Put any two metal stars in a room with some drinks after hours and you’ll probably get a fun singalong out of it. No matter how hardcore and evil they are, your average metal dude loves screaming along to ABBA when the lights are low and the ABV is high, which results in a lot of normally-intense metal singers losing their minds at karaoke. Case in point, video has surfaced of Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix and Bring The Me The Horizon vocalist Oli Sykes having a big singalong to the former’s smash hit “Last Resort” together.
As reported by Kerrang!, the duo got into it at Emo Nite LA, singing along to the nu-metal classic to a solid crowd around them. Oli and Jacoby seem in good spirits, getting those in their cadre to sing along between throwing arms over one another’s shoulders. It’s definitely a flex for Shaddix to perform his own song with another singer as karaoke, we’ll give him that.
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Once upon a time, Shaddix and Sykes may have both wanted to distance themselves from “Last Resort” and the movement surrounding it. But as Shaddix pointed out in an interview from this March, nu-metal’s back, and he’s proud to have been a part of its development.
“In the critics’ eyes, our second album, [2002’s] Lovehatetragedy, was an epic failure,” said Shaddix. “But I look back on it very fondly. It was a necessary record to make to continue to build our identity. We felt like we were being pigeon-holed as a one-trick pony, and we felt there was so much more to our band than the nu metal tag. I love being one of the forefathers of nu metal, that’s fucking dope, but we’ve been able to outlive it and celebrate it at the same time.
“I’m in eternal gratitude to our fans for sticking with us through the highs and the lows,” continued Jacoby. “We’ve had great successes and great failures, but we’re courageous enough as creators to keep putting ourselves out, put our blood onto the dance floor and risk it. This is our way to put a pin in it, because we’re moving on. We signed a new record deal, so this is a great way to bookend this period of our career. It’s an ending, but it’s a new beginning too.”
Words by Chris Krovatin