Papa Roach
Old Friends from Young Years


3.0
good

Review

by Ian USER (106 Reviews)
August 19th, 2012 | 41 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Frenetic guitar riffs, audible bass, and Jacoby Shaddix going crazy.

Old Friends From Young Years is Papa Roach's first full-length album. This is one of those incredibly obscure first releases for a band that actually is worth giving a listen. You would not expect this to be the same band who made hits such as "Burn", "Scars", or "Getting Away With Murder". You may find it easier to connect a song such as "Last Resort" with this version of Papa Roach, but it would actually make more sense if this was HED P.E. or System Of A Down's rare first album.

Frenetic guitar riffs paired up with front-man Jacoby Shaddix's often inaudible, often crazed ramblings make for quite the entertaining album. Songs such as "Liquid Diet" seem more like the Papa Roach of future with Jacoby practicing his singing, screaming, and rapping. "Liquid Diet" also shows the knack of writing hits, but at this point it is obvious Papa Roach was still learning cohesiveness. In addition, less than quality production could plausibly hinder (S.B.) newer fans from getting full enjoyment out of Old Friends. Although the production is not necessarily a weakness because the raw sound matches up with Papa Roach well and sometimes is refreshing rather than hearing what mainstream media would call 'clean' music. "Grrbrr" even sounds exactly like Post-Hardcore band BoySetsFire in the beginning, which brings me to what's probably my favorite part of the album. The fact that the bass work is in the mix high and makes the album flow is what makes this record digestible.

Jacoby's singing is definitely off-putting at times, but he is still impressive by just being all over the place screaming, singing, and providing nonsensical silliness. The bass stays consistent the whole time though and gives Old Friends it's own identity. The biggest flaw is not found in Old Friends, but in the band themselves. There is a lot of creativity found on Old Friends and that begs the question, "What the hell happened to Papa Roach?". Key members Jacoby and guitarist Jerry Horton have stayed in the band since this album and while Infest is great, the band consistently dumb themselves down with each release. So maybe that is the best thing that Old Friends From Young Years can offer. Old fans who hadn't heard this will definitely be pleased because this is not just some crappy first album made by kids. This represents everything Papa Roach could have developed to become System Of A Down's twin brother.



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Storm In A Teacup
August 19th 2012


13221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This needed a review so I thought I could provide.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoxhdxfwD_s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr_PVxhCYds

Storm In A Teacup
August 19th 2012


13221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sounds about right

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
August 19th 2012


3539 Comments


Wow, surprised that Papa Roach were actually ok at one point. I remember Metamorphosis was one of the first albums I
actually got when I was first really getting into music (yes, I'm young, don't rub it in) and I was severely disappointed that I'd
paid a full 10 dollars for that failure of an album.

Although I don't really think it's fair to take away from the album rating because of what the band became...

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Calc
August 19th 2012


12363 Comments


Anytime I see someone knocking "mainstream media" anymore I just roll my eyes...

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2012


50958 Comments


Can't tell if that's a cat's anus or a banana slice on the cover

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truekebabpower
August 19th 2012


639 Comments


better than their new stuff, but it could certainly use some polish

Storm In A Teacup
August 19th 2012


13221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@calc: well it is true

@trebor: yeah I have no idea man

mindleviticus
August 19th 2012


8330 Comments


this band sucks ass

Storm In A Teacup
August 19th 2012


13221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

*this band sucks corporate ass

fix'd

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
August 19th 2012


1477 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

To be fair, this is way better than their last few albums. Pos.

Apollo
August 19th 2012


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nostalgia itt

for myself at least

Storm In A Teacup
August 19th 2012


13221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

me too bro me too

breakingthefragile
August 19th 2012


2966 Comments


Back when they were good.

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Sciroccu
August 19th 2012


793 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Strange album, I enjoyed a few songs from this but that's all.
Very different from what they've done after...

Youtellme
August 19th 2012


1351 Comments


Fuck this band, seriously.

Storm In A Teacup
August 19th 2012


13221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ehh ill always have a nostalgic fondness of the band to a small degree

Youtellme
August 19th 2012


1351 Comments


Yeah i think we all have that with some band.

But i never liked these guys, even during the days that i listened to nothing but Linkin Park
and Limp Bizkit and shit.

Storm In A Teacup
August 19th 2012


13221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you to papa roach is me to limp bizkit it sounds like. except i can stand the last LP and EP

Storm In A Teacup
August 19th 2012


13221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you think birdman is serious about ressurecting their career?

Storm In A Teacup
August 20th 2012


13221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

commercially you could argue papa roach hasn't really fallen yet



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