Track By Track: Papa Roach – F.E.A.R.
Your track-by-track guide to the new Papa Roach album
After toying with punk, metal and even glam, Papa Roach have come a long way since they steamrolled onto the scene in 1997 as a rap-metal outfit. F.E.A.R. (an acronym of lead single Face Everything And Rise) gives them a chance to revisit their roots, and throw in some earnest balladry along the way.
Face Everything and Rise
The eponymous second single from F.E.A.R. gets the album off to a storming start with a heavy helping of distorted vocals that hark back to the band’s early days. Defiance is the message here, with Jacoby Shaddix’s impassioned cries that he’ll "face everything and rise / never gonna quit until I die." He’s a frontman known for injecting emotion into even the most aggressive of songs, and Face Everything And Rise sets the tone for what he previously described as a ‘spiritual’ album.
The riff is back – having experimented with noisy, lo-fi punk on 2006’s The Paramour Sessions before making a slightly cringeworthy foray into glam-rock on the 2009 release Metamorphosis, Papa Roach seem to have found a happy medium between the two. Shaddix is still in a reflective mood as he implores that he’ll "show you my skeleton" – it’s angsty and dark with a stomping rhythm and driving melody that keeps it safely out of sob-story territory.