Album Review

Papa Roach - F.E.A.RPapa Roach – F.E.A.R

Any day now Papa Roach are due to drop their brand new eighth studio album ‘F.E.A.R’, the album has been in the works for well over a year now and after listening to the album a few times over I can confirm that Papa Roach have put so much into the album as it features 12 solid tracks, is extremely heavy for the majority of the running and also features a bit of rapping just like back in the early days of Papa Roach and not to forget a couple of special guest vocalists with In This Moments Maria Brink helping make ‘Gravity’ shine as one of the best tracks on the album.

The album opens with ‘face Everything And Rise’, a song which was released as a digital single back in November 2014 and it really opens the album in a solid way setting the pace for the rest of the album with its huge guitar riffs and explosive chorus which will have you singing-a-long word for word with Jacoby Shaddix.

‘Skeletons’ is a slower song than that of the opening song of the album yet when the chorus kicks in it has that kick arse Papa Roach feel that the band have been unleashing on their audience for the best part of twenty years now especially when Jacoby Shaddix shouts out “We all have our skeletons” over and over again.

‘Broken As Me’ is quite a technical song where the band really come together and unleash some damn right fantastic instrumental work but once again it is the vocals of Jacoby Shaddix which are seriously at their best throughout the whole of this album which brings the song to life full of emotion and passion and he screams his heart out.

‘Falling Apart’ opens with Jacoby Shaddix singing “I’ll follow you out of the dark, I tried my way but I keep falling apart” and seconds later Jerry Horton comes in with some big yet dark sounding guitar riffs, as the song progresses it goes through various build ups and break downs and generally shines ever so well.

The introduction to ‘Love Me Till It Hurts’ is one of the best introductions featured on the album where Jerry Horton, Tobin Esperance and Tony Palermo all shine in their own individual way, musically things are quite laid back and lyrically things are quite personal and close to the heart of Jacoby Shaddix as he sings out “Will you love me till it hurts, Never leave me at my worst, break this cycle, break this curse, love me till it hurts”, and not to forget the gang vocals of “Love me till it hurts, love me till it hurts, love me till it hurts”.

‘Never Have To Say Goodbye’ is a big emotionally charged song it also happens to be the most melodic song on the album with such a massive sing-a-long chorus and the song is bound to become a regular feature in future Papa Roach songs as it is the kind of song that you can sing your heart out to whilst taking that much needed break from the mosh pit.

‘Gravity’ is easily my favourite track on the album as Jacoby Shaddix opens the song with some impressive rapping with dark soundscapes playing out in the background, when the melodic chorus kicks in the song has a slight Linkin Park feel about it and then suddenly In This Moments Maria Brink comes in and let’s off a lot of anger with her impressive fast flowing vocals and they work really well alongside those of Jacoby Shaddix as the guitars and drums build in power and volume as the song progresses.

There are no weak moments on ‘F.E.A.R’ at all, in fact the more you listen to the album the more you will fall in love with it and the more you will change your mind on what your favourite track is for example ‘War Over Me’ is rocking ,‘Devil’ is a beautiful sing-a-long number, ‘Warriors’ has a mix of everything opening up sounding like something you would expect from Pendulum or The Prodigy mixed with the usual rocking sound of Papa Roach and not to forget an impressive solo from rapper Royce D.

The album comes to a close with the ever so speedy ‘Fear Hate Love’ a song which is so hard hitting and in your face that you will find yourself skipping back to the song time and time again instead of allowing the album come to a close.

Ever since Papa Roach released 2002’s ‘Lovehatetragedy’ an album which got panned by the critics and nearly saw the downfall of the band, Papa Roach have worked their socks off and made sure that each and every album release since has been kick arse and I truly believe that ‘F.E.A.R’ is the strongest album Papa Roach have released in years.


Review by Trigger

 Band Members

Jacoby Shaddix
Jerry Horton
Tobin Esperance
Tony Palermo
 Track Listing

1. Face Everything And Rise
2. Skeletons
3. Broken as Me
4. Falling Apart
5. Love Me Til It Hurts
6. Never Have To Say Goodbye
7. Gravity
8. War Over Me
9. Devil
10. Warriors

 Band Related Links
Papa Roach Facebook
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?