Papa Roach
Time for Annihilation


3.5
great

Review

by Richard Warrell USER (16 Reviews)
November 20th, 2010 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Papa Roach grew up a bit! Papa Roach became a proper rock band while they were at it! Who knew?! Solid new material alongside shockingly better live versions of their older material.

Time for Annihilation is a confusing release - 9 live tracks, 5 studio tracks. Neither a live album nor a full new one, it initially sounds like a cheap way to get some singles out. But, despite the clearly carefully considered commercial purposes of this release it is actually an impressive release with a specific purpose. Time for Annihilation marks the final chapter in Papa Roach’s re-invention as a legitimate alternative metal band.

Many people who have caught Papa Roach live at festivals/supporting slots comment that even if they are not fans of their albums, they deliver a great live show. If you are one of those people, this is the album for you. The track list focuses more on their harder hiding recent material than on their dated sounding hits, concisely summarising this period well.

While there are two songs from major label debut Infest (2000), there are no offerings from 2002’s Lovehatetragedy. Instead, Metamorphosis (2009) and Getting Away With Murder (2004) supply two songs each, while 2006’s The Paramour Sessions provide the most – tallying in at three. This combined with the five new tracks – more than the usual one or two bonus tracks you might expect – do everything they can to bury the band’s rap rock/nu-metal past.

The band’s early 2000s success might have been where they made their name and their money, but it proved a burden in later years –the “teen metal” tag followed the band everywhere as did the word “sell out”. While it’s true that Kurt Cobain would be proud of the amount of consistent introverted, angsty musical output the band has made, somewhere en route to becoming multi-millionaires, the wimpy whiners got some balls. The music becomes more aggressive and there’s some real bite here, driven along by some tight grooves.

The new songs continue this trend for superior writing and production. "Burn" is a simple headbanger, "One Track Mind" is a danceable hook and riff-fest for the clubs, while "Kick in the Teeth" is a singalong anthem cookie-cut for festival crowds. The only weak song in the bunch is "No Matter What" - it's a bit of a generic ballad, but with a guitar melody that goes nowhere and poor vocals. Final new song "The Enemy" is not much better, but it has a more vintage Roach sound so leads into the older live material well.

This isn’t quite maturity, but they don’t sound like teenagers anymore and it works well in the live context. The band’s live shows are raw and powerful. This album isn’t saturated with the disgusting amount of production that turned early Roach albums into a swamp of studio magic and synthesisers. Even if Papa Roach’s big hits put you off the band a decade ago, I would recommend investigating this release.

The main competition for this release is the recently put out compilation To Be Loved...The Best of Papa Roach. That album contains slightly more hits, but this one is a far superior listen.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Counterfeit
November 20th 2010


17819 Comments


CUT MY LIFE INTO PIECES

FilthyBorgir
November 20th 2010


1334 Comments


It's an okay review, but you should have talked about the newer songs more.

TheSpirit
November 20th 2010


18002 Comments


interesting choice of first review....

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PingPongParty
November 20th 2010


32 Comments


i hate this band so ill probably won't listen to this

americanmusicmachine
November 20th 2010


3953 Comments


THIS IS MY LAST RESORT

americanmusicmachine
November 20th 2010


3953 Comments


SUFFOCATION

americanmusicmachine
November 20th 2010


3953 Comments


NO BREATHING

americanmusicmachine
November 20th 2010


3953 Comments


DON'T GIVE A FUCK IF I CUT MY ARM BLEEDING

Bleekill
November 20th 2010


832 Comments


"While it’s true that Kurt Cobain would be proud of the amount of consistent introverted, angsty musical output the band has made"
Are you serious? He would be disgusted with what has happened, that's probably why he killed himself. He knew that his mediocre band had somehow fucked modern rock forever.

TheRamblingElf
November 20th 2010


38 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Interesting choice of first review? This isn't my first time doing critical review writing, just my first on this site . Actually, it was my second, but my piece on Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power was deleted (it would be nice to know why, but there you go, I'm sure there was a reason).

I can't be bothered to get into a lengthy Cobain argument - those things can be never ending. But yeah, you're right, that is one take on it.

As for didn't discuss the new songs enough, that's a legit claim. I felt they were the less appealing, slightly more gimmicky aspect to this release and less worth discussing, but on re-reading I should probably have done more than mention them in passing. Oh well, I think it still gets the message accross.

Jesuslaves
November 20th 2010


4658 Comments


I might check this out, I probably like Papa Roach's newer stuff more than any of the regulars here.

TheRamblingElf
November 21st 2010


38 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tweaked to talk about new songs more (I'm still new to this site, didn't know it had an edit function, silly me!)

FilthyBorgir
November 21st 2010


1334 Comments


Now it's a good review, you talked about the new songs, thumbs up.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2010


21618 Comments


^lol

Never liked this band much but a good well written review.

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