One of my absolute favorites, Falling In Reverse, are releasing their new album, Coming Home tomorrow. It’s definitely a turn in a different direction for the band, but far from a wrong one. It’s been so fun over the years listening to the evolution of their sound from post hardcore/metalcore, to rap and EDM, now to a bit more relaxed ballad sound, all the while keeping that distinguishable FIR style. I think this album really portrays the genius in singer and founder Ronnie Radke. Jumping through genres while still making an impact lyrically and musically is no simple feat, but Radke appears to do it with ease.
While I could literally talk about how much I love every song, I’m going to pick a few that really stood out to me. First, the title track, “Coming Home.” Had you told me the same band who did “The Drug in Me is You” was also playing this song, I likely wouldn’t believe you. The sound is so different but once you listen for a second you can hear Radke’s phenomenal voice coming through. I am beyond ecstatic to see this performed live simply to see the crowd interaction and feel the powerful emotion coming through this one. The positive message in this song is obvious and beautiful.
“Fuck You and All Your Friends” was an instant favorite for me. I love the playful melody of the song, but mainly this one was a lyrical stand out. Stepping away from friendships is hard, but knowing that walking away is for the better is a tough thing to do. Radke has had plenty of that to deal with in his life between becoming sober, starting a new band and generally not knowing who to trust. There’s a message in this one for everyone.
Lastly, I want to talk about “The Departure.” The raw emotion of the truly tortured soul that is Ronnie Radke comes pouring out in waves in this one. One could only guess what drove the lyrics from his painful upbringing to the many hardships Ronnie has faced along the way. I do love the fact he is able to create something so beautiful and haunting from such a dark place. He has clearly found his outlet in the music.
In my humble opinion, I feel this is the most vulnerable album so far by FIR. I also think it’s safe to say it’s my favorite. Over the years I’ve become more and more attracted to a good lyric and Coming Home offers that in a way that we haven’t seen yet. It’s raw, it’s honest, and to just put it out there, it’s fucking dope. I truly believe this will be well received with the extremely dedicated Falling In Reverse fans, even with the new sound. I’m also certain this will draw in many new fans. Go get your copy of Coming Home now!