F.E.A.R. är Papa Roach's eighth album counting their independent release Old Friends from Young Years from 1997. The band has now managed to stay on top for almost fifteen now and it’s not an accident as the band really have managed to deliver during this period. Think that their last album The Connection though was their clearly the weakest so far with a over-produced and digital sound that I don’t think fit them. Thinks however that the band was at their best in the mid 2000s when they delivered more traditional hard rock, though in a modern format.
This new album, produced by Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Otherwise, Chiodos) is a clear shake-up after The Connection, and shows more of the side of Papa Roach I like. Tracks like “Love Me Til Hurts” and “War Over Me” are really great area rock as well as opening and title-track, "Face Everything and Rise" where the band really have a new live favorite. A couple unseemly tracks can be here unfortunately like "Gravity" where it does not help that Maria Brink of In This Moment contributes. Really have a hard time liking this kind of rap-rock band that lacks of energy and edge. But except from that, F.E.A.R. is another competently album by Jacoby Shaddix and his men that will keep them on top for several more years.