Papa Roach Goes Djent

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson in the style of Papa Roach, an american rock band from California, formed in 1993. They released nine studio albums with a lot of success since the year 2000, when their album "Infest" was published. The current line up is Jacoby Shaddix (Lead vocals), Jerry Horton (Guitar), Tobin Esperance (Bass) and Tony Palermo (Drums).

    Music Style:
    Papa Roach is a band that likes let their music and sound evolve from album to album. their first ones were most oriented to new metal and rap metal, then they experimented with a more rocker sound that included elements from hard and punk rock but with a modern sound. Their newest albums has also some electronic arrangements but their riffs become even harder, with some influences from Post-hardcore and Djent bands. The cool things behind this is that they always sound like them, Papa Roach has a unique personality and can be identifies on every song. In this lesson I re-created the sound an style of their latest albums: "The Connection" (2012) and "FEAR" (2015).

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    Their music is mostly composed with minor tonalities. I analyzed songs form different albums and I mostly found aeolian and sometimes Phrygian modes, and just a bit of other modes in their songs. Most of the stuff is in minor and includes some borrowed chords from parallel modes. This lesson is in C minor key,and it combines aeolian with phrygian in the riffs.

    This is a rhythm lesson that combines different types of note values and techniques as only down strokes, alternate picking, palm muting and vibrato. I recommend that both metalheads and rock lovers beginners and intermediate players work on this lesson to polish their rhythm skills.

    I used LePoin plugins to create the guitar tone. These are free amp emulators that are extremely recommended. The cabinet used for this guitar tone is HyBrit which is a Marshall amp emulation and before it a tube screamer emulation. Check out the settings:

    Click HERE to download my Patch.

    I used Cubase to record audio and midi, SSD 3.5 for drums and Trillian for bass.

    Tuning: Dropped C

    Tempo: 140 BPM

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