MUSIC REVIEW: F.E.A.R – Papa Roach

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F.E.A.R. is Papa Roach’s eight studio album, released on ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC, and is the follow up to The Connection (2012)

If fans expecting a Papa Roach album, they needn’t look further as F.E.A.R. doesn’t deviate from the mould of the band’s recent releases. Rather, it continues a journey that has helped them enjoy success with fans.

The album title, which stands for Face Everything and Rise, has been met with mixed reviews by critics. Rolling Stone branded the album with a 2 1/2 star rating, citing: “Somebody please tell him [Jacoby Shaddix] that, though his band may still be on the charts, MTV cancelled TRL.

It’s a bit harsh for a band that hasn’t really been keen on pushing the boundaries — and if they have been, then apologies — but RS is fair as Papa Roach has always had sort of an identity crisis. Shaddix could never fully settle on a vocal style so the rap style fluttered in and out but they’ve creeped back into the fold on F.E.A.R. 

Shaddix is no Eminem but he does deserve credit as his voice is powerful and suits what Papa Roach is after on 99% of the album.

“Gravity”, which features Maria Brink of In This Moment and the aforementioned rap style vocals, is actually one of the highlights of the album — mainly for Brink, whose voice lends itself to such a haunting song. It takes a break from the typical Papa Roach in favour of a piano driven verse.

Again, Shaddix doesn’t stray from what he’s used as past lyrical inspiration, although he does deliver on “Skeletons”, singing: “Brick by brick I’ve built this wall, I shut you out to break the fall. I will shed my sins. I’ll show you my skeletons.”

Other notable songs that will grab the attention of fans are “Falling Apart” and “War Over Me”.

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SAY WHAT: s’tahw eht zzub ta repuS lwoB aideM yaD?

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Super Bowl XLIX is just mere days away and the official team Media Days have produced some fantastic stories, including one of the most heartbreaking involving four of man’s best friend.


1. Video: Skittles got Marshawn Lynch to break his media silence via Sports Illustrated

So much media attention has surrounded Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch because of his dynamic performances on the field. For someone whose play garnishes said attention, he’s not one who wants it. He just him and his organisation seems to be perfectly fine allowing him to be ‘Shawn. To be Beast Mode.

He made repeated use of the answer, “I’m here so I don’t get fined” and “You know I’m here” to avoid a reported $500,000 fine from the NFL. According to sources, he doesn’t think too highly or have much respect for his employer — the Average Joe would probably be walking out of the building with his things in a box if they said that.

Marshawn doesn’t need to talk. He shouldn’t be forced to. This day and age, so many people say, “I let my playing do the talk” but don’t back it. Beast Mode was fourth in rushing yards in 2014 with 1,306 on 28.6% less carries than the League leader, DeMarco Murray. Lynch was second in yards after contact during the regular season and posted a career-high of 17 total touchdowns — 13 rushing and four receiving.

Let Marshawn be Marshawn because that’s what’s real, he’s himself. It’s minute but he gave a sample to back it up in an E:60 Feature.

Everyone has a desire to go Beast Mode, whether it be on the field or in the office. Marshawn summed up the feeling: “You don’t feel in Beast Mode. It feels you.”

2. Video: Richard Sherman busts out a salsa dance at Super Bowl Media Day via Fansided.com

Those Stanford guys are something else… not only smart but they can dance as well.

Richard Sherman is the anti-Marshawn Lynch and that’s what makes the Seattle Seahawks so entertaining to follow. They have such unique and diverse personalities and their players aren’t afraid to show it. So many teams are “letter to the law” and it’s refreshing that Pete Carroll allows his players to be free because he does it himself.

3. Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett made the most of Super Bowl Media Day via The Washington Post 

Michael Bennett made clear that he is the, probably one of the many, Badass Billy Gunn of the NFL — a bonafide an ass man.

In particular his wife’s.

He stole the show on Monday at Media Day, answering a host of questions that tread on the boundaries between TV safe and a complaint from the FCC.

Is it a dream of everyone’s to step up to a microphone and give a shout out to their ‘ features preference’?

