Yep, you read that right.
Following on from 2018’s sibling singles, ‘Losing My Mind‘ and ‘Losing My Life‘, Falling In Reverse are now gearing up for a new album cycle in 2019 with their latest single, ‘Drugs‘. And it’s… something.
While the whole thing is pretty much a big mess, there’s still a lot going on musically and visually, so one can’t say that it’s completely uninteresting or dull. In fact, I actually quite like how the band are trying to at least have some consistent narrative with their recent music videos. But let’s get to the song itself!
With how the track shifts between extended melodic synth parts, trap-focused white-boy rapping with extreme auto-tuned vocals (which I don’t mind as Ronnie can actually sing, so it’s just for effect), to some really stacked alternative/post-hardcore moments – Corey Taylor’s heavier, Slipknot-sounding guest spot notwithstanding – ‘Drugs‘ is very scattered. Funnily enough, kinda like someone’s brain being laced with hardcore drugs, a la the trippy, colourful video edits seen in the clip.
Honing in on Corey’s part, there is some solid marketing tactics here in Falling In Reverse featuring one of the most well-known vocalists in rock and metal today, yet the song title and video description don’t at all hint to said feature being present. So when about 3:00 hits, it’s a real shock to the system to when Slipknot and Stone Sour’s Big Mouth enters the game. It’s arguably the best part of the song, even if that’s not saying all that much. Well, not now that I’ve spoiled it for you if you haven’t seen the video/heard the song yet. You’re welcome.
That being said, the song’s lyrical content about a modern-day fractured America – how everyone’s stuck in the shit together under “the American Dream” and how everyone is equally complacent but insane – are pretty in-vogue and shallow ideas. But then again, who the hell is coming to Ronnie Radke and Falling In Reverse for biting social and insightful political commentary? Exactly: no one.
In the end, ‘Drugs‘ is more or less a slap right to my face that 2017’s solid ‘Coming Home‘ LP really was a one-off for this band. Dang.