Catalyst Lyric Video

August 2, 2010

Here’s a fun little quickie video some of our peeps made.Β  Someone on our team (thanks Nate) put it up on the official YouTube channel so you guys had a version with lyrics out there.Β  In case it isn’t obvious, this isn’t the official video for the song, ha!Β  That’s being overseen by Joe Hahn, and will be coming soon…



  1. zzaacc on August 8, 2010 at 1:49 am

    altho i hate looking back at the past, this song reminds me a little of ”session”

    Btw mike, have u seen the lyric videos avenged sevenfold put up? Very nicely done. This ones good too tho πŸ˜€

  2. troublev on August 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I love the new song. It was strange at first because of the little bit of techno but to be honest I like this new sound. Just because it’s different that doesn’t mean it’s not the same LP. I liked all the albums, all the way through and I was waiting for the new album since 2008! I see people requesting the so called old sound. That was Linkin Park too, they started a new wave with Mike rapping and Mr. Hahn mixing. But hey guys! This is LP too! New sound that’s true, but it still sounds awsome! Can’t wait to hear the new album. If it will be the same good as M2M and Catalyst then I am not afraid LP is going to lose any fans, I think it’s going to gain more! LP4ever:D

  3. addictedtolp on August 6, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Yeah the new song is really different from the previous LP songs.As far as I see the message, that is the lyrics are more like well to the fore than the music.(makes us think what we should think and be anxious as a human) To me the new album will be a great music revolution….

  4. ohfion on August 6, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Hey just wanna say that I love this song. Have been a fan of you guys for 9 years + now…ever since Hybrid Theory, and you guys accompanied me throughout my teenagehood. (I’m 20 now) Although I prefer the older sounds since it was what got me hooked on LP at the beginning, I think you guys are maturing in your music genre as well as the album art. Change is a natural part of life, and a sign of moving forward, so I hope people will accept it and I will still keep on supporting LP because your songs have been a huge inspiration to me, and lastly, I hope you guys will keep on producing great stuff! πŸ˜€

  5. nes4292 on August 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    hey mike i have been looking for a way to contact you but i wanted to express my opinion to you. I personally feel the LP was much better as a whole when you were doing your rapping and chester was doing his screaming. these past few songs just havent sounded like you guys. i really wish u guys would go back to that old sound. there was just something amazing about it that made you guys so unique. I personally know a ton of people who would be thrilled to hear that again from you guys. I would personally love to hear you guys tear it up like you did before.
    hope you respond

  6. madshell on August 5, 2010 at 5:00 am

    I CANT WAIT TO LISTEN TO THE OTHER SONGS! Especially “the messenger” cuz it sounds so cool! the name that is. whats more ATS is coming out on Eid! yay! xD

    okay i prolly dound like a 12 years old ._. and its all YOUR fault ❀

  7. kalinik on August 5, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Hi Mike! It’s Kalini. Since I haven’t posted here for a long time, I couldn’t enter my first account and I had to create a new account. First: what a nice surprise – no ND. After ND I was afraid that you’ve chosen this U2 limited style, but now hearing this alternative/electronic mixture, where LP could show that they are talented musicians and Chester could do great vocals, I’m sure LP is back. I’m waiting for the video for The Catalyst and for the album. I hope the making of the video won’t take Joe a long time. Good luck!

  8. avada44 on August 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    to linkin park members: i mean ya this song is not like i expected its not like every1 expected but u shud have made ur album the way u want not the way we want
    this featuring you contest was kinda mistake i rly apreciate that u gave the oportunity to one of us to be in ur album but then it wudn’t be ur album but ours
    i rly loved hybrid theory bcus it was u who made the record with all ur soul u made us love you the way u were not the way we want you to be if this song is how u want it to be then i have no problem ur still linkin park and i luv it
    i don’t want u to go to hybrid theory times it was a gud record but every1 has to move on congrats 4 moving up guys i’m w8ing 4 the album

  9. no2d on August 4, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    the song is geat guys love it blow my mind ive been jamming to this since the 2nd you guys have some balls putting a song like this out its way diff but thats good after all thats what hybrid theroy (lp) was all about taking a bunch of different sound and blending it together perfectly and you guys are great at it whens the next album coming ???????????? lol

  10. minitunes on August 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    mike!! post about itunes, the catalyst is falling on itunes charts =/

  11. haw13200 on August 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I loved the song and CAN NOT WAIT for the rest of the album!! =]

  12. whitepegacorn on August 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    You know what. People call you mainstream, people call you sellouts, but with The Catalyst I just realized (or remembered) how innovative and risk taking you guys are. That’s why you’ll always remain my nr. 1 band.

