Album Review: Papa Roach "F.E.A.R." - 5 out of 5 stars
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:38:33
Papa Roach are survivors. Very few of their contemporaries have been able to evolve and weather the tumultuous tides and trends of an industry that just can't sit still in terms of both business and music. It's a completely different world in so many ways than when the band first unleashed Infest in 2000. However, one thing hasn't changed. Papa Roach write rock tunes you just can't shake. Their latest offering F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise) could very well be a "greatest hits" for the California group.
The album combines the succinct needlepoint six-stringing from Jerry Horton that made Infest strike so hard, while Jacoby Shaddix's melodies and hooks captivate with a power akin to their biggest smashes from Getting Away With Murder. Tobin Esperance adds an unshakable groove, while Tony Palermo's drums channel a punk spirit sharpened on a metal edge. The title track functions as a straight-up call-to-arms veering between a stadium-size refrain, electronic sheen, and robust guitars.
"Skeletons" proves instantly catchy with its cathartic lyrics taking flight, while "Broken As Me" sees them gel like never before on one bouncing brilliant anthem.
"Gravity" sees Jacoby spit verses with a deft lyricism that brings rap and rock together like never before especially in between soaring and searing vocals from Maria Brink of In This Moment. "War Over Me" and "Devil" simply slam, while stand out "Warriors" includes a stirring cameo from Royce da 5'9" of Bad Meets Evil and Slaughterhouse fame.
It's an undeniable last word from Papa Roach as they wrap up the best of the album of their career so far. Bringing all of these infectious cuts together, it's clear at the end that they're going to continue to survive, and rock 'n' roll should be extremely thankful for it. This is their time to really rise. Join them now
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The album drops January 27. Pre-order it on iTunes now!