Mike Shinoda was recently interviewed by Rollingstone.com and claims that the band's fourth studio album will be genre-busting, saying “they’re going to have to come up with a new genre name for what this record is.” He goes on to state that Linkin Park is about halfway through the writing process and hopes to have the album out for an early 2010 release. The quality of the tunes is top priority among his concerns, and says that “if we need to take a step back and make sure everything is top, top quality by our standards, we will.” "We want to hopefully move even more into being able to make more substantial music, and we’ve always been capable of it, but sometimes, there were different things that we got excited about on each record, about what we wanted to write and what we wanted to make and what kind of statement we wanted to make. On this record, we’re definitely paying attention to the substance and the nuance, and we hope to make something that’s really cutting edge and really different.”, says Shinoda. Mike says the record isn’t what he would describe as a concept album, but has some cohesive elements. “This isn’t necessarily a record that tells a story about a character or anything like that, but I do hope the record has a sonic identity, from beginning to end, that’s distinguishable from the other stuff we’ve done and distinguishable from everything else out there. I would love, at the end of the day, to be able to look at this record, and say its something totally new, totally true to the spirit of the band, and it doesn’t sound like anything else. That’s what we shoot for.” To read more, please visit Rollingstone.com. Thanks to Gitsnik for the news!