This Day In Music History: April 25, 2000 – Papa Roach releases major label debut album, “Infest”

The year 2000 was admittedly a fantastic year for fans of alt-rock, hip-hop, and especially nu-metal. 3 of the latter genre’s biggest releases in Hybrid Theory, White Pony, and Papa Roach’s sophomore album Infest infiltrated the mainstream. And while many fans of the band perceive Papa Roach to have fallen off a bit after this album, they’ve still continued to release very strong material, especially on 2015’s F.E.A.R. and its predecessor The Connection.

For a long time, many of these songs were all over rock radio and video game & movie soundtracks, from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 to Queen Of The Damned. “Last Resort” in particular is still all over rock radio, proving that old habits die hard. Infest is the band’s most successful release, going triple platinum in the USA and still maintaing a presence as one of the better albums under the nu-metal banner. Tracks like “Dead Cell” and “Revenge” show that Infest has also aged well, not sounding outdated or ancient after 2 decades. While the band has maintained a great deal of popularity even as they’ve aged, their early records will always hold a great deal of nostalgia and memorability. After all, there’s a reason much of Papa Roach’s usual setlist consists of songs from their first few records.