Infest (album)

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Papa Roach Infest.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 25, 2000
RecordedOctober 1999 – January 2000 at NRG Studios in Hollywood, California
ProducerJay Baumgardner
Papa Roach chronology
Let 'Em Know
Singles from Infest
  1. "Last Resort"
    Released: September 2000
  2. "Broken Home"
    Released: January 31, 2001
  3. "Between Angels and Insects"
    Released: May 22, 2001
  4. "Dead Cell"
    Released: November 21, 2001
Alternative cover
Alternate cover used in several territories
Alternate cover used in several territories
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyC−[5]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
ThePRP4/5 stars[9]

Infest is the second studio album and major-label debut by the American rock band Papa Roach. It was released on April 25, 2000 through DreamWorks Records, and became the 20th highest-selling album of 2000 in the United States. The sound of the album is nu metal and rap metal. Many of the album songs contains rapping and hip hop influences. It was certified 3× Platinum in the U.S. on July 18, 2001, and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. This album earned the band a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Infest has sold more than seven million copies worldwide, with three million sold in the U.S. It is their best-selling album to date. Papa Roach got together and performed the album live in studio to stream worldwide on June 20, 2020. The whole performance was released on YouTube on September 15, 2020.


Papa Roach was formed in 1993, as a funk metal and rap rock band.[10] In February 1997, Papa Roach released their first album, Old Friends from Young Years, though the album failed to get the band a record deal. Papa Roach release new demos in 1998, and a demo in 1999 featuring the songs, "Last Resort", "Broken Home", "She Loves Me Not" (the only song which would not end up in this album, instead being re-recorded for Lovehatetragedy), "Infest", and "Dead Cell". Papa Roach toured in 1999; the band had an underground fan base in California. Due to the underground success of the 1999 demo heard by in house producers Tim & Bob, Papa Roach were signed to DreamWorks Records.[11]

Writing and recording[edit]

Papa Roach went to the studio in late of 1999 to record Infest.[12] Though many songs including "Last Resort", "Broken Home", "Revenge", and "Dead Cell" had already recorded, the band re-recorded them and made some changes to the lyrics. "Broken Home" deals with Jacoby Shaddix's broken relationship with his father.[13] Papa Roach decided what songs would appear on the album, though the band only wrote three of the songs: "Obsession", which would later renamed "Between Angels and Insects", "Blood Brothers", and "Never Enough". Papa Roach got Adam Goldstein to DJ for some tracks, including "Snakes". The closing track "Thrown Away" contains a softer, reggae-inspired version of the song "Tightrope", which starts at about 4:57. Papa Roach completed recording the album by early 2000.[14]


Infest was released in the United States and Canada on April 25, 2000 following radio play of "Last Resort".[15] Infest debuted at No. 30 at the Billboard 200 albums chart. "Last Resort" became a massive hit throughout 2000 and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[16] With the massive mainstream success of "Last Resort", Infest reached No. 5 at the Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The follow-up singles from Infest, "Broken Home", and "Between Angels and Insects", also charted. Following the success, Papa Roach went on several of tours. In 2000, the band performed at tours including Vans Warped Tour and the Anger Management Tour with Limp Bizkit and rap and hip hop acts such as Eminem, E-40, Xzibit, and Ludacris. In 2001, the band toured Ozzfest, where they performed main stage, on both the United States and United Kingdom tours. Papa Roach also played in some MTV shows during 2001. Infest was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA and is Papa Roach's best-selling album to date.[17] As of 2010, the album has sold over 8,000,000 copies worldwide,[citation needed] including 3,000,000 in the U.S.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Papa Roach.

2."Last Resort"3:19
3."Broken Home"3:41
4."Dead Cell"3:06
5."Between Angels and Insects"3:54
6."Blood Brothers" (replaced with "Legacy [clean version]" on the censored version)3:34
9."Never Enough"3:35
11."Thrown Away" (includes hidden track "Tightrope")9:36
Total length:45:53

Import bonus tracks

12."Legacy" (clean)3:04
13."Dead Cell" (live)3:51
14."Last Resort" (clean) (CD-ROM video)3:20


  • "Revenge" contains an interpolation of Roger Webb's "Assignation".


Papa Roach
Additional musicians
  • DJ AM - scratches on "Revenge" and "Snakes"
  • Aimee Echo and Rodney Duke - background vocals on "Dead Cell"
  • Produced and mixed by Jay Baumgardner
  • Engineer: David Dominguez
  • Pro Tools and engineer: James Murray
  • Mix engineer: D Rock
  • Recorded and mixed at NRG Recording Services, N. Hollywood
  • Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk, N.Y.
  • A&R: Ron Handler
  • Management: Bigtime Management
  • Product manager: Monica Mylod
  • Business management: Zeisler, Zeisler & Augus
  • Booking agent: Jenna Adler for Creative Artists Agency
  • Legal representation: Elliot Cahn
  • Art direction, photography and design: P.R. Brown at Bau-Da Design Lab LA


  • "Blood Brothers" appeared in the 2000 video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, the 2001 film The One (along with "Last Resort"), and the teaser trailer for the movie Evolution.
  • In "Blood Brothers", the lyrics reference the Terminator's line "It's in your nature to destroy yourselves."
  • "Never Enough" appeared in the 2001 racing video game Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec.
  • "Last Resort" appeared in the second episode of Smallville and in an episode of Cold Case as well as other TV shows and movies (including The One).
  • The 1999 demo version of "Last Resort" is also available as a downloadable track in the Rock Band games.
  • "Dead Cell" appeared in the films The Skulls and Queen of the Damned, and on the soundtrack for the 2001 video game Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder.
  • Guitar and bass guitar tab songbooks have been released for the album, both including the bonus track "Legacy".
  • A heavier version of the song "Tightrope" was originally featured on the independent 1999 demo, Let 'Em Know.
  • "Between Angels and Insects" was included as DLC for Rock Band Unplugged.
  • "Between Angels and Insects" was used by the WWF as the theme song for the WWF Invasion PPV.
  • Last Resort was featured in the American Dad! (Season 16) episode 'The Hand That Rocks the Rogu'
  • "Blood Brothers" appears in the soundtrack of the 2006 video game "Flatout 2".



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[35] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[36] 2× Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[37] Gold 7,500^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[38] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[40] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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