Sound — 9
Papa Roach's fifth studio album, Metamorphosis out on DGC/Interscope Records shows the band to be in excellent shape. The flames ignited by Jerry Horton's guitar shreds recall of Mudvayne, and the way Jacoby Shaddix's vocals wrestle with them takes brute strength worthy of Three Days Grace's lead vocalist Adam Gontier. The rhythm section of bass guitarist Tobin Esperance and drummer Tony Palermo invest their energies in creating vigorous torrents that lift these songs right off the ground. This is stuff that Top 40 radio stations are missing out on, and stuff that makes a perfect accelerant for audiences engines. Some bands make music that is pleasing to listen to, but Papa Roach's album does more than that by putting fuel in your tank. When musicians say that music is like food for them, audiences can relate to that because Metamorphosis is like sustenance for them. The music nourishes those parts in you that nothing else can reach, and lubricates those passions that have become rusted. Songs like Live This Down and Nights Of Love have a bite that arouses a fighting spirit, and tracks like Bad Enough and Lifeline reinforce faith in love and charity. The music is sprawled in whipping guitar conflagrations and vocals that can cut through the volcanic eruptions like a dagger. I didn't find a single misstep on Metamorphosis, every track will spark passion in your sensory system with equal gusto and leave you entirely satisfied.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics aim it's arrows for the jugular like in Live This Down when Shaddix's vocals char fast and furiously, How could you deceive me / I'm begging you to leave me Go to Hell / I'm better off without you / All is well / I'd rather be alone Cause you sold me out / You're never gonna live this down. You really don't want to be on the receiving end of some of these lyrics like in Hollywood Whore with a volley of sharp quips like Plastic smile to match your style, Awake by noon / Drunk by four, or White trash queen, American Dream. The lyrics are not all so nail-scratching and cleaver-digging as the album comes to the song Lifeline where a sliver of light peeks through the despair and anger, I put out my hand and asked for some help I've been looking for a lifeline / While it seems like a lifetime / I'm drowning in the pain / Breaking down again / Looking for a lifeline Is there anybody out there In a world so cold, it's hard to keep the faith. The bridge in Bad Enough also puts a shot of optimism into the album's hard rock bowers when Shaddix implores, I know you can change the future / I know we can make it happen.
Overall Impression — 9
Surprisingly, Papa Roach have not lost their nu-metal edge or their instincts for finding fertile ground to tap into arousing power rock tunage. After five albums, they are as hard and fiercely rabid as when they first started out. Metamorphosis is a testament to Papa Roach's affinity for heavy metal's meaty cuts and power rock's sawing shears. The production is big and the hooks are sharp, delivering an album that feeds hot-molten passions which would otherwise be rusted away. There is enough melodic substance to appeal to a global audience, and enough scorching guitar shreds to earn Papa Roach respect in the metal community. Co-produced by Jay Baumgardener (311, Evanescence, Incubus) and Papa Roach, and five tracks co-produced by James Michael (Motley Crue, SixxA.M.), the album's make-up sounds like Papa Roach have put everything they got into these songs, ramming at full-throttle and holding back nothing.