Sound — 8
It's a bit unfair to lump Papa Roach into the faded nu metal and rap rock scenes. While the band certainly shot to fame during that era it was the late 1990s, for those of you keeping score at home Jacoby Shaddix and his cohorts were guiltier by association than anything. The California band's signature groove is present on Metamorphosis, an album which despite the connotations of it's title, isn't too far removed from the band's hallmark sound, which is aggressive riffing and Shaddix's unconventional, emotionally all over the place vocal delivery. "I Almost Told You" boasts a hook that you could hang a hat on, while the razor sharp "Change Or Die" operates on a turbo-charged, punk rock battery. While Papa Roach may be five albums deep into their career, this song sounds like something they wrote during their nascent years and they just yanked it out and reworked it, thanks to the song's venomous, snarling energy. One thing that's more prevalent on Metamorphosis is the Guns N' Roses influence that rears it's head on the hopeful anthem "Lifeline" and the glitzy and glammy "Hollywood Whore," two songs that will camp out in your cranium for day at a time, thanks to the melodies. "Had Enough" is a slower, more contemplative song that demonstrates the maturity and songwriting growth that comes with being a band for so long. "Live This Down" is chunky, choppy and riffy song that is vintage Papa Roach. Also, it's refreshing to hear the band attempt another semi-ballad with "March Out Of The Darkness," which mixes guitar crunch with lyrical introspection and impassioned vocals.
Lyrics — 8
Sure, Papa Roach may have been considered "I Hate My Dad Rock," thanks to their earlier hits, like "Last Resort," which served as therapeutic songs for the band and the listeners. But that tag is undeserved and certainly she'd with Metamorphosis. Shaddix continues tackling a wider range of lyrical topics here, showcasing that's he grown up and has achieved clarity as life goes on. He alternates between a nasally clean vocal and a mid-level scream and he still knows how to craft a chorus that begs to be sung along with. He's still a bundle of nervous energy and an emotional firecracker, which only adds to his, the band's and Metamorphosis' charm.
Overall Impression — 8
Papa Roach are like the insect in their name although the "Roach" is actually a reference to Shaddix's grandfather, so humor me here. They won't die. They won't be killed. They won't go away. If there was a nuclear winter, Papa Roach would survive because of their tenacity and their impressive ability to churn out radio-friendly hit's that demand head bobbing! There's a reason that Papa Roach have outlasted so many of their peers and that's due in part to their songwriting prowess, which remains a strong suit on Metamorphosis. Papa Roach have all markings and makings of a career band.