Papa Roach
Who Do You Trust?


1.5
very poor

Review

by Dan Foster USER (6 Reviews)
January 21st, 2019 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Papa Roach ask the tough questions. And provide no satisfying answers.

Despite the towering size of being in a mech, the Jungle of Thestria still tower over me. Not even the smoldering wreckage of the hostile mechs and artillery do much to detract from the vastness of wilderness. I continue to make my way to the target without any issue; that is until Foster calls out on the comm; “It’s charging! Back peddle, get outta there!” Before I have any real time to react I see it coming out of the brush. A massive spider mech; armed with a massive plasma cannon and incredibly dense armour. Damn thing quick too. My mech is tossed to the ground like a cardboard cut-out as the spider smashes me into the ground. The only other thing going through my head at the time is the immortal voice of Jacoby Shaddix wailing: “AND I’M ADDICTED TO YOUR PUNISHMENT…”

That was my introduction to Papa Roach all the way back in 2004. At that time the band had already established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, transitioning from the rap metal outfit which gave rise to the rockstars to a more nu-metal / hard rock based sound. And now Papa Roach are back with Who Do You Trust" which marks the band’s 10th full-length record in the career spanning over 20 years, an impressive feat that can’t be said about many of their contemporaries from back in the day who have either fallen into obscurity or have failed to maintain a consistent output. It can be said without a doubt that part of the reason of their continued relevance in mainstream rock is the band's choice to incorporate whatever musical trend passing by without sacrificing the core of their sound. But now Papa Roach find themselves in an interesting position; with various Rage Against the Machine inspired projects popping up and Limp Bizkit making headlines again, it seems they’ve survived long enough to have their influences become popular again. This would provide the perfect opportunity for the rock veterans to show listeners once again why they made it big in the first place. Unfortunately Who Do You Trust" is little more than a mess, lacking both inspiration and focus.

Once again, we see the band try to balance new trends with their older sound; while this has always been met with mixed results at best, it seems this time around that even they can’t get behind what should be second nature to them. Who Do You Trust" starts of with the ever so cleverly titled “The End”, which is meant to serve as a both an anthem and a rising tension track in which Shaddix declares “This is the start of the ending and how he’s “watching all the moves you make” and “counting all of your mistakes”; however, the song climaxes much to early leaving a strained Shaddix to stagnate for the rest of run time. “Elevate” followers a similar theme, relying more on Shaddix’s rap chops and a sparser, more pounding instrumental backing; the problem here is that instead of a banger “Elevate” sounds like the musical equivalent of the old man the floor below you banging on the ceiling with a broomstick. The much more aggressive tracks on this album such as “Renegade Music” or the title track “Who Do You Trust"” are of course meant to be very in your face and abrasive, yet production is so overblown that instead of being heavy and pounding it simply becomes grating to listen to. From there we are left with tracks such as “Feel Like Home” and “Come Around” offering much more lively and upbeat instrumental that you’d find on the next big teen drama; while these tracks are definitely enjoyable in their own way, they offer very little in terms of originality or passion like much of the album. The only real highlight to be found is minute and half punk track “I Suffer Well”. Despite the fact that this track simply comes out of nowhere and does not relate to anything else on Who Do You Trust", it is simply a bombastic and fun jam in practically every way.

If there has been one thing that has constantly been a problem for Papa Roach throughout their career, it is that of generic song writing. And Who Do You Trust" is simply no exception. While the band has toyed with the idea of political leanings in the past, here the lyrics are simply so vague that they fail to make any real impression at all; to make matters worse, the aggressive, vaguely political themes are abandoned less than halfway through the album. Which ironically sparks the question whether or not Shaddix and company should be trusted either. Finally one thing that listeners could always expect from the band comes from none other than their frontman Jacoby Shaddix, his bombastic energy and charisma is one that out shined many of his contemporaries nor has ever been emulated since. But throughout the album, except for the previously mentioned “I Suffer Well”, Shaddix simply sounds lifeless and even bored no matter what he’s doing. His rap flows, is strained pseudo screams, and anthemic singing are just so monotone and flat in their delivery. Either that or it’s been distorted by so many effects it becomes unlistenable and even the stronger tracks suffer because of it.

