Released: Aug 31, 2010
Genre: Hard Rock, Alternative Rock
Label: Eleven Seven Music
Number Of Tracks: 14
Papa Roachs latest release Time For Annihilation carries the appeal of both a greatest-hits record and EP all in one.
Time For Annihilation
UG Team, on september 17, 2010 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Sound: If you've kept up with this year's schedule of new releases, you may have noticed that a greatest-hits package for Papa Roach hit the shelves in June. Well, now that the California band has parted ways with Geffen Records, which released To Be Loved: The Best of Papa Roach, profits from the record will not necessarily be seen by vocalist Jacoby Shaddix and the boys. If you're craving a release that is the next-best thing in terms of best-of material, then Time For Annihilation is a fairly logical solution (one that is also endorsed by the band). It's true that those greatest hits are all done in a live concert setting on Time For Annihilation, but the band has sweetened the pot with five fresh tracks.
The new material is impressive for the most part, with Burn, Kick In The Teeth, and The Enemy carrying on Papa Roach's tradition of writing infectious, sing-along choruses and memorable riffage. Burn delivers right off the bat with a darker feel and twin harmonies apparently executed by Jerry Horton's layered tracks alone. No Matter What is your basic power ballad and will undoubtedly provoke lighters at the live show, but it's nothing too out of the ordinary. Likewise, One Track Mind fails to leave a huge impression and could be considered a fairly run-of-the-mill rock tune.
The remaining nine tracks were performed live over the course of several shows on Papa Roach's 2009 tour with Shinedown. What is most evident about them all is the fact that this is one band that sounds pretty impeccable live. Granted, there might have been some tweaking done with the audio mix, but the concert performances are solid as a whole. You're getting plenty of the tracklist found on that greatest-hits record we're trying to forget all about, with hits like Getting Away With Murder, Lifeline, Scars, and Last Resort included.
The live recordings are fairly true to the originals, with a few of the songs every once in awhile receiving a prolonged intro for added effect. That artistic decision actually makes those particular songs much more intriguing and in many ways you do feel like you're there in the live setting. Some bands opt to cut out any chatter/conversation on the live albums, but Papa Roach thankfully leaves in all of the banter from Shaddix. As far as frontmen go, Shaddix is one that handily connects with the audience and manages to rile them up with each F-bomb he utters. // 9
Lyrics: The five new tracks delve into everything from backstabbing to overcoming obstacles. Papa Roach doesn't get flowery or poetic at any time, but there is a real, conversational quality to the lyrics. Sure, the ballad No Matter What sounds pretty much what you'd expect a love song to sound like (I need you right here, by my side; You're everything I'm not in my life; We're indestructible; We are untouchable), but so do most bands follow that same route. Although there isn't anything too creatively amazing lyrically, it's not necessarily expected from a band that continues to draw a pretty diverse range of fans. // 7
Overall Impression: Time For Annihilation is a worthwhile purchase for Papa Roach fans. Some of the older songs that might seem tired at this point specifically Last Resort are injected with new life thanks to the live setting. The new tracks are likable enough that they could certainly hit high on the music charts, and if anything they'll tie you over until a full-length studio album of completely new material is released. And the most impressive aspect? The fact that Shaddix took a moment in the final moments of the CD to relay a message fighting hunger and homelessness. // 8
Time For Annihilation
Torturednights, on march 04, 2011 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Papa Roach have made the massive jump from typical teenage aimed rock to a proper rock band. The new sound is much more mature and not based upon the dramaticness from the previous endeavour Metamorphosis. The newer sound is much more fluid, and is much tighter then on previous work, including Jacoby's vocals, which are on the rise for passion and pure energy. // 8
Lyrics: The lyrics are much more provocative, heart pulling and mind blowing. No Matter What shows maturity beyond the bands previous albums, which include Infest and Getting Away With Murder. Can be abit repetative though, like on the track Kick In The Teeth. Which are still similar to Metamorphosis, but overall a big improvement. // 6
Overall Impression: It's maybe the best album Papa Roach have produced in years. It's showing matiurty, and still that little childish edge, in which the audience can really interact with and sing along too. It's maybe the best written so far for me. Musically, finally the guitarist has made a real effot, especially considering the draging on-ness of the studio versions of Hollywood Whore, Lifeline and Time Is Running Out. They show a new energy, new passion for their music and fans, in which they are now recieving the praise they deserve, Overall, an really good album. But still needs a few tweaks over the lyrics repetitiveness. // 8