Papa Roach’s fifth studio album, Metamorphosis, is a call-to-arms. The multi-platinum, Grammy nominated Northern California quartet has created their album of the decade, and it’s a bold, belligerent and bloody statement. Papa Roach made a gritty, raw, relevant album that pulls no punches.
Since they burst onto the scene with Infest in 2000, Papa Roach has sold over 8 million albums worldwide, becoming an internationally successful hard rock presence. Over the course of their career including 2002’s Lovehatetragedy, Getting Away with Murder in 2004 and T_he Paramour Sessions_ in 2006, the band has had seven Top Ten hits including “Last Resort,” “Forever,” “Getting Away With Murder,” “Scars” and “To Be Loved”. As rock music has evolved, so too has Papa Roach, and the band remains as popular as ever – 3 of those Top Ten multi-format singles came from the band’s last album.
Co-produced by Jay Baumgardner and Papa Roach (with 6 songs also co-produced by James Michael), the album was written at the Paramour Mansion in Los Angeles. Metamorphosis shows the band’s great talent and growth. Throughout their decade together, Papa Roach has remained true to themselves and to their fans. Shaddix observes, “It’s a whole different ball game from when we started. However, our passion, conviction and drive remain the same. It still gets me off when we write a killer riff. That’s my drug of choice. Our fans really connect with the honesty and passion in what we do.”
Fans got their first taste of the new songs from the album during the band’s live performances on Motley Crüe’s Crüe Fest 2008 and with a free download of the viral video release for the song “Hollywood Whore”, which has had more than a million views since its release in November. The hard working career band is one of the best live acts on the touring circuit. From the main stages on OZZfest and Crüe Fest, to stints with everyone from Slipknot to Eminem, Papa Roach dominate stage after stage. Since this summer’s Crüe Fest, the top rock festival of the season, Papa Roach has toured with Staind and Seether and has played before 700,000 fans in the past six months.
Esperance concludes, “We’re very raw. There’s no fuckin’ bullshit, tapes or tricks. We aim to make people feel every emotion. We want to make dynamic and adventurous records. Metamorphosis solidifies our identity as a hard rock contender. We’re not going anywhere. You can’t deny Papa Roach.”