This is the first time a television series has taken the melody of a rock song and incorporated it into the underlying score of an episode in such a unique fashion, the network said in a release.
The Nov. 6 episode opens and closes with and is named after "Leave Out All the Rest," the fifth single from Linkin Park's latest album, "Minutes to Midnight."
Elements of the song are also used throughout the episode to underline and score the building story of Gil Grissom (William Petersen) and his unresolved love for Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), who recently left the crime lab, CBS said.
"We found the melody and lyrics of the song to work so well with our story, that we underscored Grissom's emotional journey with it," Jason Alexander, music supervisor for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, said in a statement. "We've been long admirers of Linkin Park and it was wonderful for us to collaborate on something special like this."
"They have an anthemic sound that's full of strength and simultaneous vulnerability. They were perfect for the show and the conflict within it," added Carol Mendelsohn, the show's executive producer.