Feature: The Importance of Papa Roach's "Infest"
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:16:42
15 years on since its release and the impact of Papa Roach's Infest feels more tangible than ever. Introduced with the now-iconic riff stomp and eerie guitar needling of "Last Resort," the band blasted on to the scene with a deft balance of metallic edge, rock 'n' roll swagger (long before swag entered the lexicon), funk grooves, and a hip-hop energy.
They separated themselves from the pack further by consistently delivering crazy and cathartic live shows that left the audience just as spent as the band members. That dynamic energy can now be found everywhere from A Day To Remember to Attila, while their hooks definitely impacted the likes of Seether, Hollywood Undead, and more.
Bangers like "Between Angels and Insects" and "Broken Home" illuminated just how tight they were, becoming radio staples and eventually leading to U.S. sales of over 3 million and worldwide sales surpassing 7 million. It's a landmark record to say the least.
"Between Angels and Insects"
Beyond those phenomenal singles, it's the albums deeper cuts that leave the biggest mark. Jacoby Shaddix's cinematic rapping on "Revenge" could very well bring a smile to tour mate Eminem's face, while "Dead Cell" evinces the songwriting prowess of the group as a whole and Tobin Esperance and Jerry Horton's undeniable chemistry. As far as bass and guitar duos go, that particular scene never bested this one.
"Thrown Away" closed everything out with a swooping and soaring bang, making an epic final statement and hinting at the mastery to follow. This year's F.E.A.R. captures that same spirit, but enhances it, only expanding their legacy further.
Infest is one of those essential albums every hard rock fan needs, and it's the beginning of an incredible body of work. Take it for a spin now in honor of the anniversary.
What's your favorite song from Infest?
See our review of F.E.A.R. and our tack-by-track in Jacoby's own words. See Jacoby reflect on Getting Away With Murder here!