no offense to those who actually like them, but to me, an impartial listener who neither liked nor disliked the band before i bought INFEST, this band seems kind of fake. they seem to be cashing in on the trend of rebelling for no real reason, and encourage impressionable youngsters to play into their fake “angst.” I mean, what’s this singer’s problem, anyway? What is he rebelling against? Making a lot of money? Getting played on MTV and being hounded by young women? It seems to me that this person is one of those types who tries to sell a product by trying to come off as “deep” and “troubled.” Listening to his snotty vocals and fake word-emphasis (’saaahfachhation,’ noooo breathing…) is really just annoying and I’d much rather listen to some other band do it who has a less transparent version of a “message.”
UK reissue of the alternative metal act’s hit sophomore album now includes three bonus tracks, ’Legacy’, ’Dead Cell’ (Live) and the enhanced video to their first single ’Last Resort’. 14 tracks in all. 2001 release. Standard jewel case.Papa Roach is a breed apart in the nearly overfull rap-rock arena. The Northern California-bred quartet lacks the bluster of Limp Bizkit and the political agenda of Rage Against the Machine, instead serving up an ultra-intense, highly personal brand of funk-punk-rock-rap on their stunning major-label debut. Closer in spirit to Faith No More than Korn, Papa Roach’s signature sound is defined by Coby Dick’s raspy, forceful vocals. Dick’s pointed lyrics astutely address everything from divorce (”Broken Home”) and attention deficit disorder (”Thrown Away”) to alcoholism (”Binge”). Jerry Horton’s memorable, melodic, and insinuating guitar lines and the band’s aggro, moshable rhythms provide added weight. Papa Roach’s intensity is never forced; the songs here are varied, discrete, tuneful, and cohesive. Indeed, the mellow, reggae- like ”Tightrope” is as compelling as the commanding ”Last Resort,” making Infest one of the most arresting heavy-music debuts of 2000. – Katherine Turman
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When I first heard “Last Resort” on the radio, the main riff sounded familiar…sure enough, lifted straight from Iron Maiden’s “Hallowed be Thy Name”. Then, after the incredibly moronic second single, “Broken Home”, a third single has appeared, “Between Angels and Insects” I believe is the title. This riff? Straight from Iron Maiden’s “Prowler”. I read in an interview that these guys claim they don’t listen to Maiden, but listening to their sophmoric lyrics, I doubt that they were smart enough to come up with the classical progressions by themselves. I haven’t even heard the whole CD, but I don’t have to. These guys are totally unoriginal and way too trendy.
Okay, so yeah, it is VERY Disturbing to see that “People who bought this title also bought titles from: Nelly.” But hey, don’t even pay any mind to the MTV kids under 13. Papa Roach is a very good band who happened to have a song that blew up on TRL. That doesn’t make them sell-outs, and it especially doesn’t make the music any worse than it was before it got big. Hear me, Amir? Fact is Papa Roach mix alot of styles, and the one thing that caught my ear was how they mix punk and reggae in with the usual Iron Maiden-type riffs and aggro-male lyrics. Even though the lyrics aren’t great, for some reason it’s easier to take P-Roach seriously than say, Limp Bizkit. Why? Maybe it’s because this band actually has some indie cred, unlike say, Disturbed. Okay, so Coby Dick comes off as his last name sometimes when he’s on TV, but the music is good. The best songs on this album are probably the ultra-catchy Last Resort, Broken Home, Between Angels and Insects, and the bonus track which I absolutely love for it’s deep reggae-tinged bass. You can say what you want, but this is for the kids who voted for Incubus and the deftones on TRL, not the kids who voted for Nelly.
After hearing Papa Roach’s single “Last Resort” for the first time, I knew I had to buy the album. Upon listening to it the first time, a few of the songs sounded similar, but most seemed to stand out very well. The strength and aggression put out on this album is incredible, and I can’t wait to get my hands on their older stuff. Coby has a great voice and it blends in very well with the powerful guitar riffs going on. I personally like the songs where he sings more than screams, although the screaming is very appropriate for the songs it’s in. My fave song on this album definitely has to be “Binge”, because the melody is incredible. Other faves are the secret track (which to my ears sounds similar to some Incubus tunes), “Broken Home”, “Revenge”, and “Between Angels and Insects”. The reason I gave 4 stars was because a couple of the songs aren’t as strong as the others and don’t stick out in your mind. But for the most part, it’s a monster major label debut, and I definitely hope to see more stuff from these guys in the future.
Before I start my review, I must say that I am not new to Papa Roach. Although I don’t live on the West Coast, I have been listening to them for quite a while now, and they have been one of my favorite bands for a very long time. So when I gave Infest a first listen, I was very suprised to find a rather new Papa Roach, for better or for worse.The first thing I noticed was that it was clear they had used a new producer, and it didn’t suprise me that it was Orgy’s Jay Bumgardner. It was odd to hear a band that I was so used to making straight-out songs that could be duplicated in a live setting to be using so many overdubs, a DJ on two tracks, guest vocalists, guitar effects, and vocal effects. Now, this isn’t necessarily bad, but definately different.Thankfully, all of the tracks are great…so far, I have listened through the CD 3 full times without stopping, and I’ve loved every song. My least favorite so far is Never Enough, but I’m sure it will grow on me. My favorites are Infest, Between Angels and Insects, and Revenge. Suprisingly, only 4 tracks (not including the secret song) were old songs. I was dissapointed that they didn’t put on Legacy, Barbed Wire, or My Bad Side, but that’s alright. It was funny listeneing to songs like Revenge (formerly Revenge In Japanese on the 5 Tracks Deep EP) because I have heard the old version so many times, it really threw me off to hear new little nuances and slight tempo changes. Also, I love the song Tightrope, and I was shocked to find it on there as a secret song in the form of some laid-back, ganja smoking reaggae version. But it is still excellent. All in all, this is a great CD, definately the best of 2000 so far. If I had never heard P-Roach before, I would probably be astounded by this release, but because I know they can do a little better, it didnt have quite as much appeal. But don’t get me wrong, … GO OUT AND BUY IT, YOU WON’T REGRET!