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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.

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, 15 years old Written byInk_Punk January 20, 2011


It is a really good CD but considering that they say stuff like mother****** it is not appropriate for young ones
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byChristian Baughman February 4, 2010
I love this band a whole lot, I think it is good for a higher age group. because it does have some bad Language. But I tihnk with the Language in it is away too make a point with the higher teenagers. Because in there songs they do have a spiritul meaning in there music.But that's my opinion.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great role models
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 BUT my rateing should speek for its self
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking