Joe Hahn has come a long way in the last decade. Linkin Park‘s turntablist has guided the band’s visual presentation since designing the concept for their first video (“One Step Closer”) and new single “Iridescent” is his fifteenth directorial credit.
The clip is certainly techno-futuristic, in keeping with the digitized visual grammar of the other A Thousand Suns videos (not to mention Transformers: Dark of the Sun, which features the song on its soundtrack). The style is accentuated not only by images of Transformers alone (rather than entire spliced-in film clips), but also stagings from Western art presented as digital projections:
These touches aside, “Iridescent” most resembles 2001’s “In the End,” though where the limitations of CG (and Hahn’s nascent directorial technique) show through in that video, especially looking back, “Iridescent” showcases an artist completely in control of his craft. Which is why we forgive him the Toshiro Mifune puppet-master self-portrait: