Everyone’s favourite bad boy and controversial figure Ronnie Radke is back with Falling In Reverse‘s fourth record, ‘Coming Home’, which sees the Las Vegas based outfit take a step back from the scene that the former Escape The Fate singer claims to have revived.
The erratic frontman has been somewhat quiet lately in comparison to his normal antics, and this record certainly sees him avoiding the in-your-face ignorance that made him so loveable/hateable in the first place, but his maturity, or at least subtlety, makes for a decent record. A better proposition in terms of a rock record perhaps, but a toned down Ronnie Radke doesn’t have the spectacle value that ‘Bad Girls Club’ and ‘Alone’ brought to the table.
The first taste of ‘Coming Home’ came in the form of the title-track, which at the time seemed a peculiar direction for the post-hardcore band, with the atmospheric builds in the song being far more akin to the likes of Thirty Seconds To Mars, but it works as an opener and inducts us into the record well. You can hear the undertones of that space-y feel throughout the LP. ‘Loser’ nods towards the last couple of records with the faster tempo sections, and Radke‘s voice matches it note for note, and ‘Superhero’ hits the woahs along with an almost electronic riff that compliments the mood.
The statements from the band prior to release said that they were writing songs that sounded like nothing they’ve ever done before, and you can see how different genres have crept into the record. There’s a heavy pop-punk spine to ‘I Hate Everyone’ and ‘Fuck You And All Your Friends’, despite the My Chemical Romance-esque outer layer, and even the latter’s horrendously pre-pubescent lyrics of “I guess best friends don’t last forever” doesn’t even ruin the song too much.
Although Radke has managed to keep his nutty self packed-up for the album, it does however explode out during the bonus tracks. The overzealous gibberish of the past is back in ‘Right Now’, telling a tale of an alien crashing his spaceship into Earth, while ‘Paparazzi’ brings back the cheerleader chant and Sum 41 style that could easily be used in a kids TV show. The two ridiculous songs sum up the record perfectly; are they structurally or technically better than the eleven tracks on the standard record? No. Would you take a whole album of them over ‘Coming Home’? Hell yeah!
The crazy, outspoken Marmite singer divides opinion more than anyone else in the industry, and it’s brilliant for all parties. He’s mellowed a bit for ‘Coming Home’, and for those looking for a consistent ebb and flow, this record delivers more than any of their others, but it’s still the wacky and unexpected tracks that give us talking points and inexplicable admiration for the man. Long live Ronnie Radke, who is still keeping us on our toes.
Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)