Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from The Episodes by Taproot, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

The Episodes

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Album Review

After the back-to-basics Plead the Fifth, Taproot once again get serious on The Episodes, an ambitious concept album that finds them reconnecting with their prog side without quite abandoning the churning nu-metal that brought them to the attention of Fred Durst at the beginning of their career. Despite those remnants of heavy fifth harmonies in the voices and guitars, The Episodes is certainly a record that flaunts its self-stylized complexities, frequently drifting into extended instrumental interludes, taking its time as it cascades from quiet to loud, often finding space for ominous recitals from a Speak & Spell. While the latter feels like a tired gimmick, on the whole The Episodes is refreshing when compared to the head-down rock of Plead the Fifth. Perhaps The Episodes never relates a coherent story line — it's impossible to tell what the story is without too close of a listen — the album nevertheless gels musically and it's one of the band's better efforts.

Customer Reviews

It's ok

First off, the Speak and Spell moments are ridiculous. It's annoying. And like the review says, it's a tired gimmick. It really seems beneath Taproot, and the S&S moments in my opinion take away from the songs and bring them down a level. Beyond that, while this album isn't as heavy as Plead the Fifth, which I thought was a fine return to Taproot form, it's not bad either. There really wasn't anything that absolutely jumped out at me though. While this is by far not Taproot's worst album, in my opinion it is a mediocre album. I do not think this is going to propel them to the top of the hard rock charts. I don't think bands should turn out the same old sound for 20 years, so I'm not opposed to change or trying different things. I just think this is a step back for Taproot after a great step forward with Plead the Fifth.


Definitely a concept album and elements of it (the apparent Stephen Hawking cameos) could be a little off-putting to some listeners, but how anyone can deny that this is one of Taproots best musical efforts is beyond me. In this day and age of all of these cookie cutter garbage radio "rock" bands (Shinedown, Nickelback, etc) you would think that listeners would appreciate a band going above and beyond to do something newer and exploratory that doesn't involve 3 chords, half-beards, and idiotic lyrics ie the aforementioned bands. Taproot did an awesome job here. Very rarely do you see this kind of balls out of an established band. Buy it.

Best taproot album ever!! WOW!!!

Listen to it twice and you will never be able to stop absolutely AMAZING!!!


Formed: 1997 in Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Alternative

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

Ann Arbor, MI's own Taproot sent their demo to Limp Bizkit's frontman/business entrepreneur Fred Durst in 1998, not ever thinking Durst would call them back personally. To the band's surprise, Durst replied, promising the alt-punk metal quartet the world. But Durst apparently took too long to deliver the goods, for Taproot -- whose lineup comprised frontman Stephen Richards, guitarist Michael DeWolf, bassist Philip Lipscomb, and drummer Jarrod Montague -- landed a deal with Atlantic Records instead....
Full Bio
The Episodes, Taproot
View in iTunes

Customer Ratings