Falling in Reverse
The Drug in Me Is You


2.0
poor

Review

by fish CONTRIBUTOR (43 Reviews)
July 16th, 2011 | 206 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like fingernails on a cell wall.

It’s fair to say that there is a certain amount of expectation when it comes to Falling in Reverse’s debut album, The Drug In Me Is You. Most people curious about the album will be familiar with frontman Ronnie Radke’s past in Escape the Fate and his 2 ½ year stint in prison (which ended in December last year). Many people who enjoyed Dying Is Your Latest Fashion-era Escape The Fate but have felt alienated by Radke’s replacement and their subsequent albums have high hopes that this could hark back to those days. But whether you’re hoping for DIYLF Pt. 2 or just looking for a fun and exciting pop-metal record, The Drug In Me Is You will disappoint you.

Writing catchy metalcore is fine if can you do it well, and Ronnie Radke’s clean and polished voice is obviously well suited for large melodic hooks. Unfortunately, Falling in Reverse have noticed this. Surely this should be a good thing? Not when it’s relied on this much. Almost every song sounds the same in that they employ a verse-chorus structure with a large, poppy chorus over chugging guitars. Since the vocals are practically the only point of interest 90% of the time, this leaves nothing to fall back on should it fail to capture the listener. Which it does. A lot.

That’s the part that Falling In Reverse have failed to consider. Can they actually, consistently, write catchy melodies? Consistently, no. Of course there are one or two particularly catchy songs, notably the title track with its “I've lost my god damn mind/It happens all the time/I can't believe I'm actually/Meant to be here/Trying to consume/The drug in me is you” chorus. People may also find a couple or more specific other songs appealing but with the exception of the title track the rest of the album is completely hit and miss; and usually the latter. The fundamental problem is simply that the melodies just aren’t that great. It doesn’t help that Radke’s shrill voice becomes extremely irritating by the end of the record. But at least they're always better his screams (just listen to the ending of “Don’t Mess With Ouija Boards”).

As for the guitars, when they aren’t chugging away to their heart’s content, they’re playing a god-awful typical metalcore breakdown (“Sink or Swim” features no less than three) or a solo that for the large part of the time seems to value excessive speed over anything else. Not a single song fails to include either one or both and they rarely add anything to the song; indeed, often making it worse. And there’s no variety when all of your songs are typical verse-largechorus-solo/breakdown songs, especially when they’re as generic as they are.

One of the most infuriating things about The Drug In Me Is You are the cringe-worthy moments abundant throughout the record. Ranging from the ridiculous keyboard solo on “Raised By Wolves” (that sounds like it could come straight off of a Super Mario game), to the samples of vomiting in “I’m Not A Vampire”, the la-la-la-ing in “Tragic Magic”, the absolutely awful breakdown in “Don’t Mess With Ouija Boards”, and the lyrics/song subjects of some songs (for example in “Tragic Magic” where Ronnie Radke declares himself “king of the music scene” ); The Drug In Me Is You stands as a perfect example of how ridiculous additions to a song can almost completely ruin it for the average listener. Even when the verses make an attempt to be different and interesting in relation to the rest of the album (for example in “Caught Like A Fly”), it falls foul to this demerit. These aspects were obviously added to try to make the record fun, to fit in with its poppy chorus agenda, but somehow it just doesn’t work.

In short, The Drug In Me Is You is a failure. Its attempt to create catchy post-hardcore/metalcore for the large part fails and it relies too much on its ability to do so for it to give the listener much else to digest. The breakdowns and solos are terrible and many sound the same anyway. Combine all this with the overuse of the same song structure and the listener may not feel they are getting the variety that twelve songs should promise. It is simply too uninventive, too generic and too dull. Falling In Reverse have some thinking to do.

Recommended Tracks
*The Drug In Me Is You

Positives
+Listeners may find some songs, especially the title track, catchy
+Ronnie Radke’s singing voice is well suited to this type of music

Negatives
-Generic and uninventive guitar parts
-Overuse of solos and breakdowns
-Solos and breakdowns are largely awful with the exception of one or two (solos that is)
-Ronnie Radke’s voice can get irritating by the end of the record
-Ronnie Radke’s screams
-Ridiculous, cringe-worthy moments (of which there are so many)
-Hit and miss melodies



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 16th 2011


21965 Comments


2nd review. Spent quite a while on it but constructive criticism is welcome

FearThyEvil
July 16th 2011


12547 Comments


I'd fix the negative points you made considering they could easily be combined into one point. You could have 4 points instead of the 8 you have with the exact same thing you were saying.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 16th 2011


21965 Comments


yeah I just wanted to space the individual aspects out and it felt like 2 v 4 points wouldn't look like it justified a 2/5.
I'll have to make edits tomorrow cos I don't have access to a computer again until then

FearThyEvil
July 16th 2011


12547 Comments


It's cool the review read pretty well anyway. I'll pos for you. I want to see you give a positive review for a band soon considering both your reviews are negative ones. However, for both bands you reviewed it only makes sense for them to be negative.

MalleusMaleficarum
July 16th 2011


14333 Comments


hopefully this will be the last review written for this album.

tkxxx7
July 16th 2011


6153 Comments


But at least they’re will always better his screams


ya

nothin else significant

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 16th 2011


21965 Comments


@andcas, When I was writing notes for this I wrote 'worst song ending ever' under that song. there're so many bad moments though it would be diluted if i'd included them all
@fearthyevil, I was actually gonna review japanese voyeurs' debut before this but since it was streamed early and it seems quite a popular choice I wanted to get in there fast

Bleekill
July 16th 2011


832 Comments


The title for this album is so gay it's hilarious



FourthReich
July 16th 2011


17570 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Someone said that the, your love is my drug, metaphors need to stop. One of the smartest suggestions I have seen on this site.

FourthReich
July 16th 2011


17570 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

*ke$ha

Devastator
July 16th 2011


2496 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Review told me everything I need to know about this album. Awesome job AnarchistFish! POS'D!

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ZippaThaRippa
July 16th 2011


2418 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

There are a couple songs that I actually really enjoy on this but there are so many 'what the fuck' moments it's hard to really get into it.

IrishJay91
July 16th 2011


688 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

pretty much exactly how i feel about the album... i felt like, even for just what they were trying to do, it was really poorly executed... tragic magic is the worst song I've heard in quite a while

RaiseHail
July 16th 2011


118 Comments


Why the hell do people not hate Good Girls Bad Guys and Pick up the Phone worse than Tragic Magic? I mean those songs are just pure shit, at least Tragic Magic has some sort of catchiness...

FourthReich
July 17th 2011


17570 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

You gave it a five? If this is a five We The Kings Sunshine State of Mind is a 10.

IrishJay91
July 17th 2011


688 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

new 3 Doors Sown was atrocious too. I mean, this at least made me laugh a little.
"Why the hell do people not hate Good Girls Bad Guys and Pick up the Phone worse than Tragic Magic?"
both those songsjust came and went for me, like they were bad, but so was the rest of it. Tragic Magic was special.

FourthReich
July 17th 2011


17570 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

"new 3 Doors Sown was atrocious too"


I edited my post to something worse lol

IrishJay91
July 17th 2011


688 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

well now i look silly...
still true though.

IllPromiseYouThat
July 17th 2011


427 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

better constructed review then mine. I agree with your points. pos'd.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2011


21965 Comments


The album would be a 2.5 if it weren't for the wtf moments.
Good Girls Bad Guys actually doesn't have a bad tune but the lyrics ruin it



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