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"Infest": How Papa Roach wrote a classic

In the end they made it, in the end they got us where they wanted us from the beginning, down below, very deep down. In the dust. In the dirt. On the ground. Four underlying feedback loops tear you down for good, just a reverberation, an echo, a sound-technical effect that feels like one last, mean blow deep in the pit of your stomach. Stupid-stupid-dum-dum. Dumb-dumb-dum-dum. Stupid-stupid-dum-dum. Stupid-stupid-dum-dum.

As if the last three and a half minutes hadn't been excruciating enough, as if you hadn't had to let a psychotic Jacoby Shaddix bark your desperate anger in your face, even spit it, to the point of unconsciousness. And then this conclusion. "Broken Home" was the second single from Papa Roach's second album, and the end of that song marked the beginning of an era.

After “Last Ressort” catapulted the band into the Olympus of rock music, “Broken Home” consolidated Papa Roach's market-dominating position internationally. The balance is impressive: eight million albums sold and triple platinum. And by the way, with “Infest” they created one of the most style-defining NuMetal albums, a short interim epoch in the history of rock, but which had one of the most lasting effects of all. And last but not least, it was responsible for the fact that rock is now where you think you are after the 45-minute runtime of this album: down, very deep down.

The legacy of Kurt Cobain

This year the classic is celebrating its twentieth anniversary, which the band took as an opportunity to record it live again, to re-record some songs with prominent guest musicians, and should be reason enough to take a look at the legacy of this album. NuMetal was born out of the rubble of grunge. Kurt Cobain was dead, and as a musical legacy he had not only redefined alternative rock and finally torn the last connection between underground and mainstream, but also plunged the scene into a deep crisis of meaning at the end of the 1990s: How should it go on now? And where else did you want to develop?