Papa Roach is considered to be one of the most influential and famous "rap and rock" bands of their generation, but when their genre has already lost its fame and glory, the group was able to successful swift directions and made a good transition to hard rock sound, which is more acceptable today.
Still using their knowledge in melodic rock, the group found it difficult to match the record they set with 2000’s Infest, yet they were able to steadily place hits onto the charts.
How Papa Roach Started?
The band was formed in Northern California in the year 1993. The group went through some line up changes. Today, the group consists of Shaddix, Horton, Esperance, and Buckner. During the 90s, the group did several concert tours and recorded EPs. Later on, they signed with Dreamworks, who released their debut album. It was considered to be their very best hit.
The group became even more popular with their song “Last Resort”. It belonged to the album Infest, which was released in 2000. It captured nearly all music fans. It was awarded double platinum within 3 months after its release. This has labeled the band as one of rap-rocks most promising artists.
From Rap-Rock to A Sleeker Sound
A lot has changed for Papa Roach in two years’ time after they launched Infest. In 2002, they did "Lovehatetragedy", which is far from the usual melody of rap rock. And because it was something unusual for their fans, it somehow turned out to be a failure as many critics expected more; way better than their debut album.
In 2004, the group returned by releasing Getting Away with Murder. It sounded better than the last, but it was a little less when it comes to lyrics and guitar aggression. These incidents have left the band confused. They are not a rap rock band anymore, and they are having a hard time finding out exactly what they wanted to be.
In 2006, Papa Roach proved that they are still popular and well liked in America with their newest release, The Paramour Sessions. But, their popular in other countries has obviously waned. The singles in this album wasn't so bad but they were a bit short as compared to others who are upkeep with rock trends. It was actually the band’s first major album to not get a gold record award.
It was in 2009 when the band finally had another huge break. “Lifeline” and “Hollywood Whore” where part of the Metamorphosis album. Both did really well in the radios, even before the album was formally released.
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