*Hand up*

His best response to a question: “No sex after Wednesday. Gonna save it all until after Sunday.”

Yikes.


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4. Watch: Gronk reads his erotic novel at media day via Boston.com

In 2014, Gronk fanatic Lacey Noonan released her 38-page erotic fiction novel entitled A Gronking to Remember: Book One in the Rob Gronkowski Erotica Series, which is available for sale on Amazon Kindle for $2.80.

Rob Gronkowski has had an interesting start to his week in Arizona. It all started when slept through a fire alarm at their hotel. And now, a report has finally succeeded in getting the Patriot to read a passage from a book he inspired.

A snippet of the book’s “hot ‘n’ heavy” description reads:

When the ball shoots into the stratosphere, Leigh’s heart goes apitter-patter and she becomes seriously turned on. Now normally-sheepish Leigh can’t stop thinking about it. She’d never given a second thought to football, but now the primal power of the Gronk Spike, and this raw monster of a man, Rob Gronkowski, is all that she wants, and she’ll stop at nothing until the romance of a lifetime is hers.

Huh? If you plan on stealing the best tight-end in the League for potentially “BiBi-Jones-esque things”, at least wait until after the Super Bowl.

If the video of Gronk reading a short passage doesn’t do it, read some of the best A Gronking reviews.

5. Patriot’s Alan Branch playing with heavy heart after death of his dogs via Boston Globe

Media Day does well to remind fans that professional athletes are just as human as the rest of us, even if they are a 325 lbs. defensive tackle.

Ben Volin writes, “This one’s for Tonka. And Buick. And Francis. And Snickers.”

And Ben Volin is not referring to the American Toy company, car company, candy bar or the current pope of the Catholic Church.

MUSIC: Within the Ruins delivered top-rate gig in Leeds

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Within the Ruins’ headlining performance at Leeds’ Key Club on Wednesday night was phenomenal, featuring several songs from Phenomena (E1 Music).

It was stop six of their near four week European tour with co-headliners, I DECLARE WAR (U.S.), and support-band, AVERSIONS CROWN (A.U.). It’s Within the Ruins first Euro run since Bonecrusher Fest 2012.

Drummer, ‘Drummer’, was heard saying: “Man, I couldn’t hear a thing out of the monitors but I was right in it. I felt my playing was on.”

It was. The entire band was locked in, putting in a performance that deserved praise. Guitarist, Joe Cocchi, wowed both regular and new fans alike, whilst Tim Goergen’s vocals have reached new heights since his debut on Invade. Andrew Tate won the on-stage butt-slapping battle between he and Goergen.

The Massachusetts based band teased the crowd with an older song, “Invade”, and then did well to balance their latest two releases.

Goergen’s comic book lyrics are unique and sparked interest with fans who asked how he decided on pursuing that concept.

Their set was a journey, like that of characters their songs on Phenomena are about. They captivate fans with comic-booked based agendas in songs like “Gods Amongst Men” and “Calling Card” — a fitting final song, which ends with a haunting message: “I will carve a smile into this pathetic world.”

SAY WHAT: “It’s quiet now. So quiet that I can almost hear other people’s dreams.”

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1. Title game sets record for cable, but not overall via The New York Times

The 2006 BCS National Championship game featuring Vince Young and Texas’ comeback reigns supreme in the college football landscape, but the inaugural year of the College Football Playoff was a huge success.

It’s crazy to think that in the old BCS system, Alabama and Florida State would have likely played for the title, whilst both Ohio State and Oregon would’ve been done on New Year’s Day. The four-team playoff did its job (unless you’re TCU or Baylor).

Inside look: A total of 33.4 million viewers isn’t a bad takeaway when the big brother, the N.F.L. drew an average of 37.8 for it’s four playoff games this past weekend.

2. £5,000 dental bill after punch for repeatedly slapping pal on the butt via Daily Echo

There are several points in this story that are laughable:

  • The incident occurred in October 2013, but Frank Nash did not report it until four months later. (???)
  • Injuries sustained: his mate knocked out THREE teeth and fractured his jaw.
  • ‘He also denied asking Phillips and his girlfriend if they would like to indulge in a threesome.’

