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Studio album by Linkin Park
Released March 25, 2003
Recorded April - December 2002
Length 36:39
Label Warner Bros., Machine Shop
Producer Don Gilmore, Linkin Park
Linkin Park studio album chronology

Hybrid Theory (2000) Meteora (2003) Minutes To Midnight (2007)

Meteora is American rock band Linkin Park's second studio album, released on March 25, 2003 through Warner Bros. Records. Five official singles were released from Meteora, including "Somewhere I Belong", "Faint", "Numb", "From The Inside", and "Breaking The Habit". "Lying From You" was released as a promotional single in 2004.


Meteora is the band's second album. Many view it as a "sequel" to Hybrid Theory, in that the same nu-metal sound is carried on from the previous album. Between the end of the Hybrid Theory touring cycle and the release of Meteora, the band took time to prepare and release their first remix album, Reanimation.

The name Meteora was derived from a rock formation in Greece, which has a monastery perched on top of it. Mike explained: "'Meteora' was a word that caught my attention because it sounded huge... In the same way Linkin Park doesn't mean the park, but the band, Meteora doesn't mean the rock formation, it means what this album sounds like." Chester continued his statement, "It's got this otherworldly vibe about it, it had this really great energy, and I wanted to have a record that lived up to that energy."

Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Boris Tellegen, Frank Maddocks and James Minchin III working on the ‪Meteora‬ wall.[1]

About how the artwork on the album came together, Mike said, "Just to be clear about what I kind of do as far as the artwork goes, usually on the albums, I work with another designer because it's a lot of work putting together an album artwork. I know our album had a really lengthy booklet with it. We'll usually just kinda throw some ideas together and get things started. For Meteora, we had a whole art day where Joe and I and Frank, who was our art director, then we invited out a graffiti artist named Delta, he's actually from Europe. It was a pretty big deal to get him out and get him to work with us. We had a lot of fun and we did a whole day where we just spraypainted and painted these gigantic walls. Things like that are really out of the ordinary and they're really special when we can make them happen. We're hoping to do some more things like that in the future."[2] Boris Tellegen (aka Delta) is also the person on cover of the album.[3]

Frank Maddocks explained how the wall with portraits of the band members came together: "Here’s a photo of one of the large walls we all painted for the album packaging. Original portraits by James Minchin Xeroxed and wheat pasted to wall. Then photographed again."[4] The picture was also used as the cover for the "From The Inside" single.

Writing and Recording

Meteora was recorded from April 2002 to December 2002 at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, California. The writing process for the album began in the Summer of 2001 during the Ozzfest Tour, where the band worked in the back of their tour bus. The band mainly recorded samples and guitar from their bus. One of the songs worked on in the bus was "Somewhere I Belong". The intro was Chester performing a chord progression on an acoustic guitar. Mike thought it sounded too "folky", so he and Joe reversed the sample, effected it, and cut it into parts to maintain the chord progression.

Linkin Park working on ‪Meteora‬ at NRG Recording Studios with Don Gilmore.[5]

Pre-production began in early 2002, after Projekt Revolution 2002. During this period, the band tried to get each song they wanted to work on as polished as possible before heading to the studio. They worked from Mike's home studio, starting work on songs including "From The Inside" and "Figure.09". Right after putting the finishing touches on Reanimation, the band headed to the studio with producer Don Gilmore. Before the band was in the studio, they had demos recorded for most of the songs, so they had general work frames set out for the new songs. The band tracked each part separately, in a specific order: first, Rob recorded drums, then, Brad recorded guitar, then Phoenix recorded bass, then Joe did his scratches, then vocals recorded by Mike and Chester. By October 2002, all the drum parts had been recorded and guitar tracking began. Brad took risks with his guitar tones, rather than focussing on a specific tone like he did in Hybrid Theory. By the end of October, bass recording had begun. One month before the deadline, in November 2002, scratching, additional instrument, and vocal tracking began. During this point, the strings for "Breaking The Habit" were recorded. Mike, talking about the song, said, "This is a song I've been wanting to write for five or six years." After hearing Mike perform the strings on the keyboard, Don Gilmore suggested a live orchestra, which ultimately made the final cut. Chester returned to the studio at the end of the month. In December 2002, then band began mixing in New York City, and tragedy struck: Chester became sick and could not sing while vocals still needed to be recorded. This resulted in Chester having to finish recording vocals in New York City while the band was mixing the album, so that they could meet their deadlines. Had they not recorded then, the album would have been delayed several months, or songs would have been scrapped. Mixing was done by Andy Wallace.

The band had an art day in Los Angeles, where the album art was created. The band brought out street artist Boris "Delta" Tellegen to create many spraypaint pieces. Mike described his work as "interesting, cubist satellites". The art was a depiction of where the album was at on that particular day. Each member kept painting over other works, and it at all became a cohesive work of art riddled with sketches and random words everywhere. The album cover is a picture taken by photographer James Minchin of Delta working with spraypaint. The band had a photoshoot on October 29, 2002 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, where a majority of the band pictures for the album were taken. Phoenix claimed, "The photoshoot... was really eerie. There's just this tension because this place is just... nasty." He continued, "Gradually as we were there, you hear more and more stories that 'such-and-such was assassinated and they pulled the body into this kitchen you're taking pictures in."

