Papa Roach, ‘F.E.A.R’ – January 2015 Release of the Month
The disc did have some competition as Marilyn Manson's 'The Pale Emperor' put up a valiant fight, while Sweet & Lynch's 'Only to Rise,' Enter Shikari's 'The Mindsweep' and Periphery's 'Juggernaut: Alpha' and 'Juggernaut: Omega' releases also got some impressive voting totals.
Even for a veteran band with as many miles on them as Papa Roach, there are new challenges to be had and for the 'F.E.A.R.' album, the guys went into the studio for the first time with no new material written. From there, they relied on what was inspiring them at the time, their years of camaraderie and a little push from producers Kevin and Kane Churko to create on the spot.
Frontman Jacoby Shaddix recently told 'Loudwire Nights' host Full Metal Jackie, "We wanted to bring back some classic elements of P-Roach on this record that I think will help make it a timeless record for us. That’s the big riff, we always want to focus on the big guitar riff, the catchy guitar riff and so we try to explore that on every track on this new record. But it’s a very dynamic record, to be completely honest. It’s very sprawling and it moves from rock influence sounds to metal, punk, hip-hop and electronic influenced sounds. It’s a petri dish of all things that we love."
Shaddix added in a separate interview with Loudwire, "We love music. We’re a reflection of the stuff that we like and we don’t like. Also it’s our way to explore life and themes in life creatively through sound. I just think if we keep approaching records with that in mind, we’ll be cool. I’m excited to see what’s next. We made this record ‘F.E.A.R.’ and it’s a very tight record. Very structured. Three minutes and 40 second song. It’s the most concise P-Roach record I think we’ve ever written. Still with heart and emotion, it’s like, what’s next? How are we going to get crazy expansive and magnificent and wild and adventurous on a song? What’s next? Who knows. But that’s P-Roach."
The disc has already spawned a hit single in the title track, 'Face Everything and Rise' and has given us a variety in other newly sampled tracks with rapper Royce da 5'9" turning up on 'Warriors' and a hard-hitting likely future hit in 'Broken as Me.' The album also features a standout collaboration with In This Moment's Maria Brink on 'Gravity' and potential radio and live favorites such as 'Love Me Til It Hurts' and 'Skeletons.'
You can hear Papa Roach working in songs from the album on their upcoming dates with Seether. The tour itinerary can be seen here. As for the 'F.E.A.R.' album, you can pre-order it at Amazon and iTunes ahead of its Jan. 27 street date.
Once again, Loudwire congratulates Papa Roach on 'F.E.A.R.' being voted as the Loudwire January 2015 Release of the Month.