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Falling In Reverse - Coming Home album review

All pop, zero punk

Cover art for Falling In Reverse - Coming Home album

Touted as an exploration of the band’s sound and described as a major departure by frontman Ronnie Radke, all the teasing surrounding FIR’s fourth album seems to amount to is 11 variations on the millennial whoop songbook.

All the emo-rooted, posthardcore stylistic hallmarks are present and correct, embellished with a load of electronic arsing about on top, but the almost constant use of the same soaring ‘wo-ah’ pop hooks will soon have you wanting to hack your ears off with a pair of blunt scissors.

Throw in whiny and witless lyrical content that veers sharply into what sounds alarmingly like plain old self-pity – check out Broken, Loser, Fuck You And All Your Friends, I Hate Everyone, I’m softwareuiphraseguid=“ab8b7d64-5c53-4e48-9252-87846a9f14e2”>SOFTWAREmark” gingersoftwareuiphraseguid=“ab8b7d64-5c53-4e48-9252-87846a9f14e2” id=“459be337-ea23-4c43-9271-0c8ea38d28f4”>Bad At Life, Hanging On… in fact, most of the album – and this is one pretty miserable party, albeit one that probably sounds immense through an iPhone and a pair of Beats.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.