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The Summoning

From Linkinpedia
"The Summoning"
Song by Linkin Park
from the album The Hunting Party
Recorded:2013 - 2014
Stems:Stagelight (Linkin Park Bundle II)[1]
Time signature:4/4
Key:D Minor
Writer:Linkin Park
Producer:Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda
Label:Warner Bros.
The Hunting Party tracklist
  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


"The Summoning" is a short sonic experiment that the band added late into the process while recording The Hunting Party. It's meant to give the listener a break before the next track, "War".[2]

When asked in June 2020 if the song sampled older Linkin Park material, Mike said, "I don't think there are snippets of old Linkin Park things in it, we just made things that sounded very LP. You know what's fun about that song and about that album? If you really listen to it, there's elements of it that sound like... it's almost like taking like A Thousand Suns sounds and adding metal. I loved that after the fact, it was like a little dirtier with the samples and stuff. The non-guitar based drums, it was darker and dirtier. Darker meaning EQ, it wasn't as bright."[3]

The sample at the end of the song appears to be of Brad Delson and his kid playing youth baseball.


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 "The Summoning" was done by minuteforce. The instrumental version of the remix was released February 28, 2015.


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
The Summoning The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals

1:00 2013-2014 June 13, 2014
  • Labeled as "The Summoning (Instrumental)" on The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
The Summoning: minuteforce Viscera 1:07 2014 December 24, 2014
  • Remix by 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.
The Summoning: minuteforce (Instrumental) Viscera (Instrumentals) 1:07 2014 February 28, 2015
  • Remix by minuteforce.
  • Instrumental version.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download on February 28, 2015 in AAC, MP3 and FLAC formats.


"The Summoning" has never been played in full, but parts of it were incorporated into "Mashup Intro #2", which debuted at the private production rehearsal in West Palm Beach. Starting with Rock In Rio USA, "Mashup Intro #2" was dropped, and the only bit of "The Summoning" that was played live was dropped with it.


Linkin Park is

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


  • 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


Album Version

Guy #1: Watch the ball...
Guy #1: NICE!
Guy #2: RUN! RUN! RUN! RUN!
Guy #1: Alright, yeah!

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