It was a high-octane thriller of a night this past Tuesday at the Danforth Music Hall as nu-metal veterans Papa Roach played a Canadian Music Week show with Canadian acts Second Pass and One Bad Son.
Second Pass were first up and were decidedly closer to the metal end of the spectrum, sounding like a cross between KoRn and Alice in Chains. Vocalist Veronica McNamee has a powerful voice, bellowing out songs like “Biting my Tongue” and “Broken Life”.
One Bad Son were a little more rock than metal, with their primary influences seemingly classic hard rock artists like Guns ‘N Roses and AC/DC. The up and coming act is defined by lead singer Shane Volk’s tremendous shriek. The Saskatoon act is gearing up for some major touring as they ready new material such as the appropriately titled “Raging Bull”.
Papa Roach came out to thunderous reception, proving that their popularity hasn’t diminished at all in the past 17 years. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix was in high spirits as he launched into opener “Crooked Teeth”, a new song very in touch with the modern style of hip-hop. Shaddix was incredibly gracious between each song, affirming his love for the city of Toronto several times throughout the set.
It was a very front-loaded set, with many of the biggest guns being drawn fairly early. 2006 barnburner “…To Be Loved” was followed immediately by 2002’s sophomore album single “She Loves Me Not”. Similarly, 2004’s big crossover ballad “Scars” segued right into the inimitable classic “Last Resort”. Shaddix hopped into the crowd for that song, something he’d do several times throughout the night.
Newer songs were most prominent during the second half of the set, including the just-released “Help” which will be on the band’s upcoming album. The band closed with back-to-back singles- the bass driven “Getting Away With Murder” and 2000’s hit “Between Angels and Insects”. It was a high-energy end to the night which proved that the band is still vital and at the top of their game.