Good game. *slaps buttocks*

3. Disturbance yields unlikely encounter via WWLP

Everything weird starts at that East Main Street McDonald’s – or at one of the many Dunkin Donuts in the area.

Just read.

4. Kurt Busch: Ex was trained killer via ESPN

HOW ON EARTH HAVE YOU TWO-BROKEN UP AND YOU’RE STILL HERE TO TELL THE TALE???

She must not have been a very well trained assassin with that sort of “let it go” attitude…

5. Kings’ Nik Stauskas will let HS fan take his girlfriend to prom for retweets via Bleacher Report

Don’t have a date to prom? Someone tweet Blake Bortles about the availability of Lindsey Duke?

Nothing says “love” like bargaining with RTs…

6. Nude shaming: Why do we think we’re better than women who take their clothes off? via The Telegraph 

Going to keep this simple.

Remember the story of Karen Danzcuk selling selfies for £10? She found a market where she was in demand – most likely by both genders.

Likewise, Mia Khalifa tapped into a market where she thrived. The controversy surrounding one of her scenes only helped to elevate her career.

So many folks turn their nose up at a booming industry. Look at the success of The Sun’s Page 3 or girls in The Daily Star.

Think before you criticise says Rebecca Reid:

“When we criticise Cyrus, or anyone else for their nudity, we’re hypocrites. How did the waitress recognise Hobbs? Because she’d seen her on adult television, of course. In some guise, she’d watched Hobbs “get her tits out.”

7. The BBC girl aged 27 who’s held a party to say goodbye to her breasts: How more and more women are having double mastectomies because cancer has hit their loved ones via Daily Mail

Breast Cancer Campaign and Cancer.org state that one woman in eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime – a staggering fact.

The ways in which people with cancer or those that are susceptible to it respond is always amazing. For example, take the late ESPN sports caster, Stuart Scott, and his story as written by The New York Times.

Claira Hermet, whose mum and sister both died of breast cancer, is taking every precaution because she is a carrier of the faulty BRCA1 gene. Fair play to her.

“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” –Stuart Scott

CFB PLAYOFF: Ohio State defeated Oregon 42-20 in the first College Football Playoff…

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CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Penn State via Flickr


… and now we live in a world where the champion’s only loss was to a, somehow, 7-6 Virginia Tech team that partook in a game where zero points were scored in regulation by either team. 

But that would be petty and considered “living in the past”, right?

Yes and no… that Virginia Tech team went 5-6 after their early season win at the Horseshoe, including the bowl game victory. The Hokies most famed defeated came against Wake Forest, a team winless in the conference. The game miraculously finished 6-3 double-overtime, but was tied at 0-0.

Although that’s not whole story and it surely isn’t the reason why people were “haters” of Ohio State or the Big 10 this year.

Look at the conference: The gulf in class between top teams—Ohio State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin—and the rest of the Big 10 was too horrific, which forced people to question the true might of the top trio. Note: Wisconsin lost to LSU 28-24 and Michigan State lost to Oregon 46-27. Both claimed season-ending redemption in bowl games, albeit other competition, against Auburn and Baylor, respectively.

It was intriguing that Cardale Jones found it necessary to speak out against the so-called “haters” after their win over Oregon. After his performance in the Big 10 championship, the Sugar Bowl and National Championship, he didn’t have any haters. When the question is, “Should he go pro after just three games?”, you’ve validated your skill. At 6-5, 250lbs. Jones showed speed, pocket presence and a cannon arm that resembles the likes of Ben Roethlisberger. Not a like-for-like comparison in every instance, but similar builds.

By extension, a lot of people were already picking the Buckeyes because of Jones and Ezekiel Elliot, and the team had a top-20 defence (#15), giving up an average of 328 yards per game. Also, the Ducks were without a handful of key players – some through injury and others through stupidity.

In the National Championship game, Oregon only put up 20 points, which was 1.2 points below the season average that Ohio State allowed.

