Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix Says New Album 'F.E.A.R.' Is 'Probably the Most Positive Record We've Written'

The band's next studio album will be released in early 2015.

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Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix spoke to Kerrang! magazine (via Blabbermouth) at this past weekend's Reading Festival in England about the band's forthcoming eighth studio album "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Rise)," which will come out in early 2015. Shaddix said that the follow-up to 2012's "The Connection" is "probably the most positive record we've written. The element is from the darkness to the light."

He continued: "I think that there's obviously been an element of hope within the despair of the music that we write, and I think that that's always key, and that's very important to what we do, is to always have that elemnent of hope, and that's laced throughout the record."

The new album was recorded in Las Vegas, unlike "The Connection", which the band did at home in Sacramento. Shaddix explained: "[Recording Las Vegas] was, for me, very challenging, in a sense of, I was in a lot of fear going to that city, 'cause I've got struggles with drugs and alcohol. I've been sober for a few years now, and it was just, like, 'Alright, how am I gonna go to Vegas and stay focused?' And I just had to put my spiritual armor on and just go out there and do my best to be creative. And it was a trip, because when we got there, it was like a floodgate just opened."

Speaking about the musical direction of the new Papa Roach material, Shaddix said: "I think it's at all things good Papa Roach - it's big, banging riffs, it's a very guitar-heavy record. We kind of shied away from some of the synth stuff on most of the stuff, but then other songs, I bring back some of the rapping in some of the songs, which is freakin' killer. And it's a very dynamic record. It spans across the board, from heavy to reflective, to just in your face, out of control. It's just everything that we believe is great about Papa Roach. And we'll leave it up to the fans to be the judge of it. I love it."

Some of the working songtitles on the new album include "Just as Broken as Me," "Never Have to Say Goodbye," "Gravity" and the title track, "Face Everything and Rise."

The band's latest album, "The Connection," was made as Shaddix was going through personal turmoil, including problems in his marriage and a struggle to stay sober. He told the Pulse of Radio a while back that the music of Papa Roach thrives off its members' personal dramas. "Part of the chaos and the discontent and the madness that we have in our lives and that we bring to the table with the music is what makes, you know, who we are and the music that we make, you know," he said. "And I think if everything was just all cool and we got along perfect and we loved each other every single moment of every single day, I don't think we'd even have the passion to make music or make the music that we do make."

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    Suffocation no breathing dont give a F*** If i die with my arm bleeding
    Insert riff that was practically stolen from Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name and Green Day's Brain Stew
    T be fair Green Day stole that riff from Chicago, and Chicago definitely took that rhythm from some place else. Every possible rhythm has been played already, everything else is a permutation or straight up copy.
    I'm not a Chicago fan so I was unaware of that. Thanks for the little history of that riff. I'm going to have to check out the "original."
    They aren't the most "teknicalz" or "br00tul" band out there but they write good, catchy songs and they enjoy what they do I'll defo check the album out, they always have something good to offer
    No offense, but your first two points are irrelevant, and your last point should at the very least be a quality of any band. People don't hate Papa Roach because they're not brutal. I mean, I listen to the most brutal of music and the most chill, ambient of music. Sometimes I'm in the mood for some good, catchy songs. There's still a million different bands I'd turn to before them. If you're a rock band that DOESN'T have good, catchy songs, why do you even exist? That should be a given, not a highlight.
    Despite people shitting on them, I at least like these guys. They're a pro to-typical "california sound" modern rock band. I saw them open for Motley Crue once and they completely blew them away. I'll be interested in listening to this album as I've listened to all their albums, but I am not exactly chomping at the bit to hear it.
    I like these dudes but it wouldn't be difficult to make their most positive record. They tend to be pretty dark.
    I haven't liked a single thing they've done since Getting Away With Murder. I saw them last year though, and they put on a great show. They still have a lot of energy, but they're running out of good leads for writing.
    eww. papa roach.
    So you came on the article just to do that? Good use of your time
    Someone had to say it
    I'm not sure why someone had to though. They formed in 1993, hit it big in 2000. Papa Roach are clearly doing something right. Plus, I've saw them twice live, they were great.
    Yeah they were one of the first bands to get me into heavier music And from listening to "Time For Annihilation" I can tell they clearly know what they're doing live!
    I'm saying something now, that I've been saying for years about this band. F*CK Papa Roach!
    The rap comment scares me. They were basically a band that was big for the time that rap/rock was relevant (early 2000's) and that was about it. Once they started to veer off into just rock, they sort of re-branded themselves and became unique. Bringing the rap back into the music could be a bad move but we shall see. I saw them during the time of infest and twice after they dropped the rap gimmick. Much better band later on in their career.