While recording the album, Linkin Park whittled down 80 songs to 13. "It's funny because with 'Meteora,' we probably wrote 80 different songs in the process of doing that record. We wrote maybe 40 and trashed all of it with the exception of a couple small ideas that we still liked and we moved on from there," Phoenix said.[6] In total, the band recorded 15 full songs[7] for the album, with 12 of them making the final cut. Other recorded tracks include "A.06" (and the longer version entitled "A-Six"), Pepper, Cumulus, Ominous, Halo, Unfortunate, and Rhinocerous.


The album was largely a continuation of the nu-metal style found in the previous album, Hybrid Theory, but did present several new, more experimental elements. "Breaking The Habit" and "Faint" both feature prominent string sections, and "Nobody's Listening" is largely driven by a shakuhachi, a Japanese flute made of bamboo.

When talking about the album, Mike said "We wanted to experiment and step outside of the box; so we brought in and used some live strings, piano. We used a traditional Japanese flute, which is called shakuhachi. We played with time signatures. There's a song in 6/8 – we've never done a song in 6/8 before, different tempos. Obviously, songs like "Breaking the Habit" and "Faint" are faster than any songs we've ever written and "Easier to Run" is much slower."[8]

Chester (LPU chat April 2003): "I think the idea of blending songs came from Reanimation we really loved the way the album flowed together by blending interludes. We really want to make albums that flow from beginning to end so we wanted to introduce that to our records."[9]



Meteora was issued on aqua blue vinyl for the Black Friday version of Record Store Day on November 27, 2020. It was limited to 3000 copies.[10]


  • Meteora // {cat. 093624928928}
  • Meteora (Bonus Tracks Version) // {+ LFY live, FTI live, ETR live, cat. 093624320821}
  • Meteora (Bonus Tracks Version) // {+ LFY live, FTI live, ETR live, 1 Music Video, cat. 0093624449362}
  • Meteora Collection (Digital Video Compilation) // {6 Music Videos, cat. 075993870060}
  • Meteora (Live Around The World) // {cat. 093624949725}
  • Meteora (Songbook)

Track Listing

Standard Edition

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Foreword Linkin Park 0:13
2 Don't Stay 3:08
3 Somewhere I Belong 3:34
4 Lying From You 2:55
5 Hit The Floor 2:44
6 Easier To Run 3:24
7 Faint 2:42
8 Figure.09 3:17
9 Breaking The Habit 3:16
10 From The Inside 2:55
11 Nobody's Listening 2:59
12 Session 2:24
13 Numb 3:07


No. Title Writer(s) Length
14 Lying From You (Live From LP Underground Tour, 2003) Linkin Park 3:06
15 Easier To Run (Live From LP Underground Tour, 2003) 3:22
16 From The Inside (Live From LP Underground Tour, 2003) 2:55

Tour Edition Cassette

No. Title Writer(s) Length
14 Lying From You (Live) Linkin Park 3:06
15 One Step Closer (Reanimated Live) Bennington Chester Charles, Bourdon Robert G, Delson Brad, Hahn Joseph, Shinoda Mike 3:43
16 Easier To Run (Live) Linkin Park 3:22

Tour Edition Bonus VCD

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Somewhere I Belong Linkin Park
2 Faint
3 Numb
4 Breaking The Habit

2013 iTunes Deluxe Edition

No. Title Writer(s) Length
14 Step Up (Live) Shinoda, Hahn, Delson 4:14
15 Somewhere I Belong (Live at Milton Keynes) Linkin Park 3:41

Meteora - Live Around The World

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Don't Stay (Live in Shanghai, 2007) Linkin Park 3:16
2 Somewhere I Belong (Live in Köln, 2008) 4:09
3 Lying From You (Live in New York, 2008) 2:57
4 Faint (Live in Hamburg, 2011) 3:41
5 Breaking The Habit (Live in Hamburg, 2011) 4:15
6 From The Inside (Live in Sydney, 2010) 3:28
7 Numb (Live in New York, 2008) 3:41



  • Produced by Linkin Park and Don Gilmore
  • Recorded by Don Gilmore
  • Engineer: John Ewing, Jr.
  • Assistant engineer: Fox Phelps
  • Recorded at NRG Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Mixed by Andy Wallace
  • Mixed at Soundtrack Studios, New York City, NY
  • Assisted by Steve Sisco
  • Mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering
  • Digital editing: Brian "Big Bass" Gardner

Linkin Park is:

  • Chester Bennington: vocals
  • Rob Bourdon: drums
  • Brad Delson: guitar
  • Joseph Hahn: records, sampling
  • Phoenix: bass
  • Mike Shinoda, emcee, vocals, sampling

Additional Instruments

  • Backing Vocals by Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Joseph Hahn, and Phoenix
  • Strings on "Breaking The Habit" and "Faint" Arranged by Mike Shinoda and Dave Campbell
  • Violins: Joel Derouin, Charlie Bisharat, Alyssa Park, Sara Parkins, Michelle Richards, Mark Robertson
  • Violas: Evan Wilson, Bob Becker
  • Celli: Larry Corbett, Dan Smith
  • Shakuachi flute on "Nobody's Listening": David Zasloff