Quite frankly, the Buckeyes never looked like a team that was going to lose on Monday, even when they went down 7-0 after Oregon’s opening drive. The ball game could’ve been called when Dwayne Stanford dropped that wide-open 3rd down pass. Ohio State would go on to hold Oregon 2-for-12 on 3rd down; 0-for-2 on 4th down. The Buckeyes were 3-for-3 on 4th down, including a time where the QB sneak was thwarted at the line and Jones cleverly brought the ball to the outside and dove for the 1st down.

So, does Ohio States’ win signal that the Big 10 is back?

No. Ohio State just showed they were a class above and, now, are frontrunners to dominate the Big 10 again. The potential of having all three outstanding quarterbacks returning to campus in 2015 only magnifies the current divide in the Big 10. Regardless of who is under centre, the Buckeyes will be loaded and defensive coordinators will be crying over how to stop Elliot, who rushed for 696 yards and total of eight touchdowns in a three-game span.

Roll on year two of the College Football Playoff.

SAY WHAT: “Lonely, vaguely pedophilic swing set seeks the butts of children”

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1. Nando’s pull Oldham Athletic sponsorship as Ched Evans row rumbles on via Manchester Evening News

Oldham Athletic was the most recent club to show interest in Ched Evans – but in what seems like the same week, they became the next to bow to sponsors and fans.

ZenOffice and Verlin Rainwater Solutions dropped Oldham amid speculation that Evans would be joining the club and the companies were soon followed by… Nando’s? Yes, the tasty peri peri poultry providers, who boast 3.2 million plus likes on Facebook, ended their sponsorship as well.

Verdict: The narrative will likely be the same for any club and whilst an unpopular opinion, the longer Evans remains unattached, the more his face will be in the news – and not everyone protesting his bid to get back into football is going about it the right way. Evans should use his current situation to educate others of the consequences crime, whether innocent or not.


2. This 21-year-old just became the Internet’s most controversial porn starControversial porn star Mia Khalifa is receiving death threats for wearing a hijab via Cosmopolitan 

Mia Khalifa was quoted in The Washington Post saying: “There are Hollywood movies that depict Muslims in a much worse manner than any scene Bang Bros could produce.”

A valid point. Sony’s recent decision to not release ‘The Interview’ in cinemas, which features a scene depicting the assassination/death of a certain political leader, has turned into an estimated $31 million after deciding to release it online.

It’s hard to understand the exact satirical meaning Ms Khalifa spoke of, but there’s definitely far worse that has appeared on camera, such as the killings of journalists. Needless to say, this girl is witty.

Thought: When was the last time you had time on your hands to consider the moral and ethical consequences of a porno?


3/4. The Atlanta Hawks had a Tinder-themed night, and this is what happened via USA Today and Romantic Southampton fan given boost by Sammy Saint via The Daily Echo 

It’s safe to say both teams were exceptionally creative in playing Matchmaker.

Sammy the Saint sparked romance between @_timcorn and a girl he fancied in his row at St Mary’s, whilst Atlanta tip-toed a fine line between creepy and entertainment with their “Swipe Right Night”.

Regardless, both instances confirmed that a Fever Pitch ending is possible at hallowed sports grounds and arenas across the globe – just don’t spill beer or drop popcorn on him or her.

Heh: Next time I’m at St Mary’s, someone swipe me right?


5. The perfect present? Labour MP’s wife Karen Danczuk sells signed, scented and predictably cleavage-healthy selfies for £10 on eBay via Daily Mail and Manchester Evening News

The Mail gets the nod for providing the figure that Rochdale Cllr. Danczuk sold 400 photos in less than 24 hours, but the MEN deserves credit for taking the time to publish a gallery on their website of her top 2014 selfies, obviously on a slow New Year’s news day.

What adds great hilarity to the story is that women had been using her photos on dating websites.

She received a lot of criticism for the endeavour, but one cannot deny the councillor hit oil. Hats off to her for business-savvy thinking.

Follow: Cllr. @KarenDanczuk on Twitter because she has some proper gems.