Falling In Reverse: Just Like You

Post-hardcore whipping boys keep themselves in check

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2013’s shamelessly nutty Fashionably Late was about as divisive as it gets, and Falling In Reverse’s decision to rein in the madness and simplify their approach this time out has worked wonders.

Yes, there are still moments of barmy genre-splicing – it takes less than three minutes for breathless opener Chemical Prisoner to dip into a bit of tokenistic electronica and the dorky rapping on Wait And See will grate for some – but this is a well-crafted, earnest and diverse set of modern rock and metal anthems.

Ronnie Radke continues to showcase his considerable songwriting prowess and the indisputable talents of his cohorts, particularly those of guitarist Jacky Vincent, who’s one of the most underrated shredders in the game and stamps his solos all over the joint.

From the heavy metal gallop of God, If You Are Above… and glammy swagger of Sexy Drug to the ballsier, metalcore-primed stylings of Guillotine IV, The Bitter End and Die For You, this is still unlike anything else you’ll likely hear this year, and ludicrous fun for it./o:p

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He is also probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.