Papa Roach back to reclaim title as nu metal king

Northern California hard rockers Papa Roach are celebrating the band’s 15th anniversary of Infest, the quartet’s triple platinum breakthrough release that features the wildly popular single ‘Last Resort,’ which topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, reached No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100, and got all the way to No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart. The occasion is being marked by the release of F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Rise), the eighth Papa Roach studio album that was recorded in Las Vegas with producers Kevin and Kane Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Hellyeah, In This Moment, Five Finger Death Punch).

A press announcement states that F.E.A.R. via the independent Eleven Seven label is the band’s “most infectious, invigorating, and incendiary body of work to date.” Papa Roach has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, and the band’s brand of melodic rock has played a major role in shaping the newly resurgent nu metal scene. F.E.A.R. marks the group’s return to “dominate the resurgence [of nu metal]” led by vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, Jerry Horton (guitar, backing vocals), Tobin Esperance (bass, backing vocals), and Tony Palermo (drums, percussion).

In 2010, Papa Roach parted ways with Interscope to sign the deal with Eleven Seven. The band's first album for the new label was Time for Annihilation, which combined new cuts with live re-recordings of early hits. The Connection was released in 2012 as Papa Roach’s seventh studio album and second on Eleven Seven. The project was produced by Sixx: A.M. frontman James Michael and Goldfinger's John Feldmann, showcasing a mix of the band’s styles and sounds from rap to more straight-ahead hard rock along with incorporating a distinct electronic influence.

The previous album’s electronic element is even more pronounced on F.E.A.R., which contains more “radio-friendly, industrial-tinged pop-metal sound” on tracks such as ‘Face Everything And Rise,’ a new single off the album that is currently No. 7 on both the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart and Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart. Other cuts off F.E.A.R. include what calls a “variety in other newly sampled tracks.”

Rapper Royce da 5’9″ is featured on ‘Warriors,‘ which was released digitally last October. The “hard-hitting likely future hit” ‘Broken as Me’ was made available to pre-order purchasers and on the Eleven Seven's YouTube channel, and the Loudwire review notes a “standout collaboration” with In This Moment‘s Maria Brink is featured on the track ‘Gravity.’ A couple other “potential radio and live favorites” are ‘Love Me Til It Hurts’ and ‘Skeletons.’

Papa Roach is currently touring the U.S. with Seether through Feb. 7. Four dates at the Soundwave Festival in Australia are slated for Feb. 21-22 and Feb. 28-Mar. 1, and shows in the U.K. and Europe are planned Mar. 7-Mar. 21. The band returns to the U.S. Apr. 25 for the Fort Rock Festival in Fort Myers, Fla., followed by Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, Fla. (Apr. 25-26), Rise Above Fest in Bangor, Maine (May 9), and Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio (May 15).

Watch the official music video for ‘Face Everything And Rise,’ the new single from Papa Roach of the album.

As A Matter of Fact…

* Papa Roach formed in 1993 in Northern California as a punk and rap-influenced band that eventually became a “straight-ahead hard rock ensemble with strong heavy metal leanings.” The group arose out of a meeting between co-founders Jacoby Shaddix (aka Coby Dick) and Dave Buckner at Vacaville (Calif.) High School.

* The group began releasing EPs in late 1993 and 1994 including Potatoes for Christmas and 1995's Caca Bonita. In 1996, Papa Roach replaced original bassist Will James with Tobin Esperance and the next year released the group’s first full-length album, Old Friends from Young Years.

* The band's regional success led to bigger gigs opening for groups such as Suicidal Tendencies, Sevendust, and Powerman 5000. A deal with Dreamworks Records followed and Papa Roach released its second album, Infest, in early 2000. The album went triple platinum thanks to the success of breakthrough single ‘Last Resort.’

* In June 2002, new album Lovehatetragedy demonstrated how Papa Roach was moving beyond its rap-rock roots by showcasing a “slightly more mature, melodic, and straightforward hard rock sound.” More success followed in 2004 when Getting Away with Murder went platinum behind the strength of the single, ‘Scars.’

* Papa Roach recorded fifth album, The Paramour Sessions, at the “infamous and historical” Paramour mansion in Hollywood—once the home of silent movie star Antonio Moreno. The 2006 project featured a “heavy L.A. rock aesthetic” and spawned the Top 10 rock singles, ‘...To Be Loved’ and ‘Forever.’

* Papa Roach toured in support of The Paramour Sessions with new drummer Tony Palermo. After tour dates alongside Seether, Staind, and on Mötley Crüe's 2008 Crüe Fest, the band returned to the Paramour mansion to begin recording Metamorphosis. The 2009 release reprised earlier metallic hard rock interpretations and reunited the band with Infest producer Jay Baumgardner.

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