Review Summary: RONNIE'S BACK!! RONNIE'S BACK!!! RONNIE'S..........Oh, Wait....
I'll be the first to admit that Escape The Fate is a lame band. But I'll also admit that I really enjoy them. Say what you will, but the bands first EP, 'There's No Sympathy For The Dead' was nothing less than 5 tracks of purely enjoyable, energetic pop-post-hardcore. The bands following full length debut, 'Dying Is Your Latest Fashion' offered more of the same catchy, fast-food-esque nonsense that proved so enjoyable the first time round. Indigestion soon reared its head however, in the form of a nasty drug brou-haha involving frontman Ronnie Radke. To cut a long story short, the little tool was thrown in the big-house, and ETF was forced to continue with BlesstheFall poser Craig Mabbit. The trouble is, it was Radke's raspy, cracking yelp and badboy posturing that made the first two 'fate' offerings what they were. The bands next album blew hard, and tears were shed.
"But Asiatic!" you all cry, "We know all of this, and have made many hillarious quips about the matter in every Escape The Fate News item posted in the last three years. What does this have to do with Ronnie's new band, Falling In Reverse?". Well, everything, as it turns out. Ronnie is back, bitches, and with him the formula that made Escape The Fate so badass (or suck-ass, if you're not me, or over 13). It may appear that I'm writing all this to be amusingly ironic, as opposed to describing the sound and style of Falling In Reverse's debut album. So before I continue, I will fulfill that obligation, and give you an idea of what to expect from 'The Drug In Me Is You'. Expect 'Dying Is Your Latest Fashion - part II'. As much as I enjoy Escape The Fate, Ronnie was the only part of that band that wasn't expendable. Therefore, the only thing significantly different about Falling In Reverse is the name.
Expect more scream-along choruses, scene-kid poetry lyrics and blistering, squealling guitar solos. It's good fun for the unassuming listener, and the mark of cain for anyone else. Enjoy Ronnie's pining ("Sexy, Please text me!!"), words of wisdom ( "Don't mess with Oujia boards") and subtle references to his private life ("I've learned that my fate is something I can't Escape!"). There's some fun 'La-La-La-La-La's' in second track 'Tragic Magic', and if catchy is your bag, 'The Drug In Me Is You' will prove to be a sugary sweet experience. Just don't blame me if you get diabetes.
'Raised By Wolves'