In May 2015, the song was dropped from the setlists, which included festival performances. The song returned in June for their short tour in Mexico, in Monterrey and Mexico City, in the full U.S. Festival setlist.

Throughout 2014 and 2015, the song was performed acoustically at various events. There are two different live acoustic versions of the song: one performed at the 10th LPU Summit featuring Chester, Mike, and Brad (this version was also performed at the private Machine Shop Acoustic Set in January 2015) and a version featuring only Brad and Chester, performed at the 11th LPU Summit. Neither version is the same as the studio version of the acoustic rendition released in February 2015.



Linkin Park is

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


  • Produced by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson
  • "Final Masquerade" co-produced by Emile Haynie
  • 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



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