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Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Shares His Thoughts On Nü-Metal’s Resurgence: “As The Years Have Gone On, There’s Some Respect Upon It”


While rap rock stars Papa Roach shot to stardom amid the height of nü-metal’s fame, it was a sound they also eventually turned their backs on as the genre’s popularity began to wane. Recent records from the Californian outfit have found them re-embracing the sound of those earlier days, coinciding with the current nü-metal resurgence that has blossomed in the past few years.

Speaking of the genre once again being popular at a press conference held via this year’s ‘Hellfest Open Air‘, Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix offered:

“Nostalgia is such a powerful thing, and it’s so cool to see that that era is making its way back around. And part of it is because, you know, time. And the other part of it is this new generation of bands that were little kids that were listening to bands like Papa Roach or Korn or Deftones or Limp Bizkit or Linkin Park, those were the bands that they were listening to, so this music kind of influenced them. And now bands like Of Mice & Men or Bring Me The Horizon, you can hear elements of nü-metal in that music. And that’s frickin’ sick.”

As for his own band’s decision to step away from the genre, Shaddix offered:

“It was necessary. It’s always about evolution. And for a while I really despised the title of nü-metal because everybody was trying to compare us to Limp Bizkit or compare us to Linkin Park, and we were, like, ‘No, we’re our own thing.’ And we’ve proved that we are our own thing, throughout the years.

And now, as we look back, as older men, I look back proud on being part of that movement. It’s just dope that it’s finally kind of getting some respect in pop culture. I think that in the time, people just kind of looked down upon the genre. And now, as the years have gone on, there’s some respect upon it, which is… it’s dope.”


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