Falling in Reverse has met their fair share publicity whether it’s good or bad; it’s something they kind of strive off of. Led by the controversial but prominent lead singer Ronnie Radke, the band has gone through various band lineup changes to incorporating rap in their songs provided by the ever-talented Radke. The band we see today is a different band then what started out almost a decade ago, the musical shifts while subtle are noticeable from being a 80’s arena rock inspired band in both The Drug in Me is You and Fashionably Late to modernizing their tone in Just like You, the band has been shape shifting throughout the years to find solid and their place. Now the Los Vegas heroes return with an emotionally charged and a surprisingly different album entitled “Coming Home”, which is a total 180 from what we expect from them, ditching their post hardcore sound they find new ground in an experimental vibe.
First off, “Coming Home” is a welcoming departure from the out played style that has been emulated in other bands like Black Veil Brides and others like that and gain a more solid and a well rounded album, while it’s a different type of Falling in Reverse record hints of Radke signature style is scattered throughout his writing style has changed and its going into the territory of 30 seconds to mars if one must compare, however not all is right the album opener and the album title song Coming Home touches a safe area for them but you can already hear the direction in which the album coming home-in fact much of the first half of the record is very safe, Loser for example sounds a lot like something off their debut The Drug in Me is You which is fine but if this album is branching out there needs some change and the first half doesn’t make that shift. Around the seventh song, Hanging On has some influence of old FIR but it’s surprisingly the first different song on the record and it feels really refreshing to hear a different side of the band, Superhero further them pushing the boundary and it pays off, for once FIR can reach a much bigger audience with these songs and that’s the key to their success if they show how versatile they are rather than being a one dimensional that we saw in the early FIR days they can be bigger than what they are. The Departure emulates what the record is about, Radke brings out his everything in this song it captures the tone and the direction in which the band is going and for once it’s the most non-sounding FIR song ever. The Departure is showing that band can pave new footing in genre that is new to them and do it effortlessly it.
Falling in Reverse has been through a lot, and in the scene in which they were quietly falling into irrelevancy they managed to come back louder than ever. Even though the record is rough around the edges, it shows they’re opening up and breaking out while the first half holds the album down it’s truly around the second half that makes up for that. We’re seeing a new and better side of Radke and company with songs that can be remembered, that was problem in the past whenever they would put out a record it die off quit quickly but “Coming Home” forces itself to in front centre long after FIR are no more, maybe now with this new direction we will see what the band is supposed to be about.