On August 31st, Papa Roach released the debut, Time For Annihilation…On The Record and On the Road, for their new label Eleven Seven Records. Ironically, it was the Cruefest that featured bands on Eleven Seven’s roster where I first saw Papa Roach live. I wasn’t a fan of the band before that show, but I definitely was afterwards!
With the new album “Time For Annihilation”, you get nine live cuts, and five new songs. I have never been big on live albums, but I Papa Roach’s biggest songs are well represented here, including some songs off of their last effort, Metamorphosis.
The five new songs, “Burn”, “One Track Mind”, “Kick In the Teeth”, “No Matter What” and “The Enemy” are all great, and are worth the price of admission for this CD, all by themselves. They songs feel like an extension of Metamorphosis which was a pretty cool disc too. To me, the best part of the CD are the live tracks. The live songs do a pretty good job of capturing the energy of Papa Roach live. Their live show is what made me a fan of the band, so I am glad to have these tracks in my collection.
If you are a Papa Roach fan, Time for Annihilation…On the Record & On the Road is a disc that you will want to pick up asap! I have been enjoying this CD, and I think you will too.
- One Track Mind
- Kick In The Teeth
- No Matter What
- The Enemy
- Getting Away With Murder (Live)
- …To Be Loved (Live)
- Lifeline (Live)
- Scars (Live)
- Hollywood Whore (Live)
- Time Is Running Out (Live)
- Forever (Live)
- Between Angels and Insects (Live)
- Last Resort (Live)
Papa Roach is:
Jacoby Shaddix – lead vocals
Jerry Horton – lead guitar, backing vocals
Tobin Esperance – bass guitar, backing vocals
Tony Palermo – drums, percussion
I must admit that I haven’t been much of a Papa Roach fan over the years. After seeing their high energy set in Cruefest this summer, I decided to check out some of the Papa Roach’s back catalog, starting off with the bands’ 2004 CD, “Getting Away With Murder“. If it wasn’t for that live performance, I may not have picked this CD up. Much to my chagrin, I should have picked this disc up much sooner than I did.
I always considered Papa Roach to be more of a nu-metal or rap metal act, but as I quickly discovered, Papa Roach’s sound has been changing quite a bit over the years. Their current sound is more of a modern hard rock approach that blends in bits of pop, rock, and maybe even a dash of hardcore.
Jacoby Shaddix can go from a regular singing voice to a metal/hardcore like scream in a blink of an eye. Luckily their isn’t too many cookie monsterisms in his singing, which makes this disc a little more palatable to my tastes. If this CD has any faults, it is the lack of guitar solos, but the music style is quite common for rock artists today.
Not every song on this disc are instant classics, but there are quite a few good ones. Some of my favorite cuts on this disc are “Getting Away With Murder”, “Be Free”, and “Scars”.
“Getting Away With Murder” is Papa Roach’s 2nd CD to achieve a platinum selling status. (The first was the multi-platinum selling CD, “Infest”). If you are into today’s modern rock artists, you ought to give Papa Roach a chance. I was surprised to find that I liked the majority of the songs on this disc, and I think many of you will too. You can check out Papa Roach on the web at this link.
1. Blood (Empty Promises)
2. Not Listening
3. Stop Looking/Start Seeing
4. Take Me
5. Getting Away with Murder
6. Be Free
7. Done with You
10. Blanket of Fear
11. Tyranny Normality
12. Do or Die
Papa Roach is:
Jacoby Shaddix – vocals
Jerry Horton – guitar / vocals
Tobin Esperance – bass / guitar / vocals
Dave Buckner – drums / vocals
Sixx A.M.’s set was over way too fast. The road crew had the stage ready for Papa Roach in record time. I must admit that in the case of Papa Roach, they were one of the bands on the Cruefest bill that I did not care about. I didn’t own any of their music. I knew a few of their songs that I heard on the radio, but that was about the extent of it.
From the first second Papa Roach took the stage, I was pretty amazed. Jacoby Shaddix is an extremely energetic front man. He didn’t stand still for a second, and even came out into the crowd while singing a song. (This also made it damn near impossible to get a good picture of him.) The whole Papa Roach set was very high energy, and really got the crowd going. Their live set was so good that my personal opinion of the band went from “don’t care” to “draw“. I would go see these guys again in a heart beat.
Papa Roach’s live set included the songs: “…To Be Loved“, “Forever“, “Time Is Running Out“, “Getting Away With Murder“, “Scars“, “Last Resort” and a brand new song, “I Almost Told You I Loved You“, which will be on the new Papa Roach CD, Metamorphisis, that will be released later this year. You can see the video for this song below.
After seeing Papa Roach live for the first time, I completely understand why they got the nod to open for Motley Crue, in Cruefest 2008. I am glad they where there. They gained a bunch of new fans on the Cincinnati stop of the tour.