F.E.A.R. Image
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: The eighth studio release for the nu-metal band features guest appearances from Maria Brink of In This Moment and Royce da 5'9".
Buy Now
Buy on
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 27, 2015
    70
    For 2012's The Connection, the steroid-heavy production was somewhat tempered so emotional catharsis could propel the album, and the same holds true for new collection F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Rise).
  2. Q Magazine
    Jan 27, 2015
    60
    Papa Roach may be a band out of time, but there's life aplenty here yet. [Feb 2015, p.113]
  3. Jan 27, 2015
    60
    Ultimately, it's just this kind of self-flagellating, dark-hued rock aesthetic that's worked for Papa Roach for well over a decade, and despite whatever passing styles or trends in pop music they've ignored in the process, it's a sound that seems to be working for them.
  4. Jan 27, 2015
    50
    Like Dorian Gray with a blowout, nu-metal holdovers Papa Roach have made their latest album sound like an eerie time capsule from the early 2000s.
  5. Classic Rock Magazine
    Feb 6, 2015
    50
    F.E.A.R. is so overripe it's fermenting. [Mar 2015, p.91]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 8, 2015
    10
    Quede impactado cuando lo oí. Tremendo disco, una batería potente, buenos riff de guitarra, un gran bajo y una voz recargada después de laQuede impactado cuando lo oí. Tremendo disco, una batería potente, buenos riff de guitarra, un gran bajo y una voz recargada después de la cirugía. En lo personal The Connection me encanto pero éste, aún más.
    Amazing Job.
    Expand
  2. Jan 3, 2017
    7
    The title track is pretty boring because it sounds too commercially aimed, but in general, the album contains good tracks. It is surely betterThe title track is pretty boring because it sounds too commercially aimed, but in general, the album contains good tracks. It is surely better than anything released since Paramours Sessions, but doesn't sound as good as their forst three releases. Expand
  3. Jul 4, 2015
    7
    Not as good as The Connection but still a decent record. Gravity is the best track on the album. It's the best rapping he's done since Infest.Not as good as The Connection but still a decent record. Gravity is the best track on the album. It's the best rapping he's done since Infest. The few songs with rapping on The Connection weren't that great. This album just isn't as good lyrically as The Connection. Another problem is that all the songs sound the same. There isn't much variety. Expand
  4. Feb 27, 2015
    7
    Like most bands do when they hit a lot of success with a new sound, Papa Roach has taken their last album and tried to expand upon it. OnlyLike most bands do when they hit a lot of success with a new sound, Papa Roach has taken their last album and tried to expand upon it. Only this time with the electronic elements have been toned down. None of that is really a bad thing. After all it was "The Connection" that sort of reinvigorated the band. The problem is that the album runs out of steam quickly.

    The energy you'll find in the single "Face Everything and Rise" is missing from the majority of this ten track album. I appreciate the more uplifting and emotional elements they carry, however I just wish that they didn't lose the energy of the first three tracks and that the lyrics were less generic.

    Not even a guest appearance from Maria Brink of In This Moment can bring add any extra life to the later songs. Unfortunately she lays a role in the only song on the album I would call bad. She's fine, but the rap-rock nature of it is just awful. The other quest appearance is from rapper Royce Da 5'9". His contribution went rather unnoticed by me.

    Overall I would say that it's a pretty solid album. I just wish it was heavier, louder, and more energetic. The slower songs and nature of "F.E.A.R." isn't actually a bad thing. It just makes for one of the weaker albums to come from this group. In the future I hope they go back to experimenting with their sound. As it stands the formula of The Connection still works here, but I feel they burnt it out. It's a good album, but a weaker one for the band.

    I give F.E.A.R. a 7.5/10.
    Expand
  5. Jan 25, 2016
    6
    This could have been so much better Gravity with Maria Brink was the best on the album as Brink vocals are hauntingly beautiful thoughThis could have been so much better Gravity with Maria Brink was the best on the album as Brink vocals are hauntingly beautiful though Warriors with Royce da 5'9" was bad due to its rap verse either don't bother with it or allow him a longer verse. Expand
  6. Sep 9, 2015
    6
    This is the most disappointing album that papa roach has ever made. However, I've got mixed feelings on it because I can still feel aThis is the most disappointing album that papa roach has ever made. However, I've got mixed feelings on it because I can still feel a connection with the music. I just feel like they've partially sold out to commercialism. Expand
  7. May 28, 2015
    4
    The Nu-metallers return for their eighth studio album as a band out of time and safely wading in shallow waters. There’s not a move we haven’tThe Nu-metallers return for their eighth studio album as a band out of time and safely wading in shallow waters. There’s not a move we haven’t heard hundreds of times before as they revamp former glories without a hint of innovation or progression. One has to groan and wonder how anybody could be so naive as to buy into this in 2015? Expand

See all 8 User Reviews