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So - on first listen at least - this doesn't live up to anticipation...
So while there are old songs to be played - 'Between Angels And Insects' is still a crunching, disaffected singalong, 'Broken Home' thunders with familial rage, and 'Last Resort' is ripped through in cataclysmically populist style - tonight is really about the new ones. Reassuringly, 'Born With Nothing, Die With Everything' and funk-heavy new single 'She Loves Me Not' could slip neatly onto 'Infest', while 'Sid' has the impressive bone-snap riffs you'd expect from something named after one of Slipknot.
But while hyper-heavy rap-tinged dysfunction brought them this far, much of their second album heads back to basics. As a means of escaping the increasingly-ubiquitous nu-metal orthodoxy, it's a savvy move but, for 'Time & Time Again', 'Life Like A Bullet' and 'lovehatetragedy' itself, it simply doesn't work. Instead these are boringly straightahead rock songs, prone to aimless meandering, wanton tunelessness and the newly-renamed Jacoby Shaddix' unconvincing attempts at singing rather than just emote.
So - on first listen at least - this doesn't live up to anticipation. Having ditched the Dick, Papa Roach also seem to have got rid of more than simply their singer's snappy pseudonym.
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