Thursday, October 11, 2012

CD Review: Papa Roach Find A "Connection" With New Album

California rock band Papa Roach recently released their second album, "The Connection" on the Eleven Seven Music label. According to lead vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, he stated that the title refers to the band reconnecting "to the music." He also went on to describe the new album as a "rediscovery of the basic elements of Papa Roach."

After a short instrumental, the band comes bursting out with the aggressive, heavy rocker "Still Swingin." The song features all of the elements that Papa Roach is known for, rapping lyrics, arena sized choruses and some amazing, hard-hitting music motored by the rhythm section of Tony Palermo on drums and Tobin Esperance on bass guitar. The album continues with that classic Papa Roach sound as fully displayed in "Silence Is The Enemy." The band aims at a more mainstream rock approach on "Before I Die" and "Leader Of Broken Hearts," before returning to a more edgier, harder rock sound. Singer Jacoby Shaddix seems like he's battling some inner demons on "Not That Beautiful" and "Won't Let Up" as the song becomes an anthem for hope. The album closes with the heart-wrenching lyrics of "As Far As I Remember," as Shaddix delivers some his best vocals on the entire album.

The new album was produced by James Michael (Sixx:A.M., Halestorm) and John Feldmann (Panic At The Disco, The Used). It was released on October 2 on CD, a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition, on vinyl and also digitally. The deluxe edition features two extra songs ("What's Left Of Me" and "9th Life") and a DVD of music videos and a making of the album documentary. Papa Roach will be closing out the year on tour overseas, but look for them returning to the states in early 2013. For more information, please check out

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