Papa Roach have smashed it out of the park… FACT.
“F.E.A.R.” is not only a blinding album, but it’s a showcase of how the band can progress and embrace moving forward without losing everything that makes them Papa Roach. All the key ingredients are there: insightful lyrics, killer Horton riffs, soaring choruses, infectious tunes and of course Jacoby Shaddix’s distinctive vocal style and angst… we even get him throwing out the odd rap! To top this off, there’s a strong electronica and dub step element riding through the record. It is a perfect example of an album that grabs you with both hands at the start, and doesn’t let go right until the echoes of the last track are fading… reaching for the repeat button is almost mandatory!
We know that Shaddix has a raft of life experiences to draw upon, and has been in dark places (check out our interview from a little while back), so it’s no surprise that there are dark tinges flowing as an undercurrent to the album. Shaddix really has the ability to channel this raw intensity through the music. He delivers such an heartfelt and feisty slab of rock, you feel you are transported back to the raw passion of the “Infest” days, without having to be an angry teenager.
Title track and opener “Face Everything And Rise” is rightfully doing the rounds with radio airplay, giving a taste of what the Roach are delivering. Chunky guitars, electronica and anthemic floor filling music. “Skeletons” maintains the intensity, digging deep into the dark undertones, again huge sounding and infectious. Not ones to shy away from sensitivity, Shaddix and Co pull on the emotions with “Love Me Til It Hurts”, and then have you reaching for your lighter and tissues with “Never Have To Say Goodbye”… it’s all quality stuff.
Maria Brink pops up on “Gravity”, as does the rapping, propper ‘old school’, with Brink adding a haunting foil for Shaddix to duel with. Decent, but not the most spectacular of tracks on the album. It serves well to round off the sensitive middle section, before the riffs and soaring vocals really kick back in with “War Over Me”. “Warriors” is another that has already had a general airing, and featuring Eminem’s mate and “Hip Hop Luminary”, Royce da 5’9”. It’s solid and punchy, again embracing progression and crossover for the Roach boys.
This really is a spanking album, and it’s well worth the two year wait since “The Connection”. Papa Roach’s 8th album is cracking, and with the impending UK Tour in March, 2015 looks like being the year of the Roach.
“F.E.A.R.” Is released in the UK on January 26th through Eleven Seven Music.
Catch Papa Roach on Tour on the following dates:
Sunday 8th – Norwich, University of East Anglia
Tue 10th – Bristol, 02 Academy
Wed 11th – Southampton, Guildhall
Thurs 12th – London, Roundhouse
Sat 14th – Glasgow, Barrowland
Sun 15th – Manchester, Academy
Tue 17th – Birmingham, 02 Academy
Wed 18th – Nottingham, Rock City
Fri 20th – Dublin, Academy
Sat 21st – Belfast, The Limelight