  • A&R: Tom Whalley & Jeff Blue
  • A&R coordination: Marny Cameron
  • Marketing directors: Peter Standish & Kevin Sakoda
  • Worldwide representation: Rob McDermott for The Firm with additional servitude by Ryan Saullo, Ryan DeMarti, and Noah Edelman
  • Booking agent: Michael Arfin for Artist Group Int'l
  • Legal: Danny Hayes for Favis, Shapiro, Lwit, Montone, & Hayes
  • Business managers: Michael Oppenheim & Jonathon Schwartz for Gudvi, Sussman, & Oppenheim
  • Worldwide licensing and merchandising: Bandmerch


  • Creative direction: Mike Shinoda & The Flem
  • Art direction & design: The Flem
  • Installation artists: Delta, Mike Shinoda, Joseph Hahn, & The Flem
  • Photography: James R. Minchin III
  • Spray paint can close-up photos: Nick Spanos

Live Performances

Songs Played Live

  • Foreword
  • Don't Stay
  • Somewhere I Belong
  • Lying From You
  • Hit The Floor
  • Easier To Run
  • Faint
  • Figure.09
  • Breaking The Habit
  • Nobody's Listening
  • Session
  • Numb


  • LP Underground Tour
  • Projekt Revolution 2003
  • Meteora European Tour (Cancelled)
  • Summer Sanitarium Tour
  • Meteora European Tour
  • Meteora Australia and Asia Tour
  • Meteora UK November Tour
  • U.S. Holiday Radio Shows
  • Meteora North American Tour
  • Meteora International Tour
  • Projekt Revolution 2004



Critical Reception




  • Evanescence's debut album, Fallen, was being recorded at the same studio Linkin Park was recording Meteora. Wind-Up Records wanted Evanescence to sound like Linkin Park and wanted them to ask Mike Shinoda to be on their first single, "Bring Me To Life". After he turned it down, Chester advised Amy Lee to "be herself and tell the label to put it where the sun doesn't shine,"[11] but the label refused to release the song unless she agreed to make it a duet, claiming nobody wanted to listen to "a girl singing in a rock band."[12] They ended up getting Paul McCoy from 12 Stones (another band signed to Wind-Up at the time) to do the vocals. Mike first denied this story, saying, "I was never asked to be on any Evanescence music. Even if Chester said it, this part isn’t true (we all make mistakes)!"[13] However, 10 years later he confirmed it to be true, saying, "I turned it down without having even known anything about the band. [...] I just knew that, like, I did my thing in my band, and I didn't want to do my thing in another band."[14] A version without any male vocals was included in the "Bring Me To Life" single labeled as "Bliss Mix".
  • Rene Mata, the vocalist of Reach 454, was good friends with Chester Bennington and they made plans to record in the same studio all summer 2002.[15][16] While in pre-production with Jay Baumgardner, Mike Shinoda was announced to produce a few tracks for them and Joseph Hahn would be handling the programming of the entire album.[17][18] Reach 454's Lava/Atlantic debut album came out in 2003 but Mike and Joe weren't credited. It's likely the collaboration never happened.

External Links

Music Videos

Live Videos


  1. LINKIN PARK | METEORA — Frank Maddocks Design
  2. - Всё о Linkin Park по-русски! |, May 12, 2008
  3. “Meteora” Artist DELTA’s New Work (Amsterdam) « Mike Shinoda's Blog, July 06, 2011
  4. Frank Maddocks on Instagram: “METEORA 15 years. 🤟🏼 Here’s a photo of one of the large walls we all painted for the album packaging. Original portraits by @jamesminchin…”, March 25, 2018
  5. Pro Techniques from NRG Studios, November 2003
  6. liveDaily Interview: Linkin Park's Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell >> Tour dates and concert ticket info >> LiveDaily, February 04, 2004
  7. Studio report > 10.10.2002: recording vocals, October 10, 2002
  8. NYRock, May 2003
  9. LPU Chat, April 2003
  10. SpecialRelease | RECORD STORE DAY
  11. Korn, Linkin Park Singers Offer Advice To New Bands: 'Find Your Own Style' -, July 22, 2004
  12. Female rock stars not wanted in the UK. Apparently | Music | The Guardian, November 22, 2007
  13. wikipedia « Mike Shinoda's Blog, October 03, 2008
  14. Sirius XM Turbo - Mike Shinoda almost rapped for Evanescence, July 23, 2018
  15. Rene Erwin Mata on Instagram: “#TBT It was the summer 2002 I had just gotten signed to @lavarecordsofficial @chesterbe & me made a plan to record in the same studio all…”, July 21, 2017
  16. Rene Erwin Mata on Instagram: “Mad love to my #brothers in @linkinpark Damn we were young.. circa summer of #2002 @nrgrecording”, July 22, 2017
  17. - Artist News, June 20, 2002
  18. MusicMight :: Artists :: LINKIN PARK, 2009