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Papa Roach - Who Do You Trust

Papa Roach
Who Do You Trust
by Craig Rider at 01 March 2019, 1:52 PM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: PAPA ROACH; signed via Eleven Seven Music, hailing from the United States of America - performing Alternative Rock, on their 10th album entitled: “Who Do You Trust?” (released January 18th, 2019).

Since formation in 1993; the quartet in question have 10 Studio Albums in their discography so far, I am introduced to their 10th album entitled: “Who Do You Trust?”. 12 tracks ranging at around 37:73; PAPA ROACHarrange an intricately designed formula of heavy-hitting developments of Alternative Rock distinctions, “The Ending” begins the record – ironically, conveying a diligently composed aesthetic of amplified ambience; atmospheric hymns, hardened with boistrously bouncy instrumentation and meticulous musicianship. I’ll have to level with you guys though; the Alternative Rock scene had never really interested me in terms of my prefered preference of flamboyant firepower, blasphemous rituals and savagely sinister hostility for example. This sub-genre has always rubbed me off as narcissistic, balanced with rap implementations that just seem lame to me – on the subject of energetically stampeding haste that is.

On to the record; for one the artwork is about as generic as it can get, on top of the radio-friendly rhythms…consisting of Jacoby Shaddixon vocals; the frontman demonstrates clean pipes of profusely robust rawness, executing a complex distribution of lyrical manifestations that stem from self subjugation that persevere with organic substance yet ultilizes unique versatility with vehement stability. “Renegade Music” excels with dextrous craftsmanship; creatively examining diversely dynamic attributes from guitarist Jerry Horton, while simplistic in design…the riffs thunder with progressively technical persistency. “Not The Only One” & the titular track element consistent catchiness; integrating cheesy songwriting that isn’t really memorably or original.

Elevate” contrasts with similar characteristics; while rambunctiously relentless, nothing overly stimulates me to raise metalized solidity. This is stereotypical stuff you would hear on the radio at least 3 times a day. Audible bassist Tobin Esperancebatters his axe with adroit hammering; dominating with prodegious stomps of seemlessly sonic thumping speed, variety and concrete grit. “Come Around” embellishes on conceptual inputs; inventively generating a grandiose granduer of harmonious melodies, synthetic electronics – culminated with upbeat orchestration and conceited lyricsm in which feels like I’ve heard this a dozen times before. Pummelling powerhouse drummer Tony Palermopounds his steel with eccentric frolicking; “Feel Like Home” is another frantically egocentric song, making this the primory theme for the record…unsurprisingly.

Problems” continues the assault of the aforementioned characteristic; leading me to raise eye-brows, yet the fluidly polished sound production helps keep thing stable and quinessential. “Top Of The World” showcases a more positive approach; still amalgamating assorted differences with chaotic chugging, galloping mayhem and anthemic aggression - coverged with extreme malignance and slightly captivating submersion of previous performances. “I Suffer Well” is practically a NAPALM DEATHtribute; lasting at a 1:23, it is the only track on the record I would consider metal - unfortunately - a good headbanging fix, however. “Maniac”establishes more dramatic self-indulgence; overarched with this lyrical thematic, the rapidly swift nimbleness is more appealling - still very miniscule, sadly.

Bottom line; the borderline foundation here is full of depressive melancholy in alt form, legitimately lit with finesse and fuelled with passion - pursuited with professionalism. Overall concluding “Who Do You Trust?” with the finale song: “Better Than Life”; I can’t say I was all too impressed with this discovery, having been aware of PAPA ROACHin the past through the 90s-00s era of the new wave Nu-Metal onslaught - I never felt the need to check them out, I guess this confirms that still true to this day - fans will love it, newcomers - at your own discresion.

Songwriting: 5
Memorability: 5
Originality: 4
Sound Production: 9

2 Star Rating

1. The Ending
2.  Renegade Music
3.  Not The Only One
4.  Who Do You Trust?
5.  Elevate
6.  Come Around
7.  Feel Like Home
8.  Problems
9.  Top Of The World
10. I Suffer Well
11. Maniac
12. Better Than Life
Jacoby Shaddix- Vocals
Jerry Horton- Guitars
Tobin Esperance- Bass
Tony Palermo- Drums
Record Label: Eleven Seven Records


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