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Album Review

Papa Roach's debut album Infest quietly became a Top 20 hit in the first half of 2000, slipping underneath the radar of most pop critics and fans. It's easy to see why the pop elite passed them by, since the quartet just isn't hip, and since they are pushing an amalgam of every heavy sound that was popular in the late '90s. Basically, Infest is pitched somewhere between the classic grunge/industrial of the early '90s with hints of late-'90s behemoths like Korn and Limp Bizkit. There's singing, but it's balanced by rapping, and the heavy riffs are run through effects boxes that give it the controlled distortion common to alt-metal; it's loud, but you can hear each note being articulated. Lyrically, there's a lot of angst here, directed at everyone from parents and society to themselves. Strangely, each member thanks their families and God in the liner notes, but that's sort of beside the point, since this has the form and feeling of angst-ridden, post-grunge, rap-riddled alt-metal. Is it good? Well, if you're not into this stuff, this won't change your mind, but the band does work up some energy, sounds pretty muscular on most of the album, and has some good hooks, even if they tend to overplay their hand by throwing too many hooks into the riffs or screaming just a bit to much. Still, that's par for the course with alt-metal. So, it winds up that Papa Roach doesn't really distinguish itself from the pack in terms of sound, but they do stand out in terms of capability and consistency. Infest is a pretty solid alt-metal record, circa 2000, both for better and worse. It's a little generic, yes, but as far as the genre goes, it's not bad.

Customer Reviews


I've always liked Papa Roach, but after buying this on sale from iTunes, I have a new found respect for them. The themes of the songs have meaning, the music is very well put together. if your not into this kind of music, you probably won't be, but it is a spectacular albulm. The best might have to be the last song, Thrown Away which is very heavy. That song also contains a secret track that is somewhat Sublime inspired, that I don't think anyone could dislike. Buy this, it's worth the money.

Pretty Good

Good album Getting away with murder is better

A Must Download

I first heard Papa Roach (or, I'd thought I first heard them) when I heard the song "Getting Away With Murder". I then heard "Take Me" and "Scars", and I downloaded those songs. They were awesome. Then, when I realized that "Last Resort" and "Blood Brothers" (Which I'd heard on THPS2) were from Papa Roach, I checked out this album, and bought it since it had a good price. It was COMPLETELY different from "Getting Away With Murder", and it was a GOOD kind of different. I loved every track of the album, and I'm glad I got it. The rap elements mixed in the songs mix perfectly well, even rap-haters should get this album. Download this entire album now. It's basically a steal.


Formed: 1993 in Vacaville, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Starting out as a punk- and rap-influenced band, the Northern California group Papa Roach eventually grew into a straight-ahead hard rock ensemble with strong heavy metal leanings. Consisting of Coby Dick, Jerry Horton, Dave Buckner, and Tobin Esperance, Papa Roach formed in 1993 and began releasing EPs soon after, including 1994's Potatoes for Christmas and 1995's C**a Bonita. By 1996, the group had replaced original bassist Will James with Esperance and hired a new...
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