Nu metal was out. Eye liner and rock’n’roll bangers were in. Here’s how Papa Roach took the left turn that would keep their ca­reer on track

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of 2003, the writ­ing was on the wall for nu metal. That sum­mer, Limp Bizkit had been chased off­stage at a Metal­lica gig in Chicago by a hos­tile crowd chant­ing “Fuck Fred Durst!” A few months later, they’d strug­gled to repli­cate the success of 2000’s ‘nu metal’ bands,” admits front­man Ja­coby Shad­dix. “I was like, ‘This is fuck­ing weak.’ When we were dubbed nu metal, we hated it. We did ev­ery­thing we could to rebel against it. I didn’t want to be com­pared to ev­ery other band and be stig­ma­tised. I wanted to prove my­self as a valid rock singer and

was a turn­ing point for our band, es­pe­cially with a song like [2004 soft rock bal­lad]

You lis­ten to that song and you don’t think of nu metal. You think, ‘Fuck that’s a great song!’”

Not every­one was con­vinced that there was life after nu metal; for one, the band’s la­bel, Geffen Records, was far from en­am­oured when Papa Roach turned in

“DreamWorks Records got bought out so we went over to Universal and got pushed over to Geffen,” Ja­coby re­calls. “The pres­i­dent of the com­pany was not im­pressed with the al­bum. He was like, ‘I think this band’s had its time and is es­sen­tially over.’ We did not feel that way. We’re al­ways evolv­ing – that’s been some­thing even be­fore we put out [2000 break­through] We were like, ‘We think we’re sit­ting on an al­bum that’s amaz­ing and you are us­ing your pre­con­ceived no­tions

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