Papa Roach
Time for Annihilation


3.5
great

Review

by Skybreaker USER (2 Reviews)
September 21st, 2010 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Papa Roach's time was running out to release a last resort to save their reputation from angels and insects

Just a few months ago, Geffen records released an extremely unimpressive compilation, “To Be Loved: The Best of Papa Roach”, to the disapproval of the band and its fans alike. Papa Roach proceeded to warn fans that they wouldn’t profit from the sales of the record, and to wait for their official new album “Time for Annihilation” to be released. Well it’s finally here, combining an EP and a greatest hits live album, Papa Roach looks to resurrect their reputation after the train wreck of an album that was Metamorphosis.

As skeptical as I was about Papa Roach releasing any post-Metamorphosis material, Papa Roach has made a nice bounce back from the trenches of mainstream mediocrity. The album kicks off with the track Burn, which is a nice throwback to the days of Infest. It’s kind of similar to the track Dead Cell off that album, with a grooving deep bassline running through the chorus. The next song, One Track Mind manages to stay consistent with Burn in terms of quality before the repetitive anthemic-esque romp that is Kick In the Teeth. Both of these songs manage to stay fun and catchy, just like you’d expect from old Papa Roach. After that comes the typical ballad No Matter What, and finally ends on a high note with The Enemy.

Overall, the five new songs are a much-needed step up from new material. After these comes nine of Papa Roach’s biggest hits live. These range from Last Resort to Scars to Forever and yes, Between Angels and Insects. Papa Roach manages to deliver a very strong live performance and a surprisingly good performance from guitarist Jerry Horton. Songs with lackluster studio versions (Lifeline, Hollywood Whore, Time Is Running Out) are injected with new energy which leads to a very enjoyable listening experience. Production is also top-notch, probably due to the bands new record label’s quality control.

One major downside to this album is the incredibly annoying stage banter uttered by frontman Jacoby Shaddix. For example, at the beginning of Hollywood Whore he manages to outdo himself in terms of class and belts out “Had enough of these motherf---ing Hollywood whores!”, as well as the beginning of Time Is Running Out when he yells “Got more gas in the tank!? Put your hands together, put your hands together!” This is supposed to be a live album, not a middle school TaiBo DVD.

As much as I’d like to hate it, Papa Roach manage to deliver an impressive performance with Time for Annihilation that overshadows it’s title and artwork immensely. It will be interesting to see what direction they go in from here. Oh and at the end of the album, Jacoby delivers a message about how you should text a number and donate five dollars to feed hungry kids in Africa. I’m not joking here, and I definitely don’t think it has a place on this album, maybe the CD booklet would have been a better place.


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Will C. (4)
Papa Roach is said to have lost their touch.............Nope....

Richard Warrell (3.5)
Papa Roach grew up a bit! Papa Roach became a proper rock band while they were at it! Who knew?! ...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Skybreaker
September 21st 2010


622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Okay guys i'm really not sure why this didn't indent right

Skybreaker
September 21st 2010


622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fixed - ish

Romulus
September 21st 2010


8436 Comments


scooby you should know better. as an avid scooby doo fan i know that scooby did not begin every single word with r's. that would've been far too messy.

Skybreaker
September 21st 2010


622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Reing ra rog ron ra rinterwebs ris ra reason rou ret rade run rof

Spec
September 21st 2010


27170 Comments


Good summary... I see what you did there..

Skybreaker
September 21st 2010


622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hahahaha thanks

Scrambled
September 21st 2010


391 Comments


Not a huge fan of paparoach, but fine review, i pos'd.

for edits, maybe change that one sentence from "Production is also top-notch, probably due to the bands new record label’s quality control" to "probably due to the quality control of the band's new record label."

or maybe thats too nit-pickey



theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2010


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

FUCK YEA PAPA ROACH

Digging: Chris Brown - X

renegadestrings
September 21st 2010


1442 Comments


good review.
i used to really like papa roach... then metamorphosis happened. part of me doesn't want to give them another chance

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2010


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

man metamorphosis was easily one of the worst albums ever.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2010


20857 Comments


Good review Skybreaker... It tells me everything I wanted to know about the album. Well done.

Might give this a listen some time down the track. 'Metamorphosis' basically put me off them as well.

Jesuslaves
September 22nd 2010


4655 Comments


Metamorphosis > everything else they've done (save Paramour)

might take a gander at this

Skybreaker
September 22nd 2010


622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the feedback guys



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