I have almost always been willing to give a band like Papa Roach the benefit of the doubt, even their last few albums had some decent hits in my opinion; but here the band manages to sink to new lows, a feat some listeners felt wasn’t possible, with even less focus and passion than ever before. With their inability to answer their own question, perhaps a more fitting solution is provided ironically: perhaps it’s time to stop trusting Papa Roach.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dfevil085
January 21st 2019


1397 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

For whatever reason it took forever for the site to let me upload this.

What happened to this band?

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AgentDeathbat
January 21st 2019


9596 Comments


Pos'd
I Suffer Well would be better if it didn't literally sound like a carbon copy of Linkin Park's "War", and I'd say "Feel Like Home" is the only truly GOOD song on here.

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dfevil085
January 21st 2019


1397 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thank you!

I actually didn't listen to War before this, but yeah the comparisons are obvious. I do think the song is mixed better here though.

The instrumentals on Feel Like Home are definitely the best on here but Shaddix just doesn't do it any justice.

AgentDeathbat
January 21st 2019


9596 Comments


Honestly, I do think Shaddix does a good job on Feel Like Home, mostly because he stripped back that fucking ego that's ever-present on the other stuff. And yeah, I Suffer Well is War 2.0.

karpatfalvi
January 21st 2019


28 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is doghsit. Shaddix should go solo, and Papa Roach should be laid to rest for good

zeitgeistaddendum
January 21st 2019


31 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

This album made me sad. Papa Roach is a very nostalgic band for me and this album has definitely raped any positive sentiment I have from listening to them

dfevil085
January 21st 2019


1397 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

At this point, I doubt a solo project would do much good.

And I feel that Zeit, these guys used to be a corner stone of what I listened too

kaparoni
January 21st 2019


334 Comments


Boring as hell . Sounds like pop band now . Used to love this guys . I'm still listening to the first album and to Connection from 2013


bentheREDfan
January 21st 2019


497 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'm getting very tired of all of these bands feeling like they now need to write politically conscious lyrics. Seriously. I don't care about your political beliefs. I just want you to write personable, relatable music.

Trez
January 21st 2019


92 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Checked this out and what came to mind is "these guys are having fun". Got no issues with that.

dfevil085
January 21st 2019


1397 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@Trez I don't mind "fun" music, but to me it sounds like Jacoby especially is not having fun.



@Ben The thing is music and art have always been political and also they are people, they probably have opinions. Though to be fair. It would not surprise me to find out that Jacoby has his share of shitty opinions.

Roidv
January 25th 2019


3 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Great review and I couldn't agree more, I wanted to do my first review with this album but you make a better work than I would have done.

Unlike popular opinion, I don't think post-nu metal papa roach is that bad, and even if they sold out, at least they did a good effort trying to not make that obvious, but with this album it seems that they have not intention to still make that effort.

dfevil085
January 26th 2019


1397 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Why the ghost neg? :c



Thanks Roidv. Don't feel discouraged. We all gotta start somewhere.

I don't disagree. Connection is one of my favorite albums by these guys and I'll still listen to a few tracks from most of their later work. Even if it wasn't "good" per say they were still fun to listen to.

AgentDeathbat
January 26th 2019


9596 Comments


@dfevil: idk what's going on with it, perhaps it's to even out the odds because mine has one of them

dfevil085
January 26th 2019


1397 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Looks like the last PR fanboy has snuck out of the woodwork.

AgentDeathbat
January 26th 2019


9596 Comments


Lmao probably.

Spec
February 1st 2019


35651 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Is this just Hollywood Undead but like eight years too late?

dfevil085
February 1st 2019


1397 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

If Hollywood Undead tried to be Rage and Imagine Dragons then yes.

RottenRamone
March 9th 2019


12 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I expected mediocrity with this album and I got laughably bad.



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