  13. tonyvilaysack88 on August 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Hey, Mike. I was wondering if you guys were doing a shorter TV-version of the video, and an exteneded full-length video for this song. “The Catalyst” is pretty lengthy for some TV stations, so I just wanted to ask. Thanks!

    The new song is really cool. I’m glad to hear Joe scratching in the beginning – just gives off a cool vibe. Care to list some dancey or electronic music you’re listening to?

  14. daedsoft on August 4, 2010 at 10:34 am

    But MORE BETTER !!!!

  15. lewiethefly on August 4, 2010 at 5:25 am

    At 3:52, I think the song could really use some loud guitar, give it some grunt. I have an idea that i used for the contest but don’t think I should post it online without LP’s permission. Thoughts?

  16. jozzie8 on August 4, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Correct me if I’m wrong but it’s interesting how the song doesn’t have an actual verse or chorus. The Catalyst definitely has a different sound to it, and the piano part of the song sounds familiar.

  17. zzaacc on August 3, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    you know what would be awesome? a “happy bday” from mike for my big 18th lol :3 would make my day

  18. dominic13x on August 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Thanx alot mike… The Catalyst is amazing ..MORE than expections!!! love you guys πŸ™‚ … I cant wait for ATS !!

  19. eriolvlad on August 3, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Hey Mike chek this out, I made this video and please give me your opinion please and thanks!

  20. markdfarris on August 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    The song is amazing Mike! Quickly becoming my new favorite!

  21. rubymj on August 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks Mike πŸ™‚ I love the song, you guys have outdone yourselves again. Can’t wait to hear the rest!

  22. tnti on August 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    thanks mike..we’re still waiting for the officiel video of the catalyst..i think it will be amazing,and with your new style more of electro and melodic you made us surprise and like you’ve said a thousand suns will be something different..we love you lp members keep rocking for us please πŸ˜€

  23. taylorkenji on August 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    finally an LP song i can bop to. love the beat!
    honestly, i cant picture it making it on any rock stations though.
    doesnt matter to me, i love it.
    PS: joe’s scratching is pretty kickass.

  24. thegluelpfan on August 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Very interesting.So I saw some of the band’s promo pictures,part of Salvador Dali’s movie,one of the videos used in the intro for Masters Of Horror series and some cool glitchy videos πŸ™‚ Thank you for the lyrics

  25. eyesonly95 on August 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Please help me out! I need help πŸ™‚
    (see previous comment)

  26. eyesonly95 on August 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Hey Mike I have a question for you! Hope you answer!

    I recorded some samples on my keyboard ( Casio wk-8000) and I’d like to export them so I can edit them on my laptop, right? I only have one problem: I can only export them on an SD-card as a “.mid”. But the .mid sounds really ridiculous on my laptop. Do you know how I can have it sound the same way it sounds on my keyboard? Please help me out! Thanks

  27. keveike on August 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks for my new addiction ❀ xD

    Listened today 39 times too it + all the other LP Songs.
    Hybrid Theory
    Minutes To Midnight
    " The Catalyst "
    + the songs that didn't made it to be on an album.

    Lp addict now and Lp addict forever.
    Thanks for making such great music and making my day .

  28. thepixelpod on August 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    like the lyrics ;3

  29. lplovei on August 3, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Man you guys dominated Kiss 105.3 in Gainesville, FL today. They played The Catalyst on thier own, then like 5 requests came in afterwards for older songs. In The End, One Step Closer, Some Where I Belong, Papercut, and Numb. Finally someone asked to put The Catalyst again. Then someone ruined you’re 7 song streak with a request for Sweet Dreams by Beyonce 😦

  30. thaguy16 on August 3, 2010 at 8:59 am

    umm. according to the following on

    Chester Bennington Online

    The Catalyst!

    Posted: 02 Aug 2010 12:03 PM PDT

    “The Catalyst” is now available to buy on iTunes and is streaming on Linkin Park’s myspace! The version featuring winner of the “Linkin Park Featuring You” contest is also available for streaming.

    Time for everyone to start calling your local radio stations and requesting “The Catalyst”!!

