In “Iridescent,” directed by band member Joe Hahn, Linkin Park creates its own conceptual universe, complete with religious symbolism, spaceships and giant robots. The video references everything from “The Last Supper” to H.R. Giger-inspired Transformers. It’s no coincidence that “Iridescent” is the lead single off the upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack (as well as the fourth single from the band’s fourth album, A Thousand Suns.)
“Joe Hahn sent me an e-mail that said something about ‘In the valley of the blind, the one-eyed man is king,’ or something like that,” frontman Mike Shinoda told MTV News earlier this year. “And the next thing I know, I’ve got horns growing out of my shoulders, and I’ve got one blind eye, and I’ve got a white dog and a snake on a throne made of antlers. I think you’d have to ask Joe what that all means.”
What could have easily been an obvious, easy video of Transformers fighting and turning into cars became a complex, surreal visually arresting piece of aesthetic work. We wouldn’t be surprised if Michael Bay gives Joe Hahn a ring when it comes time to direct the next “Transformers” movie.
+ Watch Linkin Park’s “Iridescent” video: