Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Raucous rockers heavy on expletives. Get the edited version.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byking hulk January 28, 2010
they use f$#@k way too much
Parent of a 1, 3, 8, and 10-year-old Written byJacobyShaddix32 December 18, 2009
Kid, 11 years old October 23, 2020

Not a good album,don't bother

First of all there is swearing and second of all there are no good Papa Roach songs on this album.Like Infest had Last Resort and Broken Home where Lovehatetrag... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bykad9806 February 8, 2011

my rateing should speek for its self

now im all for exposeing kids to things when they are younger but yah im still thinkthis is iffy even for MY age dnt get me wrong i love the album and eveything... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: December 21, 2015

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