    A Thousand Suns will be released August 14, 2010! You can pre-order it at


  31. madshell on August 3, 2010 at 8:59 am

    MIKE, you the version of the catalyst in the trailer for Medal of Honor? its the same as this, right? sorry im kinda stupid… cuz i thought the trailer for MoH was the official video or smthing… bohh…
    anyway i hope joe does a gud job with the vid. cuz i didnt like the one for bleed it out much. although i loved smwhere i belong. and also the part in 8bitr! where he starts dancing naked or watever… lol
    oh and about the song.
    the lyrics are simply amazing, the music is a lot like HB, Meteora, and new divide and also what i’ve done.
    although i have to get used to the techno part :/ but i hope the other songs are slightly different. i love ur sense of versatility, thats why!

  32. SmokingMonkey on August 3, 2010 at 7:57 am

    So with all the reviews I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and submit my own… FROM MY CAT!

    She thinks its ‘meh’ BUT I LIKE IT!

  33. angelic01 on August 3, 2010 at 7:28 am

    ok, so… no need to say that the catalyst is … uhm… different huh? +lol+
    but even though it’s a little teenyweeny tiny bit too electro for my taste I like it… I like it very much actually +smiles+
    especially the lyrics had gotten to me – and I think that’s why I like the song so much. I judge more by the lyrics than the actual sound of a song ^^
    anyways… I can’t wait for the album to come out, I’ve waited for it so long and I’m dying to finally listen to it…
    +pulls all 6 of you into a big, tight hug+
    love, angelic

  34. luki9875 on August 3, 2010 at 7:06 am

    pre-ordering everything was the best thing i done this year i think πŸ˜€ enjoying the catalyst even more then yesterday πŸ˜€

  35. linkinparkforever275 on August 3, 2010 at 6:50 am

    The video is pretty cool i like it!!! But the official video will be kick ass for sure!!! cannot wait to see it! By the way, You’ve done a fantastic job with the catalyst linkin Park! For me its on of your best works! Excited as hell for ATS!

  36. fenix2exe on August 3, 2010 at 6:13 am

    thanks to Nate there was some parts i didn’t quite catch right now everything is clearer thanks guys and also the lyrics are so freaking awesome!!!
    can’t wait for Mr. Hanh and Lp next Video!!!

  37. kaoripo on August 3, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Today I’ve listened to the song several times, including the first streaming from a domestic radio station. Watching the video with lyrics, I liked The Catalyst more and more:) Thanks for posting!

  38. eeyore54 on August 3, 2010 at 5:41 am

    I can understand why some people don’t like it and feel disappointed, but frankly both the lyrics and the music are a-ma-zing ! Waiting for the video ! I’m sure there’ll be some “fans” saying that it’s not worth your HT and Meteora videos…:)
    True Fans will be revealed with this album !

  39. slowlearner32 on August 3, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Watching the video, I thought LP is not just musicians but also The Messengers.

  40. lpmongolia on August 3, 2010 at 4:43 am

    To tell u the truth,i didnt like it!i dont know!i always liked whatever you do!but this time,it didnt touch me!Mike,there is something wrong with me or The catalyst!i dont mean that i liked HT,Meteora better…i like MTM,New Divide!i am sure you did the best!but… i am still ur superduper fan!:) cant wait for the new album! i love you guys!

  41. defiantqueen on August 3, 2010 at 4:41 am

    its lyrics are so deep in meaning. its like talking about the last day on earth or the “judgement day” as called in certain religions.. its like talking about the hell.. and this person is trying to get out from there because he is trapped, as said in “lift me up, let me go”.. and is worried to be burnt down because of the sins performed in the world. but is also very desperate and helplessy begging the God to forgive him.. its saying that the world devastated “where oceans bleed into the sky” and the things happening are above the world “far from the world of you and I”.. dieing when world explodes..
    so touching..

  42. lisaasimpson on August 3, 2010 at 4:22 am

    The song is interesting.
    I don’t know if I like it, yet.
    Waiting for the rest of the album.


