Fans of legendary nu-metal and alt-rock pioneers, Linkin Park, have encountered a trying 7 months since the passing of frontman Chester Bennington.

Earlier today, Mike Shinoda released a three-song EP titled Post Traumatic that deals directly with the anxiety and grieving process he’s faced since the death of his close friend and band-mate.

The EP marks Shinoda’s first release of material since Bennington’s death, with Shinoda leaving a deeply intimate message on his website to accompany the release, explaining in detail the motivation behind the tracks named ‘Place to Start,’ ‘Over Again’ and ‘Watching As I Fall’.

“The past six months have been a rollercoaster. Amidst the chaos, I’ve started to feel an intense gratitude–for your tributes and messages of support, for the career you have allowed me to have, and for the simple opportunity to create.

“Today, I’m sharing three songs I wrote and produced, with visuals that I filmed, painted, and edited myself”

The release of the EP has left some fans wondering whether there were plans for Shinoda to go ahead with new Linkin Park music, with Shinoda taking to Twitter to answer queries regarding the matter

“I have every intention on continuing with LP, and the guys feel the same. We have a lot of rebuilding to do, and questions to answer, so it’ll take time”, said Shinoda to a fan who pondered whether there were plans for new Linkin Park music.

The band have since released One More Light Live, an album that honours the life and passing of Chester, featuring performances from the band’s final tour of South America early last year. You can watch a moving performance of the track ‘Crawling’ here.

You can listen to Shinoda’s Post Traumatic EP here: