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Metamorphosis
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Back in 2000, along came PAPA ROACH in the running for top alternative act with their first release "Old Friends from Young Years." Then legions of fans started to gather for what was to become their first major label release "Infest" on Dreamworks Records and the immediate impact on the music scene took a jolt to the system as it went platinum three times over and put them on the top of the chartsÖ but this was not enough! The band pounded the pavement by nonstop touring and PAPA ROACH landed many accolades an their way to superstar status.

Today in 2009, their sixth release "Metamorphosis" is already on the rise as the band heads out once again on yet another tour.

Checking out the new tunes, the opening track "Days Of War" that has the feel of a live stage performance. You canít deny the tone of "Metamorphosis" which continues on with a lot of that same "live" feel through out the release. Jacoby Shaddix is simply amazing as a front man and possesses some of the best vocals in rock today. These boys write hooked filled lyrics that get you singing along and combine it with destroying guitar solos thatíll have you playing one mean air-guitar before you know it.

If ya wanna "bump and grind," take a listen to "I Almost Told You That I Loved You." A little volatile on the ego front but hey, itís time to turn the table for a change. Check out the lyrics on this one women! Maybe itíll teach ya to stop fucking with guys heads!

Then thereís the hit maker "Lifeline." itís already on the radio and already on the top of rotations worldwide. Is there any sense in going further into "Lifeline?" Plain and simpleÖ it kicks ass!!!

If you want to get a sentimental feel of how some people are thinking, you really have to listen to the lyrics. Ok, PAPA ROACH are superstars and make great music but they also have feelings and the lyrics tell you that. "Had Enough" tells it like it is, another boy being shot dead coming home in a body bag as his mother criesÖ itís time for the violence to end!

What I really like about "Metamorphosis" is that no matter if the tune is soft or they hit you with some acoustics like on "March Out of the Darkness" or shredding tunes like "Into The Light," once that chorus hitsÖ the songs explode! I mean, these guys are on top of their game with the new release and this is a must add to your collection. Just check the fucking guitar riffs on "Into The Light." All I can say isÖ damn, Jerry Horton!

"Nights of Love" is another hit maker that I can see making its way up the charts. Good sing-a-long tune that the kiddies will like. Then ending the disc is the hard driving "State Of Emergency" Ö a fast track that says it all. The world is in a "State Of Emergency!"

Great release once again from PAPA ROACH!


Band Lineup:
  • Jacoby Shaddix - Vocals
  • Tobin Esperance - Bass, Guitar, Programming
  • Jerry Horton - Guitar
  • Tony Palermo - Percussion, Drums

 

Track Listing:
  1. Days Of War
  2. Change or Die
  3. Hollywood Whore
  4. I Almost Told You That I Loved You
  5. Lifeline
  6. Had Enough
  7. Live This Down
  8. March Out of the Darkness
  9. Into the Light
  10. Carry Me
  11. Nights of Love
  12. State Of Emergency

 

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