  43. elifdogru on August 3, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Mike, “The Catalyst” is amazing! You guys are awesome! I can’t stop playing this song!
    Mike, thank u so much.
    God bless us, btw! ^^

  44. lisalovelp on August 3, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Was nervous after I heard the sneak preview…my first thought was “omg it’s rav/ dance music” but I LOVE THIS SONG ! All the people saying it sucks and that youre catering to new fans, thats bullcrap. Yes, you love your fans, but it is YOUR music, YOUR EXPRESSION of emotion and life…you cant limit your musical growth just because SOME fans dont like it. The response is mostly positive and I think you guys are doing great. I do admittedly prefer your older stuff, but I think everything you guys have done is brilliant. IT IS ART ! you cant limit art !! Its always changing and progressing, which is what makes you guys so amazing! xxx

  45. hycrexxia on August 3, 2010 at 3:31 am

    i cant stop playing this song over and over again… i dunno man… it just sounds so fresh like its out of this world.

  46. lplovei on August 3, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Thanks for the lyrics Mike!! When you put ‘…’ before that usually meant you’re gonna keep us waitin’ and joke around with us so I’m gonna be expecting that in the next few days.

  47. linkinparkismylife on August 3, 2010 at 3:21 am

    I don’t know it sounds different at the beginning.. But I like it πŸ™‚ You always make great songs! They’re so emotional and real!! I believe this time they’ll be GREAT!!! πŸ™‚

  48. aninhalp on August 3, 2010 at 3:00 am

    The music is very intense. I can imagine the rest of the album. Thanks for everything. πŸ˜‰ And sure video is good too! #LinkinPark

  49. acdalgaard on August 3, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Thanks for the lyrics, Mike (: The Catalyst is a really interesting song and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.

  50. Aditya_the_warrior_within on August 3, 2010 at 2:07 am

    ok i wrote a blog post on today’s event
    check it out!

  51. Olla Chaz on August 3, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Oh my God, Mike..
    I don’t think I can explain how I feel about this song.

    The first couple of minutes, I was like “Wow, this is so intense..”
    And then came the interlude/coda part, and that’s when I went completely speechless.
    It’s so emotional that it brought tears to my eyes.
    I know it might sound ridiculous, but it’s true.
    No songs could ever do that to me the first time I heard them.

    So Mike, I can’t express with mere words how much I’m proud to be a Linkin Park fan for almost a decade now.
    If The Catalyst really represents the album, I’m sure you guys will be able to win the old fans back as well as grow new fans with A Thousand Suns.

  52. lode1989 on August 3, 2010 at 12:57 am

    We never saw Nate, never heard Nate… Since the featuring you winner video we saw NAte for the first time, and now all LPU-LP hardcore fans already know who he is. :d

    Thanks for the lyrics!

  53. rachels7 on August 3, 2010 at 12:51 am

    the song is amazing………i just cant belive.good job guys
    mem this is awesome…linkin park is the best band ever.iΒ΄me so proud

  54. riyah09 on August 3, 2010 at 12:42 am

    I really like the song!! Its awesome!! But yet I will somehow find people hating this song!! WTH!! Great job LP!! Love u guys lots!!
    p.s. U guys are awesome, and it will always stay that way no matter what!!!
    Lots of loves;

  55. lpmaria on August 3, 2010 at 12:33 am

    thank you Mike!

  56. orionwong on August 3, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Very dope. Totally Awesome. Completely Adorable!! Thats cool Mike! it sounds official, of coz i know it’s not. I it worths 1 million views. I wanna put it on the top of Youtube haha. I love it so much! thxD

  57. janashinoda on August 3, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Thanks for the lyrics Mike also thanks for the chat’s that u did today.
    and I agree with the rest. Joe has E-V-E-R-Y-T-I-M-E drove us insane with the last video and NOW that he is directing and everything sure he has step up on this and the proof of this will be ‘The Catalyst Video’ so a new era has released. soo anxious to get ATS

  58. Moepi on August 3, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Many people say, they don’t like the ‘new LP’. They want the ‘old LP’ back.
    But it’s so easy. old LP = new LP. πŸ™‚
    ‘The Catalyst’ sounds more like the songs from Meteora and Hybrid Theory like the songs from MTM to me. But you’ve done a lot with ‘electronic beats’ (? xD)… so, it’s also different.

    btw. NoBraiN’s Remix is great πŸ˜€ I always think my computer’s gonna break down πŸ˜€

  59. Aditya_the_warrior_within on August 2, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    awesomeness at its best!
    mike a small request.. can you please post the lyrics on the blog?
    would save us from typing it down πŸ˜€

  60. dianalpfan on August 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    I like The Catalyst πŸ™‚ Great song but i don’t like moment from 2:30 till 2:55. And thanks for the lyrics!

