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Linkin Park Premiere 'The Catalyst' on MTV!

Watch MTV August 26 @ 2pm...

Think you know Linkin Park? Thing again, because if whispers about their upcoming album and single are anything to go by, we’re dealing with a very different animal!

The sonically adventurous fourth album ‘A Thousand Suns’ is due for release next month, and keeping in tradition with Linkin Park tradition, their new lead single and retina-dazzling video ‘The Catalyst’ is undoubtedly unlike any song the band has ever released.

"We wanted a track that represented where the album was going to be and how it was going to work, and this was really the track to do that. ... It's a risk, but [it's] worth it," LP bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell told MTV News. "We've known [the album is] going to be different, and if fans were expecting ‘Hybrid Theory’ or ‘Meteora’, they're going to be surprised. It's going to take people some time to figure it out and know what to do with it."

For ‘The Catalyst’ video, which was directed by Linkin Park DJ Joe Hahn, the band drew inspiration from the inventor of the atomic bomb, and if Joe’s explanation is anything to go by, the visuals are going to be just as explosive.

“When coming up with the idea of the visual piece to accompany the song, I thought of the end,“ Hahn says. “What would it look like and feel like if someone pushed the button to decide our fate? What would it feel like if we accepted our fate in the moment of devastation? If we had a final moment to celebrate our final living moments, how would that feel? When J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb described the first test detonation of the atomic bomb, he famously recalled the Bhagavad Ghita, which says, ‘If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one.”

"Joe likes to create things visually, likes to go for something big," LP bassist Phoenix added. "So the look of it is very different. There's a lot of energy in it, and for me, that's what makes for a good video. It adds something to the song, and that's what makes me like this particular video even more."

As for ‘A Thousand Suns’, the band's much-anticipated follow-up to 2007's ‘Minutes to Midnight’, the band have assured fans it will be worth the year-long wait.

“People keep asking me, 'What does it sound like?' and it's hard to describe. When people hear it, they're going to have a tough time saying that it falls into a category," LP singer Mike Shinoda told MTV.com

And the best bit? The nu-metal rockers are debuting their new single and retina-sizzling new video for ‘The Catalyst’ right here on MTV.com.aa on August 26 @ 2pm on air and online!

Keep it locked here for more info! In the meantime, relive Linkin Park’s rip-roaring nu-metal genius in the vid below…