Common Sense Media says

Raucous rockers heavy on expletives. Get the edited version.





What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable

Some references to violence: "Another boy shot tonight / I can't believe what I'm seeing / A body bag, a mother cries."


A few fairly graphic descriptions of sexual situations: "You know I love it when you're down on your knees / And I'm a junky for the way that you please."


F--k used liberally throughout the album.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

While not pervasive, some mention of drugs and alcohol: "Cocaine nose and trendy clothes / Gotta send her to rehab."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that if they want to let their teens buy this record, it should be the edited version. To be sure, the album is less risque than many other rap-rock records, but it still contains enough f-bombs, sex, and substance use to warrant the parental advisory sticker it sports.

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What's the story?

Hard-rockers Papa Roach are back with METAMORPHOSIS, their first new record in nearly three years. Still trying to reclaim the massive success they experienced with their multi-platinum debut album, Infest, the foursome used Infest's producer (Jay Baumgardner) on this go-'round and recruited Motley Crue axe-man Mick Mars for one track ("Into the Light"). As the record's title suggests, the band has changed in some respects: they're no longer infusing their rock songs with rap stints (a la Linkin Park). However, the group's penchant for graphic language and other adult content remains -- making this album too mature for young kids.

Is it any good?


With this record, Papa Roach wanted the world to know they've changed -- but change isn't always a good thing. Part of Papa's original appeal was their rap-rock approach with an unmistakeably hard edge. On Metamorphosis, the rapping is gone and some of the songs are downright cheesy power-ballads. Though the band's traditionally tempting style of driving guitars and drums resurfaces on a few tracks, there's not enough of it for the album to truly stick to your ribs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about decoding music and lyrics and whether "comeback" bands need to load up their records with sex, drugs, and graphic language to make them appealing. For an artist's music to be memorable, does it have to include mature content? Can lyrics be meaningful without being shocking?

Music details

Artist:Papa Roach
Release date:March 24, 2009
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 17 years old Written bySlipknotsarah July 10, 2009
If your concerned about the launguage, then just get the edited version.
Teen, 14 years old Written bydicapriofreak94 October 22, 2010

Great album

Papa Roach is a very good band. The only problem is that after a few albums, most of their songs start to sound a little bit the same. But, all the songs/albums they come out with are very very good. I love this album because it has some good fast songs, but also has a few songs that aren't as fast, if I am in the mood for a slower one, I can listen to a few off of this album. The lead singer has a very distinctive voice, but a nice one! Ah he has a great voice. In this album, there is some sexual content, but not much, it's only in a few songs. This CD also has some swearing, a few F words here and there, and some other language, but definitely not a humungous load of swearing. I definitely recommend this CD to other rock/metal music lovers like me.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 16 year old Written bydido6661 August 6, 2009

papa roach rocks

sooo theyre saying stuff like i cant believe all the violence i see and thats bad. and its talking about the drug problem with starletts that young girls idolize i dont see that as being bad. its also saying stuff like i changed my life for the better and they are not comeback band. they never left
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Great role models


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