Chester Bennington has revealed that the rockers are not only hard at work on a new record, but that he’d be “shocked” if it was not released in 2012. The album will follow-up “A Thousand Suns,” which debuted at No. 1 upon its September 2010 release and has sold 784,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“I can tell you that we have a lot of good music, a lot of quality songs,” Bennington recently told Rolling Stone, adding that Rick Rubin will return again as producer. “Typically we’ll have a once-a-week meeting to go listen to the songs that they’re coming up with and talk about them,” Rubin told Billboard.com of Linkin Park back in June. “For so early in the project, they are much further along than they have been on the last two albums we did. On [‘A Thousand Suns’] there were still a lot of irons in the fire. We knew, ‘OK, we can’t do this forever. Let’s leave this batch and we’ll come back and address it when we start up again.’ ”

In his Rolling Stone interview, Bennington also mentioned that he hopes the band would be able to release an album every 18 months (exciting news for an act that has released three studio albums over the course of ten years), a process simplified by both shortening touring cycles and also recording while on the road.

“Mike [Shinoda] and I are out there with our studios,” Bennington said, “technology, thank God, has gotten to the point when what used to be three refrigerator-sized racks of equipment and a full board the size of a king bed can now fit in my back pack — and we’re working on new music as we’re driving in the car to a venue or in our hotel room, and when we come home, everybody works in their homes.”

From: Billboard.com

Chester Bennington opened up in a new interview with England’s Kerrang! magazine about his past alcoholism and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Bennington said that he used to be a “full-blown, raging alcoholic,” adding, “I don’t drink. I choose to be sober now. I have drunk over the last six years, but I just don’t want to be that person anymore.”

Bennington that his addiction to alcohol reached its peak after a divorce from his first wife left him emotionally and financially drained. “I lived on alcohol,” he said. “It was either beer, or Jack and Coke, or Jack Daniels in a pint glass with ice. And then it got to the point where my wife said to me about seven months after we got together, she goes, ‘I don’t think there’s been a day since I’ve known you that you haven’t drank.’ And I was like, ‘What are you talking about? That’s crazy’ — as I’m drinking a Jack and Coke. That was where my life went.”

The vocalist also spoke with Kerrang! about the sexual abuse he went through at the age of seven at the hands of an older male friend. He said, “If I think back to when I was really young, to when I was being molested, to when all these horrible things were going on around me, I shudder.”

Linkin Park are doing a Secret Show For Japan at a tiny venue! This morning, Mike Shinoda shared their latest charity endeavor with Kevin & Bean on KROQ in Los Angeles, and discussed how YOU can fundraise your way into the show. Listen to the segment here: kroq.radio.com