  61. jenjithesnail on August 2, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I’m not really sure if this will get read, but if it does then I just want you guys to know how much myself (and all of your fans) appreciate all the hard work you’ve done!

    I love the Catalyst so much! It’s different but I can still tell that it’s Linkin Park and I have to say that I love the new sound πŸ™‚ I’m glad to hear Mr. Hahn’s scratchings return… maybe Remy will make a comeback too?

    I downloaded The Catalyst to my walkman and just put it on repeat; I couldn’t stop listening to it! The lyrics have so much meaning and I know you guys will continue to create music that is special to us fans!

  62. jthebro on August 2, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Hey Mike, I’m really sorry for all the people that don’t agree with yours/Linkin Park’s recent choices. Linkin Park is a group of great artists. You guys made this album because of your love for music, you didn’t make it to please your fans. You are great artists, and true artists need only please themselves. I highly respect Linkin Park and all the choices you guys make, especially you Mike. You are a great inspiration to me. I love all of your work. You are a true artist.

  63. gnaa93 on August 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Nice… Thanks Mike! πŸ˜‰
    I loved the song.. it’s different but really awesome… that’s the best thing about you guys… πŸ™‚

  64. artemis2620 on August 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    hey mike thats a really nice song. different but nice !!! i like that u somtimes chance y music but not all the wey , cant wait to listen all the album. πŸ™‚

  65. catin2032 on August 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Hey Mike I have a question for you.
    Is LP going to be at the 2011 Grammy’s? Just wondering cause i want you guys to win your third.
    Also I love the Catalyst. You took a sharp turn, and it worked. Ive listened to it like 18 times today.
    Hope you can answer back.

  66. evooba on August 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Thx for posting! The video seems awesome πŸ˜€ And thx for doing the 3 chats today! It was great ^^

  67. toddalexanderwilliamson on August 2, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I just heard The Catalyst for the first time and I can tell you, I have been jumping around the house. I have never felt this alive. I have never been so proud to be a fan of Linkin Park.
    So, well done Mike Shinoda on ANOTHER brilliant single. i am looking forward to A Thousand Suns more than ever.

  68. smokins on August 2, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    amazing video

  69. lpequalswin on August 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    this song is utterly amazing. it’s great how it’s not the same sound. who wants the same sounding album every time? simply amazing.

  70. Alexandra Nofi on August 2, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    You seem to have this thing for trippy videos. Well, you were born in the 70’s so I’m not surprised.

    Thanks for the lyrics, because, I had them wrong, lol.

    I can’t wait to see the music video, after seeing that photo of Chester covered in paint. Very interesting. I bet it will make all the Bennoda writers on LPfiction go bonkers for a while.

  71. zahralp on August 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    it was night for me it was my 18TH BIRTH DAY and i was checking me email with dial up just to check if the songs in it, cuz i got the pre sale then i saw the chat in flooding sooo i went to the lpu chat and i got the link to the bbc thing and i heard the SONG!!! and u and chester talked after that and the song was repeated and OMG i got the song in my email!!!I LOVED IT !!!

    ps:i judged the song my self as if it wasnt a lp song and i really loved it!
    cant wait 4 the video X)

  72. Michael Gonzalez on August 2, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Jizz-tastic!!! πŸ™‚ LOL

  73. Kiara on August 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I liked it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

  74. pinkyloulou on August 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I think Joe should feel threatened, lol.

  75. EpicLinkinPark on August 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this Mike. I can’t wait to see the video, is Joe making “New Edits?” LOL. I am stoked! I Can’t wait, Take care :]
    Best Wishes,

  76. aravind221 on August 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    mike thnx for the lyrics , mike u rock man

    Ps : i never get to see joe online , plz say him that he has done an a amazing scratch it good to see him back , and for guys who were complaining abt joe Bang , bang , bang !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. kathyxx on August 2, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    thanks for the lyrics!

    i didnt feel like stopping itunes so i played the youtube on top of the song i had already playing. stereo.

  78. abbykulyde on August 2, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    thanks for posting the lyrics Mike.. HA!:)

  79. lpfmfan on August 2, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Haha, will watch! Meanwhile I can’t wait for the video of The Catalyst! I’m sure it’ll be beyond amazing, since Joe directed it! btw, when is Joe going to tweet? September